Dawgs beat Gardner-Webb 9-4

ATHENS - Georgia used a 17-hit attack to defeat Gardner-Webb 9-4 Tuesday at Foley Field and snap a four-game losing streak.

The Bulldogs (19-9) pulled away from Gardner-Webb with a five-run outburst in the eighth. Gardner-Webb (14-14) scored two runs in the first to take an early lead. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases for Jeremy McCann who sacrificed a run on a fly out to center. Matt Higginson also drove a run across grounding into a fielder's choice.

In the second, Georgia's designated hitter Kyle Keen (2-for-3, 2 RBI) knocked a solo home run to center to cut the score to 2-1. Keen made his first start in six games after a strained back kept him out of the lineup since March 24.

Freshman Iain Sebastian made his official Georgia debut getting the start going 2.1 innings and allowing two runs. Freshman Nathan Moreau was first in relief tossing 3.2 innings of hitless ball while striking out three. Freshman Ben Jeffers followed for an inning of work and picked up the victory to even his record at 1-1. Gardner-Webb threw eight pitchers on the evening with Wesley Cogdill taking the loss to fall to 0-1. Georgia's Rip Warren and Adam McDaniel also threw one inning apiece.

"It was nice to see us swing the bats well and are freshmen pitches are coming along," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We're going to need them to help us on the weekend, and they made some progress tonight. Offensively, our veterans did a good job."

Georgia tied the game 2-all in the fifth. Sophomore Ryan Peisel doubled to center and moved up to third on a sacrifice bunt from Joe Billick. Then, Matthew Dunn (2-for-4, 2 RBI) delivered a run scoring single to left. In the sixth, Georgia went up 3-2 as Bobby Felmy, Josh Morris, and Keen strung together three singles to produce a run. Felmy went 4-for-4 on the night.

In the seventh, Gardner-Webb tied the game. Jon Crockett singled and moved around to third on a sacrifice bunt and a groundout. He came in to score on a passed ball. Georgia answered in the bottom of the frame. After reaching on an infield hit, Dunn moved around to third on a ground out and a stolen base. Jonathan Wyatt (3-for-5, 2 RBI) then picked up an RBI with a single to left that put Georgia up 4-3.

Georgia picked up five insurance runs in the eighth to go up 9-3. The inning was highlighted by RBI doubles from Gordon Beckham and Wyatt. Dunn and Felmy also picked up RBIs in the frame. Gardner-Webb picked up a run in the ninth to bring the game to its final margin.

Up next, Georgia goes on a seven-game road trip beginning with an SEC series at third-ranked Mississippi State starting Friday. First pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET.

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