ATHENS---Georgia won its third straight Southeastern Conference series Sunday with a 5-3 win over Tennessee in the first game of the day but the Volunteers avoided a sweep with a 10-9 win in the finale.
The Bulldogs (15-7), who maintain their SEC lead with a 7-2 league mark, began the day by finishing the second game of the series after it was halted Saturday after four innings. The Bulldogs trailed 2-0 but they quickley tied the contest with a two-run single by David Coffey (3-3, 2 RBI). Adam Swann (3-4) led off the bottom of the sixth with a double and eventually scored on a bases loaded walk to Chaz Lytle. Georgia added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh on a two-out, two-run single by shortstop Jon Armitage.
Senior Brandon Moorhead garnered the victory, pitching the final five innings and allowing a run on two hits. He walked one and struck out five. Jeffery Terrell started Sunday for Tennessee and got the loss to fall to 2-5. He gave up five runs on seven hits in four innings.
In the finale, a scheduled seven-inning affair, Tennessee (14-17, 2-7 SEC) rallied back for a victory. Trailing 6-4 in the fourth, the Volunteers struck for five runs on four hits and were aided by two bases-loaded walks. Ryan Moffett (3-4, 4 run scored), Matt Sternberg (4-4, 2 runs scored) and Dennis Gomez (2-3, 3 RBI) paced the Volunteer attack. Jay Sadlow recorded the victory, going 5.1 innings and scattering six runs on 11 hits. Georgia's Bill Sharpton allowed three runs on three hits in the fourth to fall to 3-1.
Tennessee held on to its advantage through the sixth as Georgia cut it to 10-9. In the bottom of the seventh, Georgia had runners at first and second with two outs, and Tennessee turned to Joey Andrews. He got Justin McClain to fly out to center to end the game and record his second save.
Georgia jumped ahead 3-0 in the first highlighted by a two-run home run by Adam Swann (2-4, 2 RBI). Tennessee answered with one in the second and then took a 4-3 advatnage in the third on a two-run single by Brandon Hopkins.
The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday when they begin a two-game series with Tennessee Tech. First pitch at Foley Field is slated for 4 pm.