Gators take series over Dawgs

GAINESVILLE, FL - Florida junior Patrick Keating improved to 8-0 on the year as he led the Gators to a 7-2 series-clinching win over fifth-ranked Georgia Sunday at McKethan Stadium.

The Gators (27-16, 12-9 SEC) became the first team to win an SEC series over the Bulldogs (29-14-1, 15-5-1 SEC) this season. Keating allowed two runs on seven hits before leaving with two outs in the seventh. Josh Edmondson came on and collected the final seven outs for his second save.  

  In the third, Florida chased Georgia junior left-hander Nathan Moreau with a four-run outburst as he got the loss to fall 1-2. Moreau issued back-to-back walks to start the frame and then after one out, first baseman Brandon McArthur lined a three-run double down the left field line. Later with two outs and a 2-2 count on Jon Townsend, Bulldog head coach David Perno lifted Moreau in favor of sophomore Dean Weaver. Townsend greeted him with a run-scoring single to make it 4-0. After Dustin Bamberg notched the Gators fourth hit of the inning, the Bulldogs were able to get the final out when Teddy Foster grounded out to send it to the fourth.  

  The Bulldogs missed a scoring opportunity in the fifth, putting runners at second and third with two outs. However on a 3-2 offering to senior Matt Olson, Keating got him swinging to keep it 4-0. The game remained that way until the seventh when the Bulldogs cut the deficit in half. Lyle Allen led off with a single and Robbie O'Bryan reached on a walk. Sophomore Matt Cerione lined a run-scoring double off the wall in left field as Allen scored the Bulldogs first run. On the play, pinch-runner Adam Fuller advanced to third. Then, Michael Demperio lifted a fly ball to shallow right field that was caught by Jonathan Pigott, and he fired home to retire Fuller who tried to tag up. Florida turned to Josh Edmondson in relief of Keating. With two outs, senior Ryan Peisel came through with a run-scoring single to left, bringing Cerione home to cut it to 4-2.  

  Weaver gave the Bulldogs 3.1 scoreless innings of relief and Georgia handed the ball to sophomore lef-thander Alex McRee to start the seventh. The Gators pushed across a two-out run courtesy of a run-scoring single by Foster to put Florida back in front 5-2. In the eighth, McRee issued a leadoff walk to Barnes and then Josh Adams smashed his seventh home run of the season for a 7-2 advantage.  

  "We need to get better, we've had a tough time the last two days and did some things we haven't done a lot all season, and I think a lot has to do with back-to-back SEC roadtrips," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We didn't get any big hits Saturday and Sunday, and our pitchers had too many walks plus each starter gave up a big inning. Also, we need to a much better job on the bases.

   I'm looking forward to playing at home, and I think the week off will help us as we get ready for Ole Miss. They're not going to be in a good mood either after dropping a home series."

  Georgia does not have any midweek games due to final exams. The Bulldogs will be back in action Friday when they play host to SEC Western Division leader Ole Miss (28-17, 11-10) in a three-game series. First pitch at Foley Field is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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