Vanderbilt 5 Georgia 4

NASHVILLE ­­-- Freshman third baseman Pedro Alvarez continued his torrid week at the plate with a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to rally Vanderbilt past Georgia, 5-4, in front of 2,279 fans at Hawkins Field Saturday afternoon.

The Commodores (24-12, 9-5 SEC) trailed the Bulldogs (22-12, 6-8 SEC) 4-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, before Matt Meingasner tied it with a RBI double to right center field. He was pinch ran for by Matt Buschmann who would score the game-winning run on Alvarez' single through the right side off of Georgia closer Joshua Fields.

Fields (2-1), who picked up the save with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief in yesterday's win over VU, allowed two runs on three hits in a third of an inning to lose for the first time this year.

"He is a very good pitcher and he throws the ball very hard," said Alvarez. "I was just trying to put the ball in play and not strikeout. I was ready for anything."

Alvarez has eight hits this week in 15 at bats for a .533 average to go along with 17 RBI. Of the eight hits, six have been homers, one was a double and the other was the game-winning RBI single in the ninth. His slugging percentage checks in at 1.800 in the last four games.

"Pedro is hitting good pitches," said Vanderbilt head coach Tim Corbin. "He is a talented kid that if he gets strikes he is able to hit the ball pretty well."

Georgia took a 1-0 lead in the first on Josh Morris' RBI single down the left field line and Gordon Beckham pushed it to 2-0 with a solo homer in the fourth, his second of the series and eighth of the year.

Alvarez put the Commodores ahead in the fifth with a three-run homer that wrapped around the right field foul pole. It was his 13th homer of the year and the fourth straight game he has hit a homer. The freshman from New York now has 10 homers and 27 RBI in Vanderbilt's last 10 games.

The Bulldogs came back to tie it in the sixth on a RBI double by Ryan Peisel off of VU starter Cody Crowell.

Crowell scattered 11 hits over 5.2 innings of work and gave up three runs with one strikeout.

UGA starter Mickey Westphal gave up three runs off of eight hits in seven innings of work.

Ryan Davis and Matt Meingasner both had two hits in the winning effort, while Joey Side and Josh Morris both had three hits to lead Georgia.

"Georgia is as talented as any team we have played this year and they can really hit," said Corbin. "They also have enough pitching to keep the game close against anybody they face."

The teams will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. Senior righthander Matt Buschmann is expected to take the hill for the Commodores, while freshman righthander Trevor Holder will throw for the Bulldogs.


Georgia     100 101 001- 4(14)0
Vanderbilt  000 030 002- 5(11)0
Westphal, Moreau (8), Fields (9) and Jacobs. Crowell, T. Davis (6), Shao (9), Rhoden (9) and Robin. W- Rhoden 2-0, L- Fields 2-1. SV- None. HR- UGA: Beckham (8). VU: Alvarez (13).

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