Georgia takes game one vs. Carolina 5-1

Posted May 21, 2004

ATHENS – Georgia got one step closer to the SEC East and overall title Friday night with its 5 to 1 win over South Carolina.

The Gamecocks are now two full games behind Georgia for first place in the SEC East. The Bulldogs were powered by Sean Ruthven’s dominate pitching. The right-handed junior controlled the Gamecocks for most of the game, allowing Carolina only 5 hits all night. He left the game in the top of the 7th.

"I established my first three pitches early and kind of took it from there," he said.

Ruthven's curveball and control kept the Cocks guessing. Carolina never took the lead during the game.

"He's a good pitcher that throws a lot strikes," said South Carolina's Matt Campbell.

Georgia’s hitting was not to be outdone, however. David Perno’s Bulldogs hit the carousel of Gamecock pitchers hard all night long. Matt Campbell started the game for Carolina but was knocked out of the game in the 5th after giving up four runs, two in the first frame and two in the fifth.

Notes: The game's attendance was 3,191.

Georgia has not won the SEC East or the Overall SEC title since 2001. The Bulldogs have only won the SEC title four times (1933, 1953, 1954, and 2001).

Justin Holmes said that he watched with envy as South Carolina won the SEC title at Foley Field in 2002. The Gamecocks celebrated on Georgia's pitching mound.

"I watched them celebrate and I wanted to do that. They were good. But I want to be at the bottom of a dogpile," Holes said.

Perno said of his first win over the Gamecocks: "I have the utmost repect for thier program. We need to come out tommorow with the same intensity tommorow as we did tonight."

Said Perno when we was told that Florida and Tennessee were tied late in the game: "Oh Tennessee's gonna win that game (hopefully laguhing).

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