Dawgs defeat Florida 9-3

GAINESVILLE - Georgia senior reliever Rip Warren tossed 4.1 scoreless and hitless innings as the Bulldogs defeated Florida 9-3 Saturday to clinch another Southeastern Conference road series.

The Bulldogs (27-16, 9-11 SEC) built a 6-0 advantage over the Gators before Matt LaPorta's three-run blast off Bulldog starter Brooks Brown cut the deficit in half. It has been Florida's only offense of the series and ended a shutout streak of 16.2 innings by the Georgia pitching staff dating back to Wednesday's win over eighth-ranked Georgia Tech. The Gators drop to 24-22 overall, 6-14 in the SEC. Georgia has now won SEC road series over then third-ranked Miss. State, 11th-ranked Arkansas and the defending SEC champion and national finalist Gators.

Georgia had another productive first inning, scoring four runs on four hits off Gator ace Bryan Augenstein. In the Bulldogs last three games combined, Georgia has scored 11 runs in the first inning. Augenstein entered the game with an 8-3 mark and a 2.57 ERA, however he got the loss after allowing six runs (only three earned) on seven hits before leaving after four innings.

Warren (6-2), who entered with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth, retired Chris Petrie to keep it a 6-3 contest. After walking Brandon McArthur to start the sixth, he retired the final 12 Gators to earn his team-leading sixth win of the year. In his last seven outings covering a span of 18.1 innings, Warren is 3-0 and has recorded 22 strikeouts and walked only two while allowing just one run.

"Rip has been lights out for us here down the stretch and today he was tremendous," said Georgia coach David Perno. "He took control of the game and that's a credit to his experience. "Offenisvely, we had another fast start, a lot of guys contributed including a couple of big at bats again from Kyle Keen coming off the bench."

In the first, Bobby Felmy, Jason Jacobs and Matt Olson drove in runs highlighted by a two-run, two-out single by Olson. In the third, junior first baseman Josh Morris launched his 16th home run of the year, a solo shot off Augenstein to make it 5-0. It was Morris' 44th career home run, one shy of tying the school record held by catchers Roger Miller (1986-89) and Doc Brooks (1999-01) who hit 45 apiece.

In the fourth, junior Jonathan Wyatt (1-for-2, 2 RBI) added a sacrifice fly, scoring Ryan Peisel (3-for-5) who singled and went to third on a hit and run by senior Matthew Dunn.

In the eighth, pinch-hitter Kyle Keen drew a walk. A single by Peisel moved him to second and then he took third on a sacrifice bunt by Dunn. Wyatt notched his second RBI on another sacrifice fly as Georgia took a 7-3 lead. In the ninth, Georgia added two more runs off Darren O'Day.

With two outs, Felmy reached on his second hit of the day. Jacobs followed with a double. Then, Keen smacked a 2-2 offering in to right field for a two-run single to cap the scoring.

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