Dawgs take control of East... Shutout Tigers

AUBURN - The No.12-ranked Georgia Bulldogs moved into first place in the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division and extended its SEC winning streak to 12 games on Saturday with a 4-0 win over No. 22 Auburn in front of 3,088 at Plainsman Park.

Georgia's (35-16,17-9) win combined with Florida's 3-1 loss to Ole Miss in Gainesville helped the Bulldogs take over first position in the East. The win also gives Georgia a 2-0 lead in the three-game series that will end with a 2:30 p.m. EDT game on Sunday.

Georgia starter Michael Hyle (6-1) worked six-plus innings of two-hit, shutout ball with three walks and six strikeouts to get the win. Bo Lanier inherited two runners with no outs in the seventh inning but worked a double play and a ground out to put out the Auburn rally. Lanier eventually earned his second save of the year on three innings of work.

The two Bulldog pitchers combined for the third shutout of the year and first combined shutout in SEC play since defeating Kentucky in Lexington last year. And the three-hit outing for Hyle and Lanier matches Paul Lubrano's three-hit effort against Kentucky for few hits allowed by the Georgia staff this season.

Back-to-back sacrifices by Josh Smith and Justin Holmes helped plate Bobby Felmey in the top of the third for the first run of the contest. Josh Morris followed two batters later with a three-run homer, giving him 16 on the season. Morris now stands alone in second place on Georgia's freshman homerun record list trailing Ron Wenrich's 20 in 1985.

Auburn (30-21,10-16) starter Arnold Hughey (6-4) was credited with the loss after going 6.1 innings with five hits and four runs.

Sunday's contest will be televised live on CSS.


Georgia is 5-1 on Saturday's in the SEC following a Friday night victory...The Bulldogs turned two more double plays on Saturday and have now turned 60 this season - two away from third-highest total in school history...Georgia is now 20-4 this season when scoring first...Eight of Josh Morris's 16 homers this year have gone for three runs...Josh Smith's two sacrifice bunts on the day were his third and fourth of the year...Hyle equals his career high of six wins from a year ago...The Georgia staff has held Auburn scoreless for 17 straight innings...Each of Georgia's runs in the third inning came with two outs.

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