Vols rally past Dawgs

KNOXVILLE – Tennessee freshman Jeff Lockwood smashed a pinch-hit two-run home run with two outs in the seventh to lift the Volunteers to a 4-3 win over Georgia Friday in front of 3,168 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Georgia senior center fielder Jonathan Wyatt (2-5, RBI) led off the game by hitting the first pitch from junior left-hander James Adkins over the left field wall for a 1-0 lead. Adkins recovered to strike out the side and finished with 10 strikeouts over eight innings. For Wyatt, it was his second home run of the year, and the first leadoff home run by a Bulldog since Joey Side did it against Tennessee last year.

In the fifth, Wyatt reached on a one-out bunt single and took second on an errant throw by first baseman Yan Gomes. He advanced to third on a flyout by Ryan Peisel. With two outs and on an 0-2 count, shortstop Gordon Beckham's flare to right field allowed Wyatt to score for a 2-0 Bulldog advantage. The Volunteers (15-9, 2-2 SEC) answered in their half of the fifth, tying the game with a pair of runs on three hits off Georgia sophomore Nathan Moreau. Danny Lima led off with a triple and scored on a bunt single by Jarred Frazier. With two outs, shortstop Tony Delmonico lined a single to left to score Cody Brown.

Georgia reclaimed the lead in the sixth. Freshman catcher Joey Lewis led off with a walk and then took second on a base hit by freshman Rich Poythress (1-1, 3 BB). Lewis scored when Matt Robbins (2-4, 1 RBI) lined a single off the wall in left field.

After a two-out walk in the seventh, Moreau was lifted in favor of sophomore Stephen Dodson. Moreau allowed a pair of runs on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings. With the right-hander Dodson, the Volunteers looked to the left-handed hitting Lockwood who delivered on the first pitch to give them their first lead. Lockwood, a two-way standout from Knoxville, then pitched the ninth for his third save on the year. Georgia's bullpen pitched 10.2 scoreless innings in the sweep of 20th-ranked Auburn last weekend.

"It's frustrating because the two-out walk hurt, and Nathan was real solid all night and you tip your hat to (Jeff) Lockwood, he's a good player who got the big hit and then the save," said Georgia coach David Perno. "This one is tough to swallow but both teams battled and they came out on top and we'll have to come out Saturday and battle them again. Both teams got a home run, but they had somebody on base and that was big."

Tennessee improves to 15-9 overall, 2-2 in the SEC while the Bulldogs saw their four-game winning streak, falling to 9-12 (3-1 SEC). Georgia is now 4-4 in one-run games this year. Adkins got the win to go to 3-3 while Dodson dropped to 1-2. Adkins, who threw 124 pitches, gave the Vols eight innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits with five walks and 10 strikeouts.

The series continues Saturday at 6 p.m. Georgia sophomore right-hander Trevor Holder (0-1, 3.32 ERA) gets the start, and the Volunteers counter with senior right-hander Craig Cobb (4-2, 4.96 ERA).

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