Tennessee Falls to No. 1 Georgia, 12-6

March 27, 2009

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First baseman Rich Poythress went a perfect 4-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs to lead top-ranked Georgia over Tennessee 12-6 on Friday night at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The Bulldogs hit four home runs and pounded out 15 hits.

Tennessee (11-13, 1-6 SEC) scored all six runs in the final four innings after being down 11-0 heading into the sixth.

Georgia (20-3, 5-2 SEC) scored multiple runs in four innings Friday. Eight of nine Bulldog starters recorded at least one hit on the evening.

"The bottom of our lineup swung the bat well tonight," Tennessee head coach Todd Raleigh said. "Zach Osborne and Cody Grisham did a good job as well as Cody Hawn and Blake Forsythe. I thought we did a good job battling back from being down."

UGA took a quick 2-0 first-inning lead when Poythress hit his 10th home run of the season, a two-run shot, over the scoreboard. Center fielder Matt Cerione scored on the play after reaching on an error.

The Bulldogs added to their lead with a four-run third inning. The frame was highlighted by a two-run home run by Poythress, his second of the game. And in the top of the fourth, UGA scored two more runs to take an 8-0 lead.

Georgia took a dominating 11-0 lead with a three-run fifth inning. Designated hitter Joey Lewis led off the inning with a solo home run. Shortstop Levi Hyams then drove in his second run of the game with a groundout to second. Third baseman Colby May scored on a wild pitch.

Tennessee got on the board with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Second baseman Cody Grisham led off the inning with a double to left-center field. Shortstop Zach Osborne then drove in Grisham with a double of his own to right field. First baseman Cody Hawn followed with a two-run home run, his 11th of the season, over the batter's eye in center field, to cut Georgia's lead to 11-3.

The Volunteers added two more runs in the seventh to make the score 11-5. Grisham drove in third baseman Mike Hornsby with his third hit of the night, a double to left. Grisham then crossed the plate on Osborne's RBI single up the middle. Osborne finished the night 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Georgia added an insurance run in the seventh to take a 12-5 lead.

UT scored a run in the bottom of the ninth when right fielder Josh Liles reached on an error, scoring Grisham who walked to start the inning. Grisham went 3-for-3 on Friday, reaching base in each plate appearance.

Four different pitchers saw action for Tennessee, and the loss went to Nick Hernandez (1-3). Trevor Holder picked up the victory for Georgia to improve to 5-1 on the season.

The two teams return to action at 4 p.m. Saturday when right-hander Stephen McCray (3-1. 4.98 ERA) takes the hill for UT against left-hander Alex McRee (2-0, 0.57 ERA) for UGA.





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