Dawgs get big win over Gators

GAINESVILLE - Senior Mickey Westphal tossed his first career complete game shutout to lead Georgia to a 7-0 win over Florida Friday in front of a crowd of 3,275 at McKethan Stadium.

The Bulldogs (26-16, 8-11 SEC) registered their sixth shutout of the season, one shy of the school record set in 1919. The six shutouts is the most by Georgia since 1977. It marked the Bulldogs first shutout of Florida (24-21, 6-13 SEC) here since 1987 and the first over the Gators since 1993 when Georgia blanked them at the SEC Eastern Division Tournament in Lexington, Ky.

Westphal tossed a six-hitter with no walks and six strikeout to improve to 4-0 while Florida starter Bryan Ball dropped to 4-7 after allowing six runs on eight hits in six innings. It was the second career complete game for Westphal who notched his first earlier this season in Starkville, Miss., when he beat then third-ranked Mississippi State 6-1 in front of a crowd of 13,167.

Georgia jumped out to a 3-0 advantage in the first. Junior Jonathan Wyatt led off with a walk and scored on an RBI-triple by junior Joey Side (3-for-4, 4 RBI) who finished a single shy of the cycle for the second time this season. The triple by Side extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Freshman Gordon Beckham followed with a run-scoring single and then with two outs, senior Jason Jacobs smacked an RBI-double to make it 3-0. Jacobs singled and scored in the sixth for a 4-0 lead. Then in the seventh, Wyatt drew another walk and Side smashed his eighth home run of the season to extend the lead to 6-0 and end Ball's outing.

In the ninth, Bulldog pinch-hitter Kyle Keen lined a triple down the right field line. It was Georgia's third triple of the night, tying a school record for the sixth time. Side followed with a run-scoring double for a 7-0 margin.

The Gators nearly spoiled Westphal's shutout bid in their half of the frame. Catcher Brian Jeroloman led off with a double down the right field line. Westphal retired Matt Laporta for the first out and then David Cash (3-for-4) reached on his third infield single of the night. Then, the Bulldog left-hander struck out Gavin Dickey and got Brandon McArthy to pop out to end the contest.

"Mickey (Westphal) was great, and we set the tempo in the first by swinging the bats well," said Georgia coach David Perno. "This was a great start to the series getting the complete game shutout from Mickey and Jason (Jacobs) did a nice job behind the plate too. Joey (Side) had another big game for us and Jonathan helped get things started in the leadoff spot again. We played a solid baseball game."

The series continues Saturday at 4 p.m.

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