ATHENS, Ga. - LSU jumped on ace reliever Will Startup for four runs in the eighth and ninth innings to post a 6-4 comeback victory over Georgia on Sunday, completing a sweep of their three-game Southeastern Conference series.
Startup, who has blown only three saves in his career, came on in the sixth inning. He retired the first batter before giving up two hits, including a run-scoring single by Quinn Stewart that cut Georgia's lead to 3-2.
Then in the eight the Tigers scored three runs to take a 5-3 lead. Nick Stavinoha opened with a double and went to third on a wild pitch. After Matt Liuzza walked before pinchhitter Jorday Mayer delivered a two-run double to tie the game. Chris Jackson pinch ran for Mayer, moved to third on a fly ball and scored on Michael Hollander's single.
Clay Harris had a solo homer, his fourth of the year, in the ninth for the Tigers (17-4), 3-0).
Clay Whittemore had a run-scoring single for Geoprgia in the second and the Bulldogs (10-9, 0-3) made it 3-0 in the third on a two-run single by Bobby Felmy. Josh Morris drove in the other Bulldogs run in the seventh with a double.
The victory went to Justin Meier (1-1), who allowed one run on one hit in 1.1 innings. Startup (1-1) took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits in three innings.