Tennessee tops Dawgs 6-4

ATHENS - Sophomore left-hander James Adkins pitched eight innings with 11 strikeouts while J.P. Arencibia drove in three runs to lead Tennessee to a 6-4 win over Georgia Sunday before a Foley Field crowd of 3,176.

The Volunteers (24-16, 7-10 SEC) captured the rubber game of the series over the Bulldogs (24-15, 7-11) who have struggled at home during league contests. The Bulldogs are 17-7 at home this season but just 2-7 in SEC games here. However, the Bulldogs are 5-4 in SEC road games.

Arencibia's two-run home run in the first off freshman Trevor Holder put the Volunteers out in front for good. In the third, Arencibia doubled in another run, and Ryan Jones added an RBI single to give the Volunteers a 4-0 edge. Then, a single from Brain Van Kirk ended the day for Holder. The Bulldogs turned to senior Rip Warren who got out of the inning. Holder went 2.2 innings allowing four runs on six hits to fall to 2-3.

In the top of the fourth, the Bulldogs made two errors which led to a pair of unearned runs as the Volunteers built a 6-0 edge. Adkins only trouble came in the bottom of the frame when his defense behind him made three errors which led to three unearned runs as the Bulldogs closed the gap to 6-3. However, the Bulldogs had a chance for even more. With two outs and the bases loaded, Georgia lost a run when Joey Side ripped a single up the middle that struck third base umpire John Whitaker before the Volunteers had a chance to field it. Rules stipulate it a single and an immediate dead ball so instead of the two runs that scored on the play and it 6-5, a runner had to return to third and the score remained 6-4. Senior Jason Jacobs followed by grounding in to an inning-ending fielder's choice.

In the fifth, Morris knocked a solo home run to left to pull the Bulldogs to within two at 6-4. For Morris, it was his team-leading 13th blast and the 41st of his career.

Warren gave the Bulldogs 4.1 innings of solid relief and then Stephen Dodson pitched 1.2 scoreless innings and freshman Nathan Moreau got the final out in the ninth. Tennessee turned to closer Sean Watson in the ninth. After an infield single by pinch-hitter Jonathan Wyatt, Watson struck out Side and got a pair of groundouts from Jacobs and Felmy for his eighth save of the season.

Georgia returns to action Tuesday when its plays host to Western Carolina at 6 p.m. This contest was added to the schedule due to a rainout earlier this season. Tuesday's game will be Fan Appreciation Night including free admission.

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