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AUBURN - The 16th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs made it 11 straight victories by completing a three-game sweep of Auburn Sunday, winning 9-4 at Plainsman Park in front of a crowd of 2,231.

Bulldog freshman Nathan Moreau improved to 7-1, tossing six strong innings while redshirt freshman Stephen Dodson notched his first career save in leading the Bulldogs (35-16, 16-11 SEC) to their ninth straight conference win including third straight sweep. This was Georgia's first sweep of the Tigers in Auburn since 1987. Junior first baseman Josh Morris set the Bulldog record for career home runs with his 46th, a mammoth blast over the scoreboard in center to lead off the ninth inning to make it 8-4. It was his team-leading 18th home run of the year as the Bulldogs collected 16 hits on the afternoon.

The Bulldogs jumped ahead 2-0 in the first off Auburn starter Chris Dennis. Jonathan Wyatt led off with a base hit, took second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Gordon Beckham (3-for-5, 3 RBI). With two outs, Bobby Felmy smacked a run-scoring double to left for a 2-0 edge. The Tigers took a 3-2 lead in the fourth off Moreau. With one out, Josh Donaldson lined a single and then scored on a double by Jeff Boutwell. Justin Bristow tied the contest with a runs-scoring single and on a bases-loaded fielder's choice by Bruce Edwards, Auburn claimed a 3-2 edge.

Georgia surged ahead in the sixth, scoring four runs on three hits and one Tiger error. In the frame, Ryan Peisel drove in a run, Matthew Dunn (2-for-4) executed a successful safety squeeze bunt for an RBI and then with two outs, Beckham delivered a two-run single that made it 6-3. In the eighth, Dunn reached on a one-out double and later scored on a two-out, run-scoring double by Joey Side. Dodson came on in the seventh and tossed the final three innings, scattering one run on four hits. Dennis took the loss to fall to 3-6 as the Tigers dropped to 22-31, 9-18 in the SEC.

"We continue to pick each other up in all areas, offense, defense, pitching, this team is getting it going at the right time," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We are playing with a lof confidence and a bit of a swagger now. What is most impressive about this week is that we played four games in four days. We followed up the Turner Field win over Georgia Tech with three more here against Auburn. We responded well especially senior Jason Jacobs who caught all four games."

The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday in Rome against Kennesaw State. First pitch at State Mutual Stadium, home of the Rome Braves, will be 5:30 p.m. Proceeds of the game benefit the local chapter of the United Way. Earlier this season in Athens, the Bulldogs posted an 11-3 win over the Owls.

Georgia closes out the regular season by playing host to eighth-ranked Kentucky (40-11, 19-8 SEC) starting Thursday at 7 p.m. Georgia will have to sweep the Wildcats to clinch a share of the Eastern Division title as Kentucky comes to Foley Field with a three-game lead and riding an eight-game winning streak plus they have won11 of their last 12 league contests.

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