Perno's Dawgs Sweep Tennessee Tech

Posted Mar 9, 2005

ATHENS - Thirteenth-ranked Georgia defeated Tennessee Tech 5-2 Wednesday at Foley Field to sweep the two game series.

The Bulldogs (9-3) got another strong performance from their bullpen with a combined five shut out innings from Rip Warren, Bo Lanier and Will Startup in relief of senior starter Johnny Dobbs.

In the fourth, third baseman Clint Alexander (2-4, 2 RBI) gave Tennessee Tech a 2-0 lead as he connected on his first home run of the year. Georgia answered in its half of the fourth, tying the game as Joey Side (2-4) singled and scored and Josh Morris (1-four-3, 2 RBI) reached on an error by shortstop Brandon Selvog and later scored on another error, this time by second baseman Robby Adams.

Georgia lifted Dobbs after Hunter Mize singled the start to fifth. Dobbs allowed two runs on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts in his first start of the year. Golden Eagles starter Brandon Bornstein pitched five innings and allowed three runs on four hits and walked four. He got the loss to fall to 0-1.

Georgia took the lead with a two-out rally in the fifth. Side reached on a fielder's choice and took second on a wild pitch. Morris brought Side home with a double down the left field line to give Georgia a 3-2 advantage. Georgia extended its lead to 5-2, scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh off Matthew Edwards. Morris and Justin Niefer picked up RBIs with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly. Georgia left nine on base.

Warren (1-0) tossed three scoreless innings with five strikeouts to pick up the win while Startup pitched a perfect ninth for his second save. Golden Eagle first baseman Nathan Marty had to leave the game in the eighth after he fouled off a pitch that hit him on the nose.

Up next, Georgia heads to Louisville, Kentucky. The Bulldogs begin a three-game set with the University of Louisville (6-4) Friday at 3 p.m.

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