ATHENS — Georgia baseball stayed atop the SEC standings and completed a three-game sweep of Missouri on Saturday afternoon.
The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (33-8, 13-5 SEC) had three pitchers combine on a one-hitter in 4-2 win over the No. 21-ranked Tigers (26-15-1, 7-10-1).
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Tony Locey (7-0) got the start and the win, allowing two runs on one hit with five strikeouts and five walks before giving way to Ryan Webb (one inning) and Zack Kristofak (5 saves).
“Tony Locey was big for us today, I think their hitters went 1-for-19 off him,” UGA baseball coach Scott Stricklin said. “He’s just so hard to hit — he’s throwing 96 miles an hour..”
Georgia, which has won five straight, opened the scoring in the first inning when Riley King doubled, moved to second on Aaron Schunk’s infield single and scored on a wild pitch.
LJ Talley hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to make it 3-0.
Missouri closed the gap with two runs in the top of the fourth, but the Bulldogs added an insurance run in the fifth when Talley scored on a passed ball.
Talley reached base on a walk, moved to second on a balk and was at third on a wild pitch.
“The goal right now is that we want to win an SEC Championship,” Talley said. “Coach says, ‘Great teams sweep, good teams will be ok with winning the series.’ So, it was a good thing that we swept.”
Georgia baseball returns to action on Tuesday night in Atlanta against Georgia Tech at SunTrust Park.
UGA then plays at Mississippi State in a battle of Bulldogs for a weekend series.
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