Georgia erased an early 2-0 deficit, scoring nine runs in the first off Everett Teaford. Earlier this season in Statesboro, the freshman left-hander struck out nine Bulldogs in five innings of relief but Wednesday he surrendered 11 runs on 10 hits through the first four innings to drop to 4-3. Georgia's bullpen combined to throw seven innings and allow two runs on five hits to pick up freshman Brooks Brown who made his debut as a starter.
Junior Johnny Dobbs improved to 2-0 coming on for Brown in the third when he inherited a bases-loaded nobody out jam and kept the Eagles off the scoreboard. He struck out Flint Wipke, got Mike Economos to bounce in to a fielder's choice as the Bulldogs forced out Greg Dowling at home and then struck out Cam Caldwell to end the threat. Dobbs allowed one uneanred run on two hits in three innings of work. He did not walk a batter and registered five strikeouts.
Trailing 2-0 in the first, Georgia's nine-run outburst featured a three-run home run by Morris and Felmy. For Morris, it was his team-leading ninth home run of the season including his sixth three-run shot. In the fourth, the Bulldogs got solo home runs from Jacobs and freshman Joey Side to make it 11-3. In the fifth, GSU's Brandon Burnsed had a one-out double, advanced to third on a throwing error by Felmy and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Wipke to make it 11-4. Georgia added two more runs in the sixth including a solo home run by Felmy and one in the eighth to cap the scoring.
Georgia Southern had four players with two hits apiece including first baseman Grant Burruss who gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead following his eighth home run. Georgia returns to action Friday when it begins SEC play versus Alabama. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 7:06 p.m., and the game will be televised live by CSS.