Dawgs pound Memphis

ATHENS - Georgia's Trevor Holder carried a no-hitter to the seventh, and the Bulldogs used a 19-hit attack to defeat Memphis 8-1 Friday at Foley Field.

Georgia (4-4) jumped on starter Scott McGregor in the first, scoring five runs on six hits off the Tiger ace who entered the contest with a 1.46 ERA. It was more than enough support for Holder who blanked the Tigers until one out in the seventh. First baseman Trey Wiedman ended Holder's no-hit bid with a double to center just beyond the reach of a diving Matt Cerione. Two batters later, Adam McClain put the Tigers (4-7) on the board with a run-scoring double.  

Holder (2-1) went seven innings and allowed just the one run on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Sophomore Dean Weaver pitched the final two innings and struck out three. McGregor went seven innings and surrendered seven runs on 17 hits with no walks and five strikeouts.  

Six different Bulldogs drove in at least one run and sophomore second baseman Michael Demperio led the team by going 4-for-5 while sophomore catcher Joey Lewis went 3-for-4. Sophomore first baseman Rich Poythress got the scoring started with a two-run single in the first while freshman left fielder Lyle Allen went 2-for-5 with two RBI. Georgia added single runs in the fifth, sixth and eighth frames for the final.  

"Trevor (Holder) was tremendous tonight and Dean (Weaver) was good too in closing it out," said Georgia coach David Perno. "When you get that kind of pitching, you're going to be able to go a long way. I liked how we followed up what we did Wednesday offensively too. Memphis' pitcher has had a good career, and we made some two-strike adjustments and managed to find some holes out there."  

This past Wednesday, Georgia routed Jacksonville State 19-1, getting 20 hits while six Bulldog pitchers combined on a two-hitter. Game two of the series with the Tigers is set for 3 p.m. Saturday.

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