Georgia wins slugfest, 9-7

NASHVILLE ­­-- Gordon Beckham's three-run homer in the seventh inning rallied Georgia from a 7-5 deficit and propelled the Bulldogs to a 9-7 win over Vanderbilt Friday night in front of school record 2,533 fans at Hawkins Field.

The Bulldogs used a grand-slam homer by Josh Morris in the third to rally from a 4-2 deficit and then Beckham's shot in the seventh game them the lead for good.

UGA improved to 22-11 overall and 6-7 in SEC play, while Vanderbilt fell to 23-12 and 8-5 in conference action.

"I thought we had a couple of bad innings on the mound, but give Georgia credit because they are a good fastball hitting team and were able to turned on them tonight," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin.

Pedro Alvarez put the Commodores on the board in the first with a solo homer, his 12th of the year and the third straight in as many at bats. Ryan Davis followed with a solo shot of his own, his first of the year, in the second to extend the lead to 2-0.

After Georgia took the lead in the third, the Commodores rallied back in the fourth to tie it on a bases loaded walk to Alvarez and a hit batter in the next at bat.

With two outs and the bases loaded in the fifth, Alvarez put Vanderbilt ahead with a double to the top of the "Green Monster" fence in left field.

David Price allowed five runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings of work with seven strikeouts and three walks. He left the game with the Commodores leading 7-5.

Freshman Nick Christiani (2-2) was charged with the loss after giving up four runs in two-thirds of an inning in relief.

Alvarez led Vandy with a 2-for-4 day and five RBI. He now has nine homers and 23 RBI in his last nine games. Brian Hernandez and Ryan Davis each had two hits as well on the night.

Joey Side led Georgia with four hits, while Ryan Piesel chipped in with three hits of his own. Reliever Rip Warren (5-2) picked up the win after giving up one run in 2.2 innings of relief, while Joshua Fields picked up his seventh save with 2.1 innings of two-hit scoreless relief.

The two teams will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. Sophomore Cody Crowell will throw for VU, while UGA will counter with Mickey Westphal.

Georgia    004 001 400- 9(16)0
Vanderbilt 110 230 000- 7(10)0

Brown, Warren (5), Fields (7) and Jacobs. Price, Christiani (6), Weathers (7), Shao (9) and Hernandez. W- Warren 5-2, L- Christiani (2-2). SV- Fields (7). HR- UGA: Morris (11), Beckham (7). VU: Alvarez (12), Davis (1).


Jam packed Hawkins Field (VM/Whitney D.)

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