Georgia sweeps doubleheader from State

ATHENS - Georgia swept a doubleheader from 13th-ranked Mississippi State Sunday, winning 2-1 and 5-3 to claim a Southeastern Conference series at Foley Field.

The Bulldogs (22-31, 10-17 SEC) closed out both seven-inning games with junior Joshua Fields pitching the final frame to earn a pair of saves to give him six on the year. MSU dropped to 32-16 overall and 14-11 in the SEC. Georgia, under head coach David Perno, now has won five straight series over MSU and former Georgia skipper Ron Polk. Polk spent two years at Georgia (2000-01) before returning to Starkville.

In game one, MSU grabbed a 1-0 edge in the first when Jeffrey Rea led off the game with a base hit, went to second on a walk and scored on a base hit by Edward Easley. Georgia tied the game in the second when junior Matt Olson connected for a solo home run off MSU starter Justin Pigott. The game remained tied until the sixth. Shortstop Gordon Beckham reached on a two-base error by third baseman Connor Powers. He went to third on a base hit by freshman Rich Poythress. Then with one out, freshman Joey Lewis lined a run-scoring single to left to make it 2-1. Fields came on and retired MSU in order to preserve the win. Georgia sophomore Nathan Moreau improved to 5-2, allowing just four hits and one run with a walk and three strikeouts in six innings. Pigott went the distance in a losing effort, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Georgia junior Ryan Peisel saw his 18-game hitting streak end after going 0-for-2 with a walk.

In game two, MSU jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Bulldogs and starter Trevor Holder. MSU had a chance for a big-inning but Holder helped turn a double play to avoid further damage. In the second, Poythress blasted his third home run of the year, a solo shot to cut the deficit in half. Then in the third, senior Joanthan Wyatt (2-for-3, 2 RBI) tied the contest when he smashed a solo home run off Josh Johnson. In the fourth, Olson reached on a single and stole second. With one out, junior Travis Parrott provided a run-scoring single to put Georgia out in front 3-2. MSU answered in the top of the fifth as Rea notched his third single of the game and later scored on a chopper by Easley to tie it at 3-all. However, the Bulldogs responded in their half of the frame. With one out, Wyatt reached on a base hit and stole second. He advanced to third on a fly ball by Poythress. Then with two outs, Olson lined a double down the left field line off of Ricky Bowen for a 4-3 lead. After senior Adam McDaniel pitched a scoreless sixth, a sacrifice fly from Wyatt in the bottom of the frame made it 5-3 Bulldogs.

Holder got the win to move his mark to 2-3, scattering three runs on nine hits in five innings. Bowen dropped to 5-2, allowing one run on two hits in relief of Johnson.

"It was a bittersweet day, I was really proud for our seniors," said Georgia coach David Perno. "They have been a solid group for us, and I was glad to see us able to send them out with a series win in their last SEC weekend at home. They have helped us win a lot of ball games and have been a big part of two College World Series teams. Also, it was great to see Joshua Fields finish strong and get a couple more saves today."

Georgia wraps up the regular season with a three-game SEC series at seventh-ranked South Carolina (37-15, 15-12 SEC) starting Thursday at 7 p.m.


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