Dawgs complete sweep of Auburn

ATHENS - Georgia completed a three-game Southeastern Conference sweep of 20th-ranked Auburn Sunday by posting a 6-2 win at Foley Field.

The Bulldogs (8-11, 3-0 SEC) notched their first three-game SEC opening series sweep since 1970 when they did it against Kentucky. Last year, Georgia recorded three SEC sweeps including at Auburn in the second half of league play. The Bulldogs have now won eight straight over the Tigers who dropped to 18-6 on the year.

On Sunday, freshman left-hander Justin Earls improved to 2-1, leaving with one out in the seventh. Earls gave up a pair of runs in the first and then combined with Stephen Dodson and Joshua Fields to blank the Tigers the rest of the way. Georgia's bullpen tossed 10.2 scoreless innings in the series.

"We were committed to a new beginning with the start of SEC play, and we did just that at 3-0," said Georgia coach David Perno. "It was a role reversal from some of our series earlier this year. This time, we won a tight game on Friday and it carried over into Saturday and Sunday. We were able to ride the momentum, keep pushing as a team and came away with three wins. It has been tough to lose some of these games when our pitching has been so good. Now, we just have to keep it going."

In the fourth, senior designated hitter Matt Robbins broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run home run off Auburn starter Evan Crawford. The Tiger left-hander left with one out in the sixth after allowing four runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He got the loss to fall to 3-1.

Georgia added a pair of runs in the eighth after Jonathan Wyatt drew a walk and took third on a double off the wall by Gordon Beckham. Matt Olson grounded to second but Robert Brooks' errant throw allowed Wyatt to score. Later in the frame, Luke Stewart picked up an RBI on a bases-loaded walk by Justin Bristow to make it 6-4.

Brooks drove in the game's first run with a base hit in the first and Andy Bennett followed with a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead. In the second, Georgia freshman Joey Lewis led off with a single and then scored on a double by freshman Rich Poythress. In the third, Georgia tied it up at 2-apiece when Wyatt smacked a triple to left and scored on a base hit by junior Ryan Peisel.

Georgia closes out the 16-game homestand on Tuesday when it faces Mercer at 5 p.m. Then, the Bulldogs hit the road Friday for another SEC series as they take on Tennessee.


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