Georgia Baseball gets opening night win

ATHENS - Eighth-ranked Georgia enjoyed a successful season opener by defeating Elon 9-1 Friday in front of a crowd of 2,138 at Foley Field.

Sophomore first baseman Josh Morris (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI) paced the 13-hit attack while Sean Ruthven and Mitchell Boggs combined on a four-hitter with 13 strikeouts. Ruthven (1-0) allowed one unearned run on four hits through the first five frames while Boggs struck out a career-high seven of the 12 batters he faced over the final four innings.

The Bulldogs (1-0) jumped out to an early lead scoring three runs in the first highlighted by an RBI-triple by Bobby Felmy (2-for-4) and an RBI-double by Morris. Elon (6-1) threatened in the second but a nice catch at the centerfield wall by sophomore Joey Side plus one of Ruthven's six strikeouts on the night squashed the rally.

In the fourth, junior transfer Matthew Dunn increased the Bulldog lead to 5-0 with a two-run homer to right field. It was his first hit as a Bulldog and marked the second year in a row his first hit of a season was a home run. Last year at Virginia. Dunn homered against N.C. A&T in his first at bat.

Elon manufactured a run in the top of the fifth. Ryan Radford singled, advanced to second on a Bulldog error, and then scored on single by Gary Morris cutting the lead to 5-1. In Georgia's half of the inning, Morris answered with a towering home run to left field. Adam McDaniel added an RBI single in the sixth, pushing the Bulldog lead to 7-1. In the seventh, Morris again doubled in a run, and freshman Clay Whittemore picked up his first career RBI on a fielder's choice putting the Bulldogs up by the final score of 9-1.

Lance Cole took the loss for the Phoenix to fall to 2-1, allowing seven runs on nine hits before being lifted with one out in the sixth. George Blystone followed and surrendered two runs on three over the next 1.1 innings while Justin Bors pitched the final 1.1 innings and allowed just one hit and no runs and struck out one.

The three-game series continues Saturday at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs will start junior right-hander Michael Hyle and he will be opposed by Elon sophomore right-hander Matt McSwain (1-0, 1.12).


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