Dawgs top Auburn in the 9th again

ATHENS - For the second straight day, junior Matt Olson gave Georgia a walk-off victory over 20th-ranked Auburn as the Bulldogs posted a 3-2 win at Foley Field.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Olson (3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI) smashed a single over the head of left fielder Luke Greinke, scoring Mike Freeman. With the win, the Bulldogs (7-11, 2-0 SEC) clinched the SEC series over the Tigers (18-5, 0-2). On Friday, Olson notched the game-winning RBI with a bases-loaded walk in the ninth.

Georgia got another stellar pitching performance as sophomore Trevor Holder, freshman Alex McRee and sophomore Stephen Dodson limited the Tigers to a pair of runs (one earned) on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Dodson evened his record to 1-1 with two scoreless innings while Tiger reliever Chris Dennis fell to 1-1, allowing an unearned run in the ninth.

Auburn went on top 1-0 in the first courtesy of a dropped fly ball by left fielder Travis Parrot which allowed Josh Donaldson to score. Georgia got the run back in the second on a two-out, run-scoring single by Freeman. In the third, a two-out, solo home run by Olson off Paul Burnside made it 2-1. It was the first home run of the year for Olson and only the second of his career. Auburn tied the game in the fourth when Ross Smith reached on a two-out double and scored on a base hit by Dustin Spruill.

In the ninth, Parrot led off with an infield hit. Freeman reached on a fielder's choice as pinch-runner Blake Cannady was forced out at second. Dennis got Jonathan Wyatt to fly out for the second out. Then, Ryan Peisel was hit by a pitch and Gordon Beckham drew a walk to load the bases but not before right fielder Ross Smith dropped a ball in foul territory that would've sent the game to extra innings. Instead, Olson stepped up and delivered again.

"We moved Matt (Olson) to the cleanup spot for the first time this season in this series, and he has come through in the clutch," said Georgia coach David Perno. "He has been locked in the last couple of weeks. Our offense is starting to show signs of coming together and our pitching continues to be solid. We're definitely playing with more confidence."

Holder gave the Bulldogs six strong innings, scattering two runs (one earned) on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Burnside went five innings for the Tigers, allowing two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

The series concludes Sunday with first pitch slated for 2 p.m. The Bulldogs will start freshman left-hander Justin Earls (1-1, 1.12) while the Tigers counter with sophomore left-hander Evan Crawford (3-0, 3.98).


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