Vols sweep Dawgs

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee completed a three-game sweep of Georgia Sunday with an 11-5 victory in front of 2,686 at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Down 5-3 in the sixth, Georgia tied the game on a two-out, two-run double by shortstop Gordon Beckham (3-for-4, 2 RBI). However in the seventh, the Volunteers (17-9, 4-2 SEC) exploded for six runs on five hits and one Bulldog miscue.

Tennessee reliever Lance McClain tossed five innings in relief to improve to 5-2 while Georgia sophomore Stephen Dodson got the loss to fall to 1-3. McClain saved the Volunteers when starter Nick Hernandez couldn't escape the third. In the first, Georgia (9-14, 3-3 SEC) loaded the bases with one out, but he struck out freshman Rich Poythress and got freshman Joey Lewis to bounce out. In the second, Tennessee built a 3-0 lead on a solo home run by freshman Yan Gomes and a two-run shot by Cody Brown off Bulldog freshman Justin Earls.

In the third, Georgia loaded the bases on three singles and then got a bases loaded walk to Lewis to make it 3-1. However, McClain came in and got Matt Robbins to ground in to a double play and Jake Crane to ground out to preserve a 3-2 lead.

"When you get an opportunity to win a game on the road, you have to finish it, and we didn't do that this weekend," said Georgia coach David Perno. "A sweep is bad but after last weekend when we got a sweep, it doesn't hurt as bad. Ever since their home run on Friday night, we haven't been the same team. The first inning was big. We had the bases loaded in the first and didn't get anything. Whether it's the bases loaded or runners in scoring position, we've struggled this season."

"Over the years, we've had a tendency to get better as the season goes along, and we're looking to do that again," Perno added. "We're 3-3 in the league and lot of baseball left. We have to get better, and I am confident we will."

Dodson left in the seventh as the Volunteers began their outburst that began with an error by Beckham, a bunt by Delmonico and then a run-scoring single by J.P. Arencibia and a double by Yan Gomes. After an intentional walk to Julio Borbon to load the bases, Georgia looked to junior Joshua Fields. Danny Lima notched a sacrifice fly and then Jeff Lockwood singled, Cody Brown doubled and a Jarred Frazier followed with a two-run double to make it 11-5.

Dodson gave up five runs, only one earned on four hits in 3.2 innings. Fields retired one hitter and gave up two runs on three hits. Freshman Ryan Woolley notched the final four outs. UT freshman Jeff Lockwood pitched two scoreless innings to close it out.

Georgia returns to action Wednesday when it plays host to Furman at 6:30 p.m.

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