Sweep and 9th in a row

ATHENS - Senior left-hander Paul Lubrano pitched a complete game three-hitter to lead Georgia to a 5-1 sweep of Kentucky Sunday at Foley Field.

The Bulldogs (30-15, 12-9 SEC) have won nine in a row including seven straight Southeastern Conference games while the Wildcats fall to 20-22 (5-16 SEC). At 12-9 in the SEC, Georgia is now in second place in the SEC Eastern Division behind Florida who is 14-7 in the league and 34-12 overall.

Lubrano became the first Bulldog to throw a complete game in three seasons. He faced just two over the minumum, surrendering one unearned run on three hits while tying his career-high with nine strikeouts to move his record to 5-3. Kentucky relief pitcher James Rodriquez got the loss to drop to 2-4 as the Wildcats used six pitchers on the afternoon.

Kentucky took a 1-0 lead in the third. Jon Shelby led off with a single and came around to score on a base hit by Spencer Graeter (2-4) that centerfielder Kyle Keen misplayed. Then, Lubrano retired the next 17 Wildcats before Graeter lined a two-out single in the ninth.

"Paul (Lubrano) did a tremendous job today and overall, we have been playing very focused as a squad," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We are playing very confident and our pitching, defense and hitting are all coming together at the right time. We've got a lot of baseball left to play and now are looking at two straight SEC road series against solid clubs in Mississippi State and Auburn before we come back to Foley Field."

Georgia took the lead in the fourth when Rodriguez came on for Craig Snipp who had pitched three scoreless innings up to that point. With one out, freshman Josh Morris (2-4, 2 RBI) tied the game with a solo home run, his team-leading 14th on the year. Joey Side nearly made it back-to-back shots, driving one to the walll in right that Graeter made a nice leaping catch for the second out. Clint Sammons drew a walk and then Bobby Felmy put the Bulldogs ahead with a run-scoring double to the gap in right center. In the fifth, Georgia made it 3-1 as the Bulldogs collected three straight hits by Jonathan Wyatt, Josh Smith and Justin Holmes. Wyatt scored on Holmes base hit.

In the seventh, Georgia added two insurance runs off Shane Boyd. Smith and Holmes had a pair of two-out hits. Marshall Szabo brought Smith home with a run-scoring single and then Morris plated Holmes with a double down the right field line.

Georgia now prepares for final exams this week. The Bulldogs resume SEC play Friday night in Starkville, Miss., against Mississippi State.

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