Bulldogs beat Bama

ATHENS – For a moment it looked like Georgia would cruise to its first SEC win of the year. That was until Alabama's Evan Bush nailed a two-run home run in the 8th inning.

Georgia's pitching, which allowed only 3 hits before the 8th inning, allowed only 4 hits all game. But Bama's 4th and final Foley Field could not contain Bush's monster blast.

His blast tied up the game but the Bulldogs struck back immediately in their half of the 8th. Joey Side led off with a double and eventually scored the game winning run on a fielder's choice.

The Bulldogs looked most in command Friday night after the 5th inning. They used a three-run 5th inning to overtake Alabama. The inning was mainly as a result of Justin Holmes' play.

"It was important tonight to get our feet wet," said Holmes. "I couldn't be prouder. There are some young guys that haven't been through the fire and they stepped up tonight."

He knocked in two runs and scored a third; he was a part of all of the scoring that inning. With his one out triple in the fifth, Holmes put Georgia ahead for the first time all game 3-2.

Then Holmes scored an insurance run on a wild pitch by Alabama's Allen Ponder. It was the first of two wild pitches for Ponder in the inning.

With the exception of the Bush home run, Georgia's pitching was outstanding. However, the Bulldogs' defense was not; they allowed three errors.

It took Georgia 9 games to win their first SEC contest last season. This year it only took one.

"That's huge. You just see a little different karma from this team," said David Perno. "It wasn't that pretty. We didn't play that good but we played hard. I think that it helped that we were the home team."

Georgia and Alabama continue their weekend series tomorrow at 4 pm.

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