Dawgs beat Mercer

ATHENS - Georgia used a 13-hit attack to defeat Mercer 9-3 Tuesday at Foley Field and extend its winning streak to four in a row.

The Bulldogs (9-11) got four RBI from senior centerfielder Jonathan Wyatt while freshman Joey Lewis and junior Jake Crane added two RBI apiece to lead the offense. Five Bulldog pitchers combined to limit the Bears (17-8) to three runs on eight hits. Senior Adam McDaniel pitched two scoreless innings and was given the win while Bears starter J.C. Daughtery fell to 0-1, allowing five runs on six hits in four innings.

Georgia took a 3-0 lead in the second when Wyatt smacked a three-run double to left center. The Bears tied the game in the top of the fourth off freshman Dean Weaver, collecting four hits highlighted by a two-run double by designated hitter Tyler Brown.

The Bulldogs reclaimed the lead in the fifth on a two-run double by Lewis. A solo home run by sophomore Gordon Beckham in the sixth made it 6-3. Georgia added a pair of runs in the seventh and pushed across one more run on Bears closer Cory Gearrin in the eighth for the final.

On the year, Gearrin had not allowed a run and only one hit in 19.1 innings. However with two outs, Georgia changed that. Freshman pinch-hitter Matt Cerione notched a single and after a couple of walks, Jake Crane was hit by a pitch to make it 9-3.

Bulldog sophomore Jason Leaver started and went three scoreless frames before giving way to Weaver as Georgia planned to get five pitchers some work. After McDaniel, Iain Sebastian and Ryan Woolley pitched one scoreless inning.

"It was a good night all the way around," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We got some timely hits, a hit with the bases loaded, had seven walks plus we used five pitchers and they only had one walk. We're starting to have better at bats,our guys are beginning to understand our hitting philosophy. We have to keep it rolling now."

Up next, the Bulldogs return to Southeastern Conference action on Friday in Knoxville, Tenn. Georgia faces Tennessee (13-9, 1-2 SEC) Friday at 7 p.m.

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