March 28, 2009
A six-run eighth inning rallied Tennessee to within two runs but top-ranked Georgia held on to win 11-9 on Saturday afternoon at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. The victory gave Georgia their second straight Southeastern Conference series win.
Tennessee (11-14, 1-7 SEC) sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the eighth, scored six runs on six hits and had the go-ahead run at the plate with two outs.
The Volunteers threatened again in the bottom of the ninth with runners at first and second and one out. Drew Weaver picked up his third save of the season as he got the next two batters to fly out.
Georgia (21-3, 6-2 SEC) hit four home runs and pounded out 13 hits. Nine of their 11 runs were scored via the long ball.
Tennessee starting pitcher Stephen McCray (3-2) pitched four innings allowing four runs on six hits while walking two and striking out one.
UGA's Michael Palazzone (3-0) pitched three innings in relief of starter Alex McRee. Palazzone surrendered four runs on seven hits and struck out three.
Tennessee got the scoring started with two runs in the second inning. Catcher Blake Forsythe scored on a wild pitch after walking to lead off the inning and advancing to third on a double by designated hitter Cody Brown. Brown then crossed the plate on a groundout by third baseman Tyler Horne.
Georgia answered with three runs in the top of the third to take a 3-2 lead. First baseman Rich Poythress hit a three-run home run to left field, his 12th of the season.
Bulldog catcher Joey Lewis led off the fourth inning with a solo home run to left field to give Georgia a 4-2 lead. Georgia went ahead 7-2 in the fifth on its second three-run homer of the game off the bat of third baseman Colby May.
Poythress gave Georgia a 9-3 advantage with his second home run of the game in the sixth. The two-run homer was his fourth of the weekend. A two run-seventh inning put Georgia ahead 11-3.
The finale of the three-game series begins at 1 p.m. Sunday when Tennessee right-hander Aaron Tullo (1-2, 3.74) faces off against Georgia right-hander Justin Grimm (1-1, 4.62 ERA).