Dawgs Double Up Vols

KNOXVILLE - Georgia hit a season-high four home runs and seven doubles including four extra base hits by Rich Poythress as the Bulldogs cruised past Tennessee, 12-6, Friday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Poythress went 4-4 with two home runs, four RBI and a walk and raised his batting average to .455. The junior from Grovetown, Ga., had a career-high 12 total bases and his first multiple-home run game.

Colby May had three hits including a double, and Chase Davidson and Bryce Massanari had two hits apiece. Massanari and Lewis both homered as the Bulldogs (20-3, 5-2 SEC) won their fifth straight league game.

Trevor Holder (5-1) sat down 15 of the first 16 he faced and worked 7.0 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits for his 20th career win, moving him into a tie for sixth all-time at UGA.

"We set a good tempo for the weekend," said head coach David Perno. "The guys are ready to hit. All in all it was a good performance and we were ready to play. We got the long ball going and the power lineup worked tonight. I also thought our infielders did a great job defensively."

Poythress gave Georgia a 2-0 lead with a two-run blast in the first to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Michael Demperio led off the third with the Bulldogs' first double, then scored on a double to left center by Davidson. Poythress then hit his second home run, and Massanari made it back-to-back with a solo shot to right center giving Georgia a 6-0 lead.

May led off the fourth with Georgia's third double and crossed the plate on a Levi Hyams single. Davidson hit another double with two outs to score Hyams and extend the lead to 8-0.

The Bulldogs added three more runs in the fifth on a home run by Lewis, a double by Lyle Allen and a single by May.

After Tennessee (11-13, 1-6 SEC) scored three runs in the sixth and two in the seventh, Poythress doubled to left field in the eighth and scored for the third time on a single by Massanari. The Vols added another run in the ninth for the final margin.

Nick Hernandez (1-3) allowed eight runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings to take the loss. Georgia will go for its sixth straight league win in game two Saturday at 4 p.m. Junior lefty Alex McRee (2-0, 0.57 ERA) will get the start for the Dogs.

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