More Game Three Blues

ATHENS, Ga. - In the Sunday finale here, Cody Satterwhite was as good as he's been all year early. Then everything kinda fell apart. Not just for him but for the team as the SEC's top team, Georgia, rolled 11-4.

The Rebels grabed a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a solo home run by Tim Ferguson. Unfortunately that was a frame after they'd had the bases loaded with one out in the first and failed to produce any runs.

"It was a tough day," Coach Mike Bianco said. "We don't score there and that's a killer. We have to do a better job in situations like that."

Nine-hole hitter Michael Demperio hit a 3-2 pitch from Satterwhite out of the ballpark to tie it in the bottom of the third. Georgia added two more in the bottom of the fourth on a home run that hit the scoreboard in right field by Lyle Allen after there were two outs but immediately after Satterwhite had walked Bryce Massanari on four straight pitches.

The rout was on.

Georgia blew the game wide open in the bottom of the fifth on a solo home run by eight-hole hitter Matt Cerione, followed by two more runs that included a throwing error on Satterwhite.

The junior Rebel righty came back and got two Bulldogs out before Bryce Massanari got a base hit that third baseman Cody Overbeck tried valiantly on his bad shins to get to but couldn't, and it was 6-1 home team. Rory McKean came in to record the final out.

Overbeck came back in the top of the sixth with a leadoff solo shot that drew the Rebs to within four at 6-2.

McKean was chased in the bottom of the sixth after the Bulldogs added a run. Justin Cryer came in and Georgia added another one.

Down 8-2 with three innings left, the Rebels were in need of a similar offensive output like they got Saturday when they scored six runs in the eighth in a 9-4 win. Lightning didn't strike twice.

Georgia scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth, and the Rebels added two in the ninth of no consequence.

Satterwhite went 4.2 innings and fell to 3-5 on the season. He gave up six runs, only four earned, on seven hits with five strikeouts and a walk.

"Cody really competed," Bianco said. "I know people don't understand. But he was sensational out there, making pitches and competing his rear end off."

Phillip Irwin closed the game out for the Rebs in the ninth.

Georgia's Nathan Moreau (2-2), one of three pitchers used by UGA, got the win. The home team outhit the visitors 14-8.

The Bulldogs improved to 31-15-1 and 17-6-1 to lead the conference with two weekends remaining.

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