March 29, 2009
Catcher Joey Lewis' two-run home run highlighted Georgia's four-run fifth inning that led the Bulldogs to a 4-3 victory over Tennessee on Sunday afternoon and a three-game sweep of the Southeastern conference series at Robert M. Lindsay Field at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
"That's a tough one," Tennessee coach Todd Raleigh said. "I though we had it. Thought we probably should have won two games but we didn't. That is the way it's been going. We left 14 runners on, they left six on. We did not make an error and doubled their hits. We had a great chance there is the eighth and ninth and just did not get it done."
Tennessee (11-15, 1-8 SEC) loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth but for the second straight game Bulldog right-hander Drew Weaver picked up the save by getting the next two UT batters to strike out.
Georgia (22-3, 7-2 SEC) batted .295 as a team on the weekend, led by first baseman Rich Poythress with a .600 average, including six hits, two doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs.
Volunteer starter Aaron Tullo (1-3) retired 11 of the first 13 batters he faced before giving up hits to the first two batters in the fifth, including the two-run home run by Lewis. Tullo surrendered four runs on three hits in four innings of work while walking two and striking out three.
Bulldog right-hander Justin Grimm (2-1) pitched 5-1/3 innings to earn the victory. Grimm limited the Vol offense to only one run on five hits while walking two and striking out six.
Tennessee right fielder Josh Liles led off the third inning with a solo home run to left field, giving UT a 1-0 lead. It was the sophomore's fourth home run of the season.
Georgia took a 4-1 in the fifth inning. Lewis' two-run home run gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the game. Left fielder Lyle Allen scored on the homer after leading off the inning with a single. Third baseman Colby May scored on a passed ball and shortstop Levi Hyams crossed the dish on a bases loaded walk.
Tennessee added a run in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 4-3. Liles scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Hornsby.
Sophomore Bryan Morgado pitched the final five innings of the game out of the bullpen for UT. Morgado shut out the Georgia offense on two hits; striking out six and allowing two walks.
Tennessee returns to action Tuesday as it travels to Johnson City, Tenn., for the first game of a home-and-home matchup with ETSU at 7:15 p.m. ET; before returning home to face Charleston Southern at 7 p.m. Wednesday.