Florida takes out Georgia 9-1

ATHENS - Florida senior Matt LaPorta notched two more home runs to lead the Gators to a 9-1 win over Georgia Saturday at Foley Field.

Florida (17-13, 6-2 SEC) claimed the series with the win as the Bulldogs fall to 10-16 overall, 3-5 in the SEC. LaPorta (3-for-4, 3 RBI), who has hit multiple home runs now in three straight SEC contests, capped a four-run outburst in the third off Georgia sophomore Stephen Dodson. The right-hander retired the first two Gators before Matt den Dekker and Jon Towsend reached on base hits. Second baseman Avery Barnes smacked one back to the mound and off of Dodson, who gloved it and then threw wide of the bag at first. The misplay allowed two runs to score and Barnes to go to the third. LaPorta followed with a two-run blast and a 4-0 edge. For the year, LaPorta has 13 home runs including seven in the SEC.

LaPorta led off the sixth with a solo home run, and the Gators added one more for a 6-0 edge. Florida freshman Tony Davis, making his first career start, picked up the win, allowing one run on five hits before leaving with one out in the sixth. David Hurst went the final 3.2 scoreless innings to register his third save. Dodson left in the sixth after surrendering six runs (two earned) on six hits.

Georgia's lone run came off the bat of freshman catcher Joey Lewis. He launched a solo home run in the fifth off Davis. Meanwhile, the Gators added a pair of runs in the seventh and one more in the eighth for a 9-1 final. Georgia sophomore shortstop Gordon Beckham went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to nine games.

"We're making some of the same mistakes and that's disappointing," said Georgia coach David Perno. "Some guys are playing well but as a team, we are not. We've got to have some more leadership from our veterans. We came out today and said we wanted to play hard and get one for Nick (Montgomery) and then after the four-spot by Florida, we didn't do very much at all. We've got to play a lot better and play hard for all nine innings."

Montgomery, one of Georgia's top relievers, was diagnosed with a blood clot in his right shoulder that developed Friday. He underwent a successful procedure by Dr. David Sailors, the team's vascular surgeon last night. He is expected to make a full recovery. However, his playing status for the remainder of the season is doubtful. The Bulldogs wrote his jersey number 12 on their caps Saturday in a show of support for their teammate.

Georgia looks to avoid a Gator sweep Sunday. First pitch is slated for 2:06 p.m. as the game will be televised by COX-Sports Television. Florida will start right-hander Billy Bullock (2-3, 5.23 ERA) while Georgia counters with left-hander Justin Earls (2-1, 2.88 ERA).


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