Dawgs fall at Tennessee

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee collected 16 hits and senior Craig Cobb pitched in to the eighth as the Volunteers posted a 10-2 victory over Georgia Saturday in front of 2,499 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Tennessee (16-9, 3-2 SEC) jumped on Bulldog sophomore starter Trevor Holder, chasing him by the second inning after scoring six runs on seven hits. The Volunteers got a pair of runs in the second and built a 6-0 advantage with a four-run second. Freshman Luke Stewart got the Bulldogs on the board in the fourth with a one-out, solo home run, his second of the year, that made it 6-1. The Volunteers answered with three runs in their half of frame including a solo home run by catcher J.P. Arencibia and an RBI-double by freshman Jeff Lockwood (2-4, 2 RBI) to go on top 9-1.

Tennessee added an unearned run in the sixth for a 10-1 lead. Georgia (9-13, 3-2 SEC) managed 12 hits but just two runs, pushing across its final run in the ninth on a two-out double by Matt Olson (3-5) for the final. Georgia had its best chance to close the gap in the eighth, loading the bases with one out when Cobb was lifted after throwing 132 pitches. Left-hander Bryan Powell came on and struck out freshman Matt Cerione (2-4). Then with two outs, the Volunteers turned to Aaron Everett to face pinch-hitter junior Jake Crane. He lined a fly ball to left that Andy Simunic made a diving catch to keep it 10-1. Cobb allowed one run on 11 hits with one walk and four strikeouts to improve to 5-2. Holder got the loss to fall to 0-2.

"It's crucial on the road to get off to a good start, and we talked about that," said Georgia coach David Perno. "Trevor (Holder) didn't command the count and let some things get to him that he couldn't control, and he's better than that. Hopefully, he'll respond, and I think he will. Some days are like this. Some things didn't go our way, they got some hits that fell and some of ours didn't.

"I was proud of how Nick Montgomery and Adam McDaniel came in and pitched well in relief," Perno added. "Offensively, we need to get everybody going at the same time. Our pitching has been very good, and they are like everybody else, they are going to have a bad day and that was today."

After Holder, Jason Leaver followed and was touched for three runs (one earned) on four hits in 1.1 innings. However, Montgomery and McDaniel combined to pitch the final five innings and allowed just one unearned run on five hits.

Georgia looks to avoid a UT sweep as the series concludes Sunday at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs will start freshman left-hander Justin Earls (2-1, 1.61 ERA) while the Vols counter with freshman left-hander Nick Hernandez (2-2, 7.17).

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