Brown's pitching gives Dawgs series

ATHENS - Sophomore Brooks Brown tossed a career high seven innings to lead Georgia to a 6-2 series-clinching win over Vanderbilt Sunday at Foley Field.

The right-hander was making his first career SEC start, and he limited the Commodores to a pair of run on six hits while striking out four. Junior Mitchell Boggs provided two scoreless innings of relief with four strikeouts to preserve the win. Brown improved to 2-2. He last pitched on April 27, tossing 2.2 scoreless innings in the win over Georgia Tech at Turner Field.

Solo home runs by sophomores Josh Morris, Joey Side, and freshman Joshua Fields paced the Bulldog offense. Georgia (25-21, 9-14) tallied six runs on seven hits including a four-run seventh inning that proved to be the difference. The three home runs tied for the most the Bulldogs have hit in a game, getting three in a win over Miss. State on April 17.

Vanderbilt (30-16, 11-13) went up 1-0 in the first on an RBI double by Dominic De La Osa. Mike Baxter scored the run for the Commodores after reaching on a single up the middle. Morris evened the score when he blasted a solo home run to right center in the fourth off Vanderbilt freshman left-hander David Price. He had allowed just two home runs on the year but he gave up two Sunday including the 11th of the season by Morris and Side's seventh blast. Price got the loss to fall to 2-4, allowing three runs on five hits in six innings with a walk and four strikeouts.

Georgia picked up another run in the sixth to go up 2-1. Bobby Felmy doubled to right center, moved up to third on an infield single by Kyle Keen, and scored on a throwing error by Commodore first baseman Baxter.

Then, the Bulldogs got the big inning the seventh adding four runs to make the score 6-1. Side and Fields aided the offensive output by each hitting their solo home runs in the frame. It was the first career homer for Fields as he connected off Jeff Sues. The Bulldogs would load the bases with Adam McDaniel and Matthew Dunn drawing walks and Felmy being hit by a pitch. Jason Jacobs followed hitting into a fielders choice where McDaniel was forced out the plate. Pinch hitter Jonathan Wyatt then hit a ground ball fielded by Commodore pitcher Michael Wagner, who would throw the ball over the head of the first baseman allowing two runs to cross the plate.

Vanderbilt would add one more run in the eighth to bring the score to 6-2 before Boggs struck out the side in the ninth.

"This was a must-win for us, and our guys responded," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We played 26.2 innings of solid baseball in this series, the exception was the ninth inning Saturday. Still, we need to win our last two series to get into the postseason. Brooks Brown and Mitchell Boggs were outstanding today, and we got some big home runs which helped us keep the momentum."

Up next, Georgia plays host to Western Carolina Wednesday. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 5:30 p.m.

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