Cannon Shot: No. 14 Georgia Wins Series Opener Behind Ace Jonathan Cannon
Jonathan Cannon came into the game considered one of the top pitching prospects in the country and didn’t disappoint, as No. 14 Georgia won the series opener, 4-2, at Kentucky Proud Park.
The announced crowd of 1,785 witnessed a terrific pitching duel between UK’s Cole Stupp and Cannon. The Georgia (18-4, 3-1 SEC) ace was masterful in 7.0 innings, allowing only an RBI groundout by Daniel Harris IV that ended 17.1 consecutive scoreless by Cannon, who has only walked one batter all season, intentionally. Harris added an RBI double later in the game.
Stupp was nearly as good against his homestate school, giving up three runs and striking out six in 5.1 innings. He made one mistake, a two-run home run by Josh McAllister, but it was all the Bulldogs needed on a cool night.
The Wildcats (15-8, 0-4) struck out the final six batters of the evening and had nine looking overall to keep themselves in the game and held Georgia to 1-of-13 with runners in scoring position.
- Kentucky has 1,997 all-time victories, three shy of 2,000.
- UK has scored in 266 of 269 games in Mingione’s tenure.
- Mingione now has 158 wins, fifth on UK’s all-time list. He needs six wins to move into fourth.
- UK is 27-of-30 on stole base attempts this season.
- The UK pitchers have struck out 249 in 23 games.
- Senior RHP Darren Williams is expected to make his first start in a Kentucky uniform on Saturday.
- Senior RHP Daniel Harper appeared in his 84th career game, fifth on the all-time UK list.
- Freshman RHP Mason Moore struck out both batters he faced.
- Junior IF Chase Estep saw his 22-game reached base safely streak end.
- Senior IF Daniel Harris IV went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a double.
- He has three multi-RBI games this season.
Senior C Alonzo Rubalcaba went 2-of-4 with a run.
- He has reached base safely in 16 straight games.
- He has four multi-hit games this season and seven in his career.
Kentucky hosts No. 14 Georgia this weekend. First pitch on Saturday is at 2 p.m. ET on the SECN+. The radio call will be on the UK Sports Network.