Georgia Blanks Tennessee

ATHENS - Junior Brooks Brown tossed a complete game three-hit shutout with a career-high 14 strikeouts to lead Georgia to a 3-0 win over Tennessee Saturday in front of a Foley Field crowd of 2,007.

Georgia (24-14, 7-10 SEC) got on the board in the first when junior centerfielder Joey Side connected for another leadoff home run. It was the third time in the last four games he has gone deep and fourth time this year to start a contest. For Side, it was his seventh home run, and it extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Tennessee (23-16, 6-10 SEC) missed a scoring chance in the top of the first. Julio Borbon drew a leadoff walk, stole second and went to third on the play after an errant throw. Brown recovered to strike out Tony Delmonico and Chris Kemp and then got J.P. Arencibia to ground out. Tennessee's only other scoring threat came in the fifth. The Volunteers loaded the bases with two outs, and then Brown got Delmonico to groundout to first.

"It was huge to get out of the first and then the guys got me some early runs," said Brown who improved to 4-4. "They made some great plays behind me. I needed a good start after my last few, and this was a huge win for us."

In the second, the Bulldogs went up 2-0 when a trio of singles from freshman Gordon Beckham (2-for-4, 1 RBI), junior Matt Robbins, and sophomore Ryan Peisel produced a run. In the eighth, Beckham added a solo home run, his tenth of the year, for the final.

The Bulldogs notched their fifth shutout of the year, the most since the 1997 team registered five. Brown's 14 strikeouts were the most by a Bulldog since 1999 when Cliff Brand collected 15 at Ole Miss.

"Brooks got ahead of most of the hitters today, and he's got too many weapons to put you away when he does that," said Georgia coach David Perno. "He had his command, he got out of some early trouble, we gave him a little bit of offense and that's what we needed. We showed a lot of character with the quick turnaround after a tough 11-inning loss. We were ready to go and that's a good sign."

The Volunteers received a nice pitching performance from freshman Josh Lindblom who threw eight innings, allowing three runs on eight hits but fell to 4-4.

The rubber game of the series will be Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET.


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