ATHENS, GA (WSFA) - It was a home run derby at Foley Field in Game 4 of the Athens Regional with the Georgia Bulldogs (39-19) outslugging the Troy Trojans (42-20) 11-7. The No. 8 national seed Bulldogs slugged four homers to take down the Trojans.
Combined, the two teams hit seven homers, all within the first six innings. Georgia's Keegan McGovern and Michael Curry hit two homers apiece while Troy's Brandon Lockridge homered twice, and Drew Frederic once.
Curry opened the scoring in the top of the second inning with a solo knock. Lockridge answered with a solo shot of his own in the bottom half of the second. In the top of the third, McGovern parked his first home run of the day, a two-run shot, beyond the trees in right field to give the Dawgs a 3-1 lead.
Frederic slugged a two-run blast beyond the left field wall in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 3. The Trojans then took the lead in the inning after a wild pitch and plated another run following a pitching change.
The Trojans took a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Lockridge hit a solo shot to account for his second homer of the day.
Even down 6-3 the regional host Bulldogs still had plenty of fight and showed why they are a national seed. McGovern and Curry both homered again in the top of the sixth to pull Georgia to within one. Then in the seventh, they scored three runs to take an 8-6 lead.
After Troy pulled back to within one with a Joey Denison sac fly, Georgia scored two more runs in the eighth and another in the ninth.
Unable to answer in the bottom of the ninth, the Trojans were sent to the elimination game where they will play No. 2 seed Duke at 5 p.m. Sunday. The two teams opened the Athens Regional with Troy defeating the Blue Devils 6-0. Duke outscored Campbell 15-0 Saturday to overcome an 8-1 deficit in an elimination game.
The winner of the Troy-Duke match-up will have to beat Georgia twice in order to win the regional.