Holding on - Dawgs take 2 of 3 from Auburn

Holding on - Dawgs take 2 of 3 from Auburn

ATHENS - Georgia's Brooks Brown and Joshua Fields combined to strike out 13 and the Bulldogs offense collected 17 hits to defeat Auburn 10-4 Sunday and win another Southeastern Conference series.

The Bulldogs (27-23, 11-15 SEC) jumped on starter Cliff Mullins as the first five batters recorded hits including a two-run home run by sophomore first baseman Josh Morris (3-for-5, 2 RBI). Bobby Felmy (2-for-5, 2 RBI) and Joey Side (2-for-5, 1 RBI) extended their hitting streaks to a career-best 12 games in the first. In the second, Jonathan Wyatt (2-for-5, 1 RBI) added a run-scoring single to make it 4-0 and chase Mullins.

Meanwhile, Brown cruised through the first three frames, allowing just one hit with six strikeouts. In the fourth, Josh Bell (3-for-4) put the Tigers on the board with a solo home run, his 10th of the year.

The Bulldogs would answer in their half of the frame, sending 11 batters to the plate scoring six runs on seven hits off Jared Shore. Matthew Dunn doubled and then scored on a triple by Kyle Keen (3-for-4, 1 RBI). Felmy followed with an RBI-double. Morris' base hit moved Felmy to third. Next, Side hit a ball to third base that was misplayed by Auburn's Josh Donaldson, allowing a run to score as Morris advanced to third. Jason Jacobs then provided a sacrifice fly to left. Derek Smith lined a single to center for an RBI, moved up on a single by McDaniel, and scored on another base hit by Dunn to cap the scoring as Georgia built a 10-1 advantage

In the fifth, Auburn cut the Bulldog advantage to 10-4, scoring three two-out runs. Clete Thomas delivered a two-run double off Brown and later Karl Amonite brought him home with an RBI-double.

Georgia turned to Fields who blanked the Tigers the rest of the way, tying his career-high with four innings pitched. He allowed one hit, walked two and struck out five for his first career save. Brown got the win to move his record to 3-2. He allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings with no walks and a career-high eight strikeouts. Mullins dropped to 1-2. He allowed four runs on six hits in 1.1 innings. Auburn falls to 31-22 overall, 12-15 in the SEC.

"It was exciting to see Brooks (Brown) and Joshua (Fields) go out there today and do that," said Georgia coach David Perno. "We know the future is in good hands with those guys based on what they did Sunday. We got the early momentum, executed in all phases and won another SEC series. We were able to get an early lead, build on it and Brooks and Joshua kept throwing strikes."

Georgia has a pair of midweek games before closing out the regular season at ninth-ranked Tennessee (36-16, 16-10 SEC). Up next, the Bulldogs conclude their home schedule with UNC-Asheville Tuesday. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 5:30 p.m. Then, the Bulldogs travel to Winthrop Wednesday for a game at 8 p.m. before heading to Tennessee.

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