Dawgs Sweep Cats; Now 1st in SEC

LEXINGTON - Joey Lewis' solo home run in the ninth inning lifted No. 5 Georgia to a 5-4 win and a series sweep of Kentucky Sunday at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

The Bulldogs (29-6, 11-4 SEC) earned their third SEC sweep and hold a half-game lead over Arkansas for first place in the league at the midpoint of the conference season. Georgia plays host to Arkansas next weekend at Foley Field. "There is some perspective on it," Georgia coach David Perno said. "I don't think Kentucky, Mississippi State or Tennessee will make the tournament. Nonetheless we won all those games games. There is a lot to be said for a team that wins game you are supposed to win. Nine of next 15 are at home, and you have to think we will play better at home the rest of the way than we did last weekend." Will Harvil (3-1) worked two scoreless innings in relief to earn the win. Starter Justin Grimm limited the Wildcats to four runs—three earned—on seven hits in 5.2 innings. Kentucky scored first when Andy Burns homered to left with one out in the bottom the first to put the Wildcats ahead. The Bulldogs answered in the second inning as Zach Cone led off with a double to right field, then scored on a one out double to right center by Michael Demperio. Then with two outs, an infield single by Peter Verdin scored Demperio to give Georgia a 2-1 lead. Kentucky pulled even with a run in the bottom of the second as the first three batters reached on a strikeout wild pitch, walk and a single. In the third, Chris Wade doubled down the left field line with two outs to score Gunner Glad from second and the Wildcats regained the lead 3-2. After James Paxton retired the first two Georgia batters in the fifth, Colby May fouled off five pitches before drawing a walk, then Rich Poythress homered to right field to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead. Poythress moved into seventh all-time at Georgia with his 34th career home run and is now tied for seventh on UGA's career RBI list with 159. Kentucky tied the score at 4-4 with an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth. The Wildcats threatened in the seventh and had runners on the corners with two outs, but Lyle Allen got Georgia out of the jam with a diving catch on a fly ball to left field. Clint Tilford (1-3) retired the first six batters he faced before Lewis' home run to lead off the ninth. Dean Weaver worked the ninth and earned his seventh save and second in as many days. Georgia plays host to Georgia Tech Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Foley Field.

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