Cone helps UGA beat No. 24 Miss. St. 4-1

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ATHENS -- The Georgia Bulldogs defeated 24th-ranked Mississippi State 4-1 Friday in front of a Foley Field crowd of 2,071.

Georgia (12-14, 4-3 SEC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when freshman Conor Welton, a Wesleyan grad, scored on a RBI single by junior Zach Cone, a Parkview grad. Welton reached on a fielder's choice and then recorded his first career stolen base en route to scoring.

State (19-7, 4-3 SEC) tied it up in the third inning after Wes Thigpen, who led off the inning with a double, scored on a Ryan Collins ground out to third

Georgia left-hander Alex Wood fought out of a jam in the fifth inning, striking out three straight batters after loading the bases on two walks and an error. He struck out State's 3-4-5 hitters in Ryan Collins, Jarrod Parks and Cody Freeman.

Georgia responded in the sixth. Junior shortstop Kyle Farmer provided a surge of power for the Bulldog offense in the sixth inning when he hit his team-leading third home run of the season, a two-run shot to make it 3-1. Cone followed with a single and then later scored on a sacrifice fly from Wesleyan grad Kevin Ruiz for a 4-1 advantage.