Dawgs roll past Wofford

ATHENS - Georgia used a balanced attack to defeat Wofford 12-6 Tuesday before a crowd of 1,118 at Foley Field.

The Bulldogs (18-28) built an 8-0 lead by the third inning and carried a no-hitter until one out in the seventh. Wofford left fielder John Brandt ended the drama in the seventh when he connected for a two-run home run off of sophomore Iain Sebastian that cut the deficit to 8-2. Georgia responded with three runs in their half of the frame and added one in the eighth for a 12-2 lead. The Terriers (21-25) scored four more runs off Sebastian in the ninth before freshman Steve Esmonde recorded the final out to preserve the victory.

Georgia sophomore starter Trevor Holder (1-3) pitched three scoreless innings with four strikeouts for the win as the Bulldogs planned to use a few hurlers in the contest. Sophomore Jason Leaver followed and tossed three scoreless innings as well before giving way to Sebastian in the seventh. Wofford freshman Jordan Mickleberry (0-1) was lifted in the third after allowing eight runs (five earned) on seven hits.

The Bulldogs struck for a pair of runs on two hits in the first, highlighted by a run-scoring double by sophomore Gordon Beckham (2-for-3). In the second, Georgia sent nine men to the plate, adding four runs on three hits and one Terrier miscue. Georgia junior third baseman Ryan Peisel (3-for-5) extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a run-scoring single in the inning. In the third, junior left fielder Travis Parrott continued his torrid hitting with a leadoff double, his second on the night. He has hit safely in his last five games and is 11-for-20 in this stretch.

"Trevor (Holder) and Jason (Leaver) did a nice job tonight and that will be good for their confidence going in to the weekend," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We're swinging the bats well, and we'll need to keep doing that too. Travis (Parrott) has got it going and that gives us some punch at the bottom of the order."

Georgia collected 14 hits on the night with Peisel and junior right fielder Matt Olson (3-5, 2 RBI) leading the way with three hits apiece. A total of eight different Bulldogs drove in a run.

Georgia took a 12-2 lead to the ninth when Shane Kirkley led off with a single and then Brandon Waring hit his team-leading 18th home run to make it 12-4. The Terriers entered the game ranked second in the country with 76 home runs. Sebastian surrendered two, allowing six runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings.

Georgia returns to Southeastern Conference action Friday when it plays host to top-ranked Vanderbilt (39-8, 15-6 SEC). First pitch at Foley Field will be at 6 p.m.


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