Dawgs Win Sunday Game vs. Bama

TUSCALOOSA - Top-ranked Georgia jumped out to a seven-run lead in the second inning, fell behind, then rallied to beat Alabama, 10-8, Sunday at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Rich Poythress had his fourth straight two-hit game to lead Georgia (15-2, 1-2 SEC) including his team-leading eighth home run that tied the game in the fifth. Levi Hyams added two hits, two stolen bases and scored twice.

After Poythress tied the game in the fifth, the Bulldogs took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth. Michael Demperio was hit with one out, Hyams walked and a double steal put runners on second and third with two out. With Matt Cerione at the plate, Demperio scored on a wild pitch and Hyams scored on a passed ball to put Georgia ahead 10-8.

Will Harvil (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings and got the Bulldogs through the fifth, sixth and seventh to pick up the win, and Dean Weaver worked the final two innings, including a perfect ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

"We've been waiting for someone to do what we're capable of doing and we got it today," said head coach David Perno. "The bullpen was great. Our character was tested today and we answered. You don't want to go home 0-3. One is so much better than none. If you come out of here with nothing it's tough to overcome."

Georgia sent 10 batters to the plate in the second and strung together seven runs on seven hits. Poythress and Joey Lewis led off the inning with back-to-back singles followed by a run-scoring double by Lyle Allen to make it 1-0. Chase Davidson's RBI groundout scored Lewis and Demperio and Hyams followed with RBI singles to make it 4-0. Cerione laced an RBI single to score Hyams with two outs, and Colby May belted a two-run home run to cap the inning for Georgia.

Alabama (11-5, 2-1 SEC) came back to send 10 runners to the plate in the bottom of the frame and scored five runs on four hits to make it 7-5. Kent Matthes, the country's leading home run hitter, blasted a three-run home run in the fourth to give the Tide an 8-7 lead before Georgia came back in the fifth.

David Head (0-3) allowed five earned runs on 4.1 innings in relief to take the loss for Alabama.

Georgia starter Jason Leaver allowed five runs on four hits in 1.1 inning.

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