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Former Lee County star Posey blasts first HR in second straight win for UGA

Former Lee County star Jess Posey had a breakout game for UGA on Tuesday night, going 3-for-4 with his first career home run.

Former Lee County star Jess Posey had a breakout game for UGA on Tuesday night, going 3-for-4 with his first career home run.

ATHENS — Walk-ons don’t usually have huge offensive outbursts.

But then again, most walk-ons don’t have the pedigree of Jess Posey.

Posey, the brother of two-time World Series champ and reigning NL MVP Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, hit his first career collegiate home run late Tuesday night for the University of Georgia during a 10-1 win against Presbyterian College.

Posey finished 3-for-4, including his first career home run — a two-run shot that was a part of a six-run outburst in the eighth and helped propel the Bulldogs to their second straight win. That’s important because UGA has struggled this year, going 14-24 to start the season.

UGA coach Dave Perno hoped the play of young guys like Posey would spark the team.

“We got good production from a few of our freshmen, and they got us going after kind of a slow start offensively,” Perno said. “Overall, we played well. We’ve got an important series coming up next, and hopefully this will give the guys some confidence.”

After two scoreless frames to start the game, the Bulldogs struck first. Freshman catcher Zach Bowers led off the inning with a single, then he reached third on a double by Posey. Centerfielder Justin Bryan then hit a sacrifice fly to score Bowers. After a single by Curt Powell, Cole hustled down the line to beat out a double play, allowing Posey to score and give Georgia an early two-run lead.

Georgia will return to SEC action Friday against second-ranked Vanderbilt.