Alabama Defeats Georgia 5-3

ATHENS - Alabama took advantage of a couple of Georgia errors and two wild pitches in a three-run seventh to defeat the 20th-ranked Bulldogs 5-3 Saturday at Foley Field.

The Crimson Tide (16-6, 2-0 SEC) broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh to hand the Bulldogs their second straight loss as they fall to 13-4 overall, 0-2 in the SEC.

In the seventh, Greg Paiml reached on an error by Georgia first baseman Josh Morris who went for the tag out but had the ball knocked loose by Paiml. Salem followed and was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch by Adam McDaniel and a throwing error by Bulldog catcher Jason Jacobs allowed the runners to move up two bases apiece with Pamil scoring to make it 3-2. Also in the inning, Evan Bush (3-for-4, 1 RBI) would add a run-scoring single and later score on another wild pitch for a 5-2 edge.

Bernard Robert earned the win to improve to 3-1, going 6.1 innings and scattering two runs on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts. He had a perfect game through 4.2 innings before issuing a walk to Ryan Peisel followed by a single to designated hitter Matt Robbins (2-for-4). McDaniel got the loss to fall to 2-1, allowing three runs on two hits in 2.2 innings with three walks and four wild pitches. McDaniel was off to a good start this season as he entered Saturday with an 0.87 ERA and had just two walks and no wild pitches in 10.1 innings on the year.

"We didn't make enough plays tonight and you have to do that especially in close games," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We were in some situations to have a big inning and we didn't come through. Hopefully, we can put it all together Sunday and salvage one game."

Georgia trailed 2-0 going to the sixth before tying the contest. Senior Matthew Dunn led off with a double to left and advanced to third when Joey Side reached on a throwing error by Crimson Tide third baseman Matt Downs. Jason Jacobs's run-scoring single made it 2-1 and later in the frame Bobby Felmy tied it with a sacrifice fly.

In the third inning, catcher Kody Valverde smacked a two-run home run off Georgia senior Mickey Westphal to give Alabama a 2-0 lead. It was his team-leading sixth of the year. Westphal gave the Bulldogs six innings and got a no decision in his first SEC start since 2003 before giving way to McDaniel.

With two outs in the eighth, Felmy smashed his third home run of the season, a solo shot to right off Jordan Davis that pulled the Bulldogs to within two at 5-3. However, that was Georgia's last threat. Alabama closer David Robertson struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save.

The three-game SEC series concludes Sunday with first pitch slated for 1 p.m. ET

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