Georgia baseball prevails in roller coaster Senior Day showdown with Missouri

Georgia catcher Fernando Gonzalez (13) had a busy day handling Bulldogs' pitchers and at the plate on Senior Day at Foley Field in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, May 21, 2022. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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ATHENS — Georgia baseball finished the regular season on a high note, winning a knock-down, drag-out 11-10 battle on a 90-degree afternoon at Foley Field on Saturday.

Fernando Gonzalez, playing through an injured wrist, drove the winning run across the plate with a fielder’s choice infield grounder.

Georgia is the No. 6 seed in the SEC Tournament and will play No. 11 seed Alabama in the first game of the tourney (TV: 10:30, SEC Network) on Tuesday in Hoover, Ala.

The Bulldogs, with a No. 13 RPI entering Saturday, are sure to get an NCAA tournament berth regardless of how they fare against the Tide.

The NCAA baseball tournament selection show is at noon on Monday, May 30, on ESPN2.

The Bulldogs appeared poised for a strong stretch run after beating No. 1 Tennessee last Saturday before a spate of injuries and tough luck the first two games of the series against Missouri.

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The Tigers appeared on their way to winning the third game of the series when Georgia reliever Jaden Woods turned the momentum in with an athletic play and clutch pitching in the third inning.

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