Homers power Dawgs to series win

Athens - Georgia used home runs from Joey Side, Bobby Felmy and Josh Morris to power past 21st-ranked Mississippi State 6-3 and win the rubber game of the Southeastern Conference series Sunday before a crowd of 3,010 at Foley Field.

The Bulldogs (20-15, 5-9 SEC) erased a 2-0 deficit when Side (2-for-4, 3 RBI) launched a three-run shot off Jon Crosby in the third. MSU (23-10, 7-7 SEC) answered in the fourth when Ed Easley (2-for-4) led off with a double off Will Startup. Bunky Kateon followed with a shot to left center that Side ran down and caught before crashing in to the wall. Easley advanced to third on the play and then came home on a base hit by Brian LaNinfa (2-for-3, 3 RBI) for his third RBI of the afternoon. In the second, LaNinfa gave MSU the early lead with a two-run home run, his first of the year.

Startup, who was making his second straight Sunday start, held MSU in check until leaving with two outs in the seventh. He scattered eight hits, three runs with two walks and five strikeouts. The Bulldogs turned to Mitchell Boggs who pitched 2.1 scoreless innings with no walks and four strikeouts to pick up the win and improve his record to 3-3.

Sophomore third baseman Adam McDaniel led of Georgia's half of the seventh with a base hit off MSU reliever Justin Pigott. On a 3-1 offering, Felmy (2-for-4, 2 RBI) drilled an opposite field home run to put Georgia back in the lead at 5-3. It was the fourth home run on the year for Femly. Then in the eighth, Morris blasted a towering home run off Brett Cleveland to make it 6-3. Morris entered the game with just one hit in his last 32 at-bats covering a span of eight games but broke out with two doubles and his team-leading seventh home run to lead Georgia's 11-hit attack.

Pigott got the loss to fall to 0-1, surrendering two runs on five hits with no walks and three strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Pigott came on for Crosby with one out in the fifth. He got Side to bounce into a double play to keep it 3-3. Crosby allowed three runs on five hits with two walks and one strikeout.

Up next, Georgia faces Ga. Tech Wednesday in Atlanta. First pitch is slated for 7:06 p.m., and the game will be televised by CSS. Meanwhile, Miss. State begins a two-game set with South Alabama Tuesday.

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