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AUBURN - The No.12-ranked Georgia Bulldogs earned an 11-2 win over No. 22 Auburn on Friday night at Plainsman Park, extending their school-record conference winning streak to 11 games.

With Florida also losing to Ole Miss in Gainesville, the Bulldogs (34-16, 16-9) move into a tie for first place in the SEC's Eastern Division. Both Georgia and Florida are a half game behind Arkansas for the overallconference lead as the Razorbacks were rained out at Mississippi State on Friday but will play a doubleheader on Saturday.

The win also clinched an SEC tournament berth for the Bulldogs.

Josh Smith, Bobby Felmy and Clint Sammons all finished the night with three hits for the Bulldogs.

Georgia wasted no time jumping out front with six runs in the top of the first inning. The first five Bulldogs reached base and scored and Bobby Felmy, hitting in the eighth spot, drilled a three-run homer to right field for the biggest blow of the opening frame.

Three of Flemy's six home runs in 2004 have been three-run shots.

Auburn (30-20, 10-15) answered Georgia in the bottom half of the first with two runs on two hits. But Bulldog starter Sean Ruthven (6-1) settled down to work 6.1 innings with his only runs allowed coming in that first inning. In the second through seventh innings Ruthven allowed just three hits and retired six straight Auburn batters between the fourth and sixth.

Sean Ruthven worked 6.1 innings scattering five hits wiht five walks and three strikeouts. Both runs the junior allowed came in the first inning.

Georgia added insurance in the eighth to make it 8-2 as a Josh Smith double to right scored Felmy and pinch runner Kyle Keen. In the ninth Sammons drilled a three-run homer to right to give the Bulldogs 11 runs.

Will Startup relieved Ruthven after one out in the seventh and worked 2.2 scoreless innings, earning his seventh save of the year.

Auburn starter Josh Bell (3-3) took the loss, pitching 4.2 innings wiht eight hits and six runs.

Georgia and Auburn contine the series tomorrow at 4 p.m. EDT and FOX Sports Net will televise the action live.

NOTES

Szabo, with a 2-for-5 night, continues to lead the Bulldogs with 21 multi-hit games this season...Georgia's defense added two double plays tonight, one in the second inning and one in the seventh giving the team 58 on the year. The Bulldogs have also made just seven errors during their SEC winning streak...Sammons has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games...The Bulldogs have now scored 55 runs this year in the first inning - more than any other frame...Georgia improves to 6-3 in the opener of SEC series this year.


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