Up just 1-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning, Franklin drew a one out walk, then Stutts grounded into a fielder’s choice at second base. Austin Pharr doubled to deep right field to put runners at second and third, then Stutts scored on Tyler Daughtry’s ground out.
Nick Bush and Zarbnisky drew back-to-back two-out walks to load the bases, ending the night for Gold starting pitcher Cal Castle. Trenton Long came on in relief, but one pitch into his outing beaned Patrick Sullivan to force in another run.
Long had no more success with Sasser, who doubled to right to drive in two runs for a 5-0 Georgia lead.
Sullivan was thrown out trying to score from first on Sasser’s hit, but Nelson doubled and later scored on a Gold throwing error in the third, then Georgia put together another big inning in the fourth. Sullivan and Nelson sandwiched singles around a strikeout, then Stutts singled to load the bases with two outs.
Pharr then deposited the first pitch he saw from Long over the right field wall for a grand slam and a 10-1 lead. Pharr finished 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored.
“I figured it was going to be an off-speed pitch, but he left it over the plate,” Pharr said of his homer. “Fastball, right down the middle. You have to get your foot down and turn on it.”
While early on Gold’s hitters could do nothing but walk, strikeout and get hit by pitches from Georgia starting pitcher Zarbnisky, Collin Morris finally ended Zarbnisky’s no-hit bid with a bunt single to lead off the top of the fifth. Zarbnisky hit Caleb Littlejim, then both batters moved up on a wild pitch.
Hunter Southerland’s groundout scored Morris, then Gage Wall’s single to right scored Littlejim to cut the lead to 10-3 and turn off the run rule. But Zarbnisky bunted his way to first to start the bottom of the fifth, then Luke Maddox courtesy ran for Zarbnisky, took second on a passed ball and third on a sacrifice fly.