Dawgs knock off Owls for 12th in a row

ROME, GA - The 11th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs extended their winning streak to 12 games with an 8-7 win over Kennesaw State Tuesday in front of a crowd of 3,072 at State Mutual Stadium. The proceeds from the game played at the home of the Rome Braves, a single affiliate of the Major League club in Atlanta, benefited the local chapter of the United Way.

Georgia (36-16) built a 7-0 advantage through the first two frames before the Owls (22-30) rallied back to trim it to 8-7 by the sixth. In the first, Bulldog freshman Gordon Beckham (3-for-4, 2 RBI) tripled in the first run scoring Jonathan Wyatt (3-for-4) who led off with a base hit. Then, Josh Morris (2-for-4, RBI) delivered an RBI double, and Ryan Peisel capped the scoring in the frame with a two-run single up the middle that extended his hitting streak to 10 games. In the second, the Bulldogs added three runs to go up 7-0 as Beckham doubled in a run while Bobby Felmy singled in two extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

Freshman starter Jason Leaver tossed three hitless innings to pick up his second victory of the season as Georgia had scheduled a staff outing and used six pitchers on the night. Kennesaw State starter Dan Dale took the loss to fall to 7-6 on the year after allowing seven runs in 1.2 innings.

The Owls got on the board in the fourth with three runs on three hits. Scott Hendrix delivered a RBI single to center, and Andy Hudson sacrificed a run across with a fly out to center. Then, with runners at the corners the Owls Matt Dallas would be caught stealing second but Hendrix crossed the plate before the out was recorded making the score 7-3.

The Bulldogs went up 8-3 in the fifth as Kyle Keen beat out an infield single, stole second, moved to third on a throwing error by Owls catcher Ray Redden, and then scored on a RBI single from Peisel. In the sixth, Kennesaw State scored four runs on five hits to pull within one at 8-7. Matt Hopkins doubled to left driving in two runs as Dallas and Matt  Nelson were aboard on a walk and a single respectively. Then, Martin Baker beat out a high chopped ball hit to second to drive run, and Jay Morrow delivered a RBI single to right. In the eighth, Rip Warren got the final out for the Bulldogs and then sophomore closer Joshua Fields overpowered the Owls in the ninth for his 13th save, striking out two of the three hitters faced..

Up next, Georgia returns home to for a three-game SEC series versus seventh-ranked Kentucky (41-11, 19-8) to wrap up regular season play. First pitch is slated for Thursday at 7:00 p.m. EST.

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