Dawgs roll on past Jacksonville State

ATHENS - Georgia connected for six home runs including a pair by Gordon Beckham and a grand slam by Michael Demperio to rout Jacksonville State 19-1 Wednesday at Foley Field.

Six Bulldog pitchers combined on a two-hitter with junior Jason Leaver tossing two scoreless innings with three strikeouts for the win. JSU starter John David Smelser got the loss as he was lifted in the second inning after allowing seven runs on eight hits.

Senior third baseman Ryan Peisel (2-for-2, 4 runs) became the first Bulldog since Jonathan Wyatt against Tennessee last season to lead off a game with a home run. It was his third of the year and tied the game at 1-1 after the Gamecocks pushed a run across in the first off Bulldog freshman Justin Grimm. After Demperio (3-for-6, 5 RBI) reached on a single, Beckham (3-for-6, 2 HRs, 6 RBI) smashed a two-run home run as the Bulldogs built a 6-1 lead. In the fourth, Beckham drilled another two-run home run and sophomore first baseman Rich Poythress followed with a solo home run as part of a four-run outburst.

The Bulldogs (3-4) went on top 15-1 in the fifth inning on one swing of Demperio's bat. Don Leddy, a season ticket holder from Commerce, Ga., won $5,000 during the "Alfa Grand Slam Inning" when Demperio blasted one to left and Leddy's $1 scorecard held the winning number. The Gamecocks (3-7) employed six pitchers on the night. Georgia added another four-run inning in the seventh for the final, highlighted by a two-run home run by senior right fielder Matt Olson (2-for-4, 3 RBI).

"We've faced some pretty good pitching against number one Arizona and two-time champion Oregon State, so we needed a night like this," said Georgia coach David Perno. "Today, we saw some mistakes and did a good job of hitting them. It starts at the top of the order, and when Ryan (Peisel) and Michael (Demperio) go, our whole offense does too. We've shown the ability to score runs with singles this season, and tonight, we did it with home runs."

Up next, Georgia plays host to Memphis in a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Bulldogs probable rotation will be junior right-hander Trevor Holder (1-1, 3.72), junior right-hander Stephen Dodson (1-1, 4.09) and junior left-hander Nathan Moreau (0-0, 1.59).


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