Dawgs roll past JU - Noles waiting...

ATHENS - Eighth-ranked Georgia advanced in the NCAA Baseball Athens Regional with a 15-8 victory over Jacksonville at Foley Field on Sunday. The Bulldogs now must beat Florida State twice for the right to advance to a Super Regional.

The Bulldogs now must beat Florida State twice for the right to advance to a Super Regional. The Seminoles are 2-0 in the tournament and face Georgia at 5:36 p.m. Sunday on Sun Sports / FSN South TV.

Georgia freshman Nathan Moreau (8-1) matched his career high by pitching eight innings against Jacksonville to earn another win.

"It was a good start from Nathan and we needed it," said Georgia head coach David Perno. "He ate up innings for us. We didn't use a lot of arms and we are in great shape for tonight."

Georgia (43-20) took a 5-0 lead in the second scoring the five runs on six hits highlighted by junior centerfielder Joey Side (3-for-5, 6 RBI) three-run home run to center. Jason Jacobs and Kyle Keen hit back-to-back double to produce a run while Matthew Dunn contributed a RBI single off of JU starter Matt Dobbins.

Jacksonville (43-19) got on the board in the third with a two-out three-run homer to left center from Gordie Gronkowski that made it a 5-3 ballgame. Logan James and Pete Clifford were aboard after each one singled in their at bats.

The Bulldogs put up four runs in the top of the fourth to extend their advantage to 9-3. The bases became loaded as Peisel walked, Dunn reached on a bunt single, and Wyatt singled to center. Then, Side stepped to the plate a delivered a three-run triple down the left field line. Gordon Beckham followed with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Side.

The Dolphins made it a 9-5 game in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer from Don Vickers. Matt Lopez was aboard after singling.

"Our team has been strong all year at coming back and I was proud of them for getting back into the game after being down by five," said Jacksonville head coach Terry Alexander. "I thought we had a chance to come back but we could not keep those innings to one or two runs. They kept throwing up four runs on the board and that certainty has been our nemesis the last couple of weeks. We've been allowing some big innings and we let it get us again today."

In the sixth, Georgia added two runs to go up 11-5. Josh Morris drove in a run on a triple to right center, and Bobby Felmy followed with a RBI single through the right side of a drawn in infield. In the seventh, Wyatt led off with a home run to right, and three batters later Morris also hit a home run to putting the Bulldogs up 13-5. Morris' homer was the 50th of his career and his 22nd on the year putting him one homer shy of tying the Bulldog single season home run record.

In the eighth, Jacksonville plated three runs to make the score 15-8. Mike McCallister and Thomas LePage each had a RBI single while Matt Lopez pushed across a run on a groundout. Dobbins got the loss to fall to 12-2. The Dolphins end the season with a 43-19 mark.

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