Dawgs Sweep Gators

GAINESVILLE - Powered by an eight-run outburst, Georgia completed a three-game SEC road sweep of Florida Sunday, winning 9-6 in front of a crowd of 3,308 at McKethan Stadium.

The Bulldogs (28-16, 10-11 SEC) have won seven consecutive games against the Gators (24-23, 6-15 SEC) in Gainesville, winning the final game here in 2002 and now sweeps in 2004 and 2006. It marked Georgia's first SEC road sweep since 2004 when the Bulldogs did it against Miss. State as well.

Georgia built an 8-0 lead in the third and chased Florida freshman Chas Spottswood who dropped to 1-3. The Bulldogs sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame. Jason Jacobs (3-for-5, 3 RBI) and Matt Olson notched two-run doubles in the frame while Josh Morris (3-for-5, 1 RBI) , Bobby Felmy, Ryan Peisel and Joey Side all drove in a run apiece. Florida answered in its half of the frame.

With one out in the frame, freshman Jason Leaver issued back-to-back walks to Adam Davis and Brian Jeroloman. Then, first baseman Matt LaPorta drilled a three-run home run to cut the deficit to 8-3. It was his 12th home run of the season. Georgia got a run bac kin the fourth as Morris led off with a double and came around on another double by Jacobs who had three on the afternoon. With two on and two out in the fourth, Georgia turned to redshirt freshman right-hander Stephen Dodson in relief of Leaver. Davis reached on a single to load the bases but then Brian Jeroloman lined out to shortstop Gordon Beckham to keep it a 9-3 contest.

However in the fifth, the Gators made things interesting as Austin Pride lined a three-run double to left off Dodson to close the gap to 9-6. In the sixth, Georgia looked to freshman left-hander Nathan Moreau and he tossed two scoreless innings before turning it over to sophomore closer Joshua Fields who blanked the Gators over the final two innings. Moreau picked up the win to improve to 5-1 while Fields registered his eighth save.

"We felt like we were one sweep away from getting back in the race, and we were able to accomplish that this weekend," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We pitched a lot of freshmen today and you never know what you're going to get but they hung in there and it was good to see them come away with a victory and for Joshua (Fields) to get another save."

Georgia collected 13 hits on the day and got another productive day from junior left fielder Jonathan Wyatt (3-for-4, 2BB) in the leadoff role and a couple more outstanding defensive plays from centerfielder Joey Side who saw his career-best 15-game hitting streak end. However, Side (0-for-4) did have a sacrifice fly and his first career sacrifice bunt that helped ignite the eight-run inning.

"We've got a lot of confidence in our lineup and a lot of balance," Perno added. "That's what a team is all about and we played well in this series. Joey (Side) is having a great year and I put him up there with the best centerfielders in the country. Jonathan (Wyatt) did a tremendous job in the leadoff role for us this weekend, our whole lineup did a nice job."

Georgia returns to action Friday, May 5th when it will begin another Southeastern Conference series. The Bulldogs play host to South Carolina with first pitch slated for 7 p.m.


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