Dawgs win 8th in a row

ATHENS - Georgia won its eight straight game Saturday by posting a 7-2 win over Kentucky Saturday at Foley Field.

The Bulldogs (29-15, 11-9 SEC) have won six straight Southeastern Conference games during this current stretch with their latest victory clinching the series with the Wildcats (20-21, 5-15 SEC). Sophomore Bo Lanier pitched a career-long 3.2 innings in relief of Michael Hyle to improve to 3-1 while Kentucky starter Seth Stanley dropped to 5-2. The eight straight victories is a season-high for the Bulldogs and the longest streak under head coach David Perno. The streak began with a 12-4 win at then seventh-ranked LSU on April 18 and includes a three-game sweep of then sixth-ranked Ole Miss here last weekend.

For the second day in a row, the Wildcats broke on top first. In the third, Justin Scrutchfield led off with a double. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Joe Naill that Hyle misplayed and then later scored on a base hit by Michael Bertram (2-4). Georgia came right back in its half of the frame, scoring two runs on three hits and a pair of Wildcat errors. Second baseman Marshall Szabo (2-5) put Georgia in front 2-1 with a run-scoring single. The Bulldogs went up 3-1 in the fourth as Jonathan Wyatt reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and scored on a base hit by Josh Smith (3-for-5, RBI).

With one on and one out in the fifth, Hyle had to leave the game due to a blister on a finger and Lanier got the call. After surrendering a single to Bertram, Lanier got Spencer Graeter to bounce in to a double play. Georgia extended its lead in the sixth, scoring four runs on three hits to take a 7-1 lead.

After a leadoff walk to Kyle Keen, Stanley was lifted in favor of Adam Kunkel. He issued a walk to Wyatt and then Smith reached on a bunt single to load the bases. Senior Justin Holmes (2-5, 2 RBI) smacked a two-run double down the left field line and later in the frame, freshman Josh Morris added a two-run single to make it 7-1. Stanley's final line was four runs (two earned) on eight hits in five innings while Hyle allowed one run on two hits in 4.1 innings.

Lanier scattered one run on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts with sophomore Mitchell Boggs pitching the ninth to preserve the victory.

The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. Georgia will start senior left-hander Paul Lubrano (4-3, 4.19 ERA) while the Wildcats have not announced a starter.


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