Diamond Dawgs win Big Over Panthers

he Bulldogs knocked four home runs including two in the first inning as Georgia doubled up the Georgia State Panthers 14-7 in Marietta's East Cobb Complex on Wednesday.

Joey Side hit the 3rd pitch of the game from Dustin Carder (0-1) over the the fence to help spark a big first inning. It was Georgia's first 1st inning leadoff home run since Andy Neufeld's blast vs Florida back in 2001. After a few walks, a hit batter, and a single, Georgia led 2-0 and then Ryan Piesel came up and drilled his first collegiate grand slam of his career. It was also his first home run as a Georgia Bulldog. The third baseman played all of 2005 with East Carolina and had four round trippers, but none were for grand slams.

East Carolina scored two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning as well, but it could have been worse as Panther third baseman Nick McEntyre's bases loaded bomb was caught at the warning track. He would later come up and connect for a 3-run shot.

Georgia led 10-2 in the 5th when Piesel came up again with 2 on. Even though he grounded out, a run scored which was good enough for his 5th rbi of the night. Piesel came into the game with just 7 rbi on the season, but had 5 in this game alone. Matthew Dunn then came up and drove in another run. Dunn has been red hot, collecting 7 hits in his last 15 at-bats.

Catcher Jason Jacobs slugged his first home run of the season in the 6th inning and freshman shortstop Gordon Beckham continued his power stroke and had his 5th home run back in the 8th. All in all Georgia scored 14 runs on 11 hits. It was the Dawgs 6th double-digit run game in the last 10 games.

On the mound, freshman lefty Nathan Moreau (3-0) pitched 5+ innings, allowed 4 runs on 5 hits. The southpaw had a tough 1st and 5th inning, but was strong in innings 2 through 4. Stephen Dodson, Nick DiSilvio and Adam McDaniel also pitched.

The Bulldogs improved to 15-4 on the season and travel to Arkansas this weekend to play a SEC series vs the Razorbacks. Georgia lost two out of three last week to Alabama, so this series is very important. The Hogs are 19-3 on the season including 8-0 at home. The next game for the Dawgs at Foley Field is Tuesday as they face the Clemson Tigers.

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