Dawgs sweep Rebels

ATHENS - Georgia completed a three-game sweep of sixth-ranked Ole Miss Sunday, posting a 7-3 win in front of a Foley Field crowd of 3,007.

The Bulldogs (26-15, 9-9 SEC) have won five in a row including four straight SEC games over top 10 ranked opponents, starting with a 12-4 win over seventh-ranked LSU in Baton Rouge on April 18. Georgia posted its first three-game sweep of a top ten ranked SEC opponent since 2000 when they knocked off sixth-ranked Alabama thrice in Athens. The three-game set with Ole Miss drew 8,857 fans, making it the largest attended regular season series in Foley Field history.

Senior Paul Lubrano along with sophomores Bo Lanier and Will Startup combined to limit the Rebels (31-11, 11-7) to three runs on seven hits. Lubrano notched the win to move to 4-3 while Ole Miss starter Brae Wright fell to 6-2. Lubrano pitched in to the sixth, allowing two runs on five hits. Lanier pitched the next 2.2 innings and Startup pitched a perfect ninth to cap the sweep. Wright gave up seven runs (only three earned) on eight hits in 5.1 innings. Brian Pettway went the rest of the way for the Rebels.

Ole Miss jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-out, two-run double by right fielder Seth Smith (3-for-4, 3 RBI). Georgia tied the game in the fourth as Justin Holmes (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Marshall Szabo (1-4, RBI) started the rally with back-to-base hits. Josh Morris and Derek Smith drove in a run apiece with a sacrifice fly. In the fifth, the Bulldogs took the lead for good, scoring three runs on one hit and a Rebel error for a 5-2 advantage.

Georgia extended its lead in the sixth as Kyle Keen reached on another Rebel miscue, freshman Jonathan Wyatt singled and Holmes brought both home with a two-run single to make 7-2. The Rebels got one run back in the eighth as Charlie Babineaux smacked a two-out double off Lanier and Smith followed with a double, to make it 7-3.

The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday against Georgia State in DeKalb. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.


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