Cats take series from Dawgs

LEXINGTON - A three-run home by Ryan Wilkes and a grand slam by Sean Couglin led Kentucky to a 13-5 win over Georgia Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Down 4-1 in the fourth, the Wildcats (30-13-1, 9-11-1 SEC) roared back to take a 5-4 lead and chase freshman Dean Weaver. It started when Coughlin fell behind 0-2 in the count and then was hit by a pitch. Brian Spear drew a walk and then Weaver got ahead of Tyler Howe 0-2 who was trying to bunt, and then he lined a run-scoring double to left to bring it to 4-2. Wilkes launched a three-run home run to give the Wildcats a 5-4 edge. For Wilkes, it was his second home run of the year and ended Weaver's day. He allowed five runs on four hits in three innings. Georgia chased Kentucky starter Greg Dombrowski in the fourth after he gave up four runs on seven hits.

In the first, Kentucky's Antone DeJesus reached when he was hit by an 0-2 offering. First baseman Sawyer Carroll followed with a run-scoring double. Georgia tied the game in the second and then took a 3-1 lead in the third when sophomore shortstop Gordon Beckham (3-for-5, 2 RBI) connected for his third home run of the series. For Beckham, it was his 12th blast of the year. In the fourth, Georgia extended the lead to 4-1 with good execution. Travis Parrott led off with a base hit, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mike Freeman and took third on a single by Ryan Peisel and scored on a single by Jonathan Wyatt. For Peisel, he ran his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games.

In the seventh, Kentucky stretched its lead to 8-4, scoring three runs on two hits and a two-base wild pitch. In the eighth, the Wildcats added five runs off of senior Adam McDaniel to make it 13-4. UK senior reliever Dewayne Oxford (4-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win while Weaver fell to 1-2. Aaron Lovett picked up his fourth save, tossing the final 3.2 innings and gave up just one unearned run in the ninth.

"Every weekend, it seems like we're missing a piece, whether it's the pitching or scoring enough or a defensive lapse, and it keeps us from winning a series" said Georgia coach David Perno. "We've just been very inconsistent because of that missing piece of the puzzle every weekend. This weekend, we hit well, played good defense and the pitching wasn't good enough to win the series. It hasn't been the same thing. Our freshmen made some mistakes and hopefully they will get over the hump."

Georgia (17-28, 7-14 SEC) goes 3-2 on the five-game road trip and now starts an eight-game home stand at Foley Field on Tuesday. The Bulldogs play host to Wofford at 5 p.m.


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