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Rapid Reaction: Georgia 5, LSU 3

4/29/2012

No. 6 LSU made another run at a late-inning rally Sunday in an attempt to sweep Georgia, but it fell just short. Quick thoughts from the Tigers' loss.

Overview: LSU (35-10, 14-7) cruised through the early innings behind a strong early showing from starter Aaron Nola. The freshman didn't allow a hit to the Bulldogs (25-20, 9-12) through the first three innings, and LSU's hitters took advantage of Georgia mistakes for an early lead. Mason Katz crossed the plate twice in the first three innings -- once on a wild pitch, and again after a throwing error from the catcher -- for an early 2-0 lead.

Nola fell apart in the fourth, inning however, and the Bulldogs took full advantage. Georgia teed off on the youngster to the tune of six hits and four runs, highlighted by a two-RBI home run from designated hitter Justin Bryan.

LSU catcher Ty Ross answered in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run, but the Georgia bullpen kept the Tigers in check through the middle innings, and another homer for Bryan boosted the UGA lead to 5-3 entering the ninth.