Tennessee takes care of Dawgs

ATHENS-----The 20th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers won their eighth straight Sunday, completing a road sweep of Georgia, holding on for a 4-2 victory.

The Volunteers (29-5, 9-3 SEC) got six strong innings from left-hander Ben Riley who struck out eight and then Patrick Hicklen and Scott Drucker preserved the win over the Bulldogs (20-13, 5-7 SEC) who tried to rally in the ninth.

Trailing 4-1 with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Justin Holmes (2-for-5, 2 RBI) delivered a base off Drucker to make it 4-2 to bring up the SEC RBI-leader in Josh Morris. The freshman first baseman drilled a 1-1 offering to deep centerfield that Josh Alley leaped and caught at the 404 mark to end the contest. For Drucker, it was his fifth save while Riley improved to 3-1.

Senior Matt Woods gave the Bullldogs six solid innings, allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts but took the loss to fall to 1-1. Mitchell Boggs pitched the final three innings, allowing two unearned runs on one hit.

Tennessee carried a 2-0 lead to the fifth before Georgia finally scored off Riley. Clint Sammons (2-for-3) reached with a two-out base hit, advanced to second when Bobby Felmy was hit by a pitch and then scored on a single by Holmes. The Vols took advantage of a couple of Bulldog miscues in the eighth.

Holmes misplayed a ground ball by Michael Rivera. He took second on a passed ball. Then with two outs, Boggs issued a walk to Kyle Norrid. Chris Kemp hit a slow roller off the plate that Boggs couldn't handle near the base line and a collision followed. Meanwhile, Rivera scored on the play. Alex Suarez (2-for-4, 1 RBI) followed with a single up the middle, scoring Norrid for a 4-1 advantage.

Georgia returns to action Wednesday at Georgia Tech. First pitch at Russ Chandler Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.

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