May 14, 2006
AUBURN, Ala. -
For the third consecutive game, Auburn rallied to take a lead on Georgia in the bottom of the fourth and for the third straight time the #16 Bulldogs answered as UGA defeated Auburn, 9-4, on Sunday afternoon at Plainsman Park. The win dropped the Tigers to 22-31 overall, 9-18 SEC and eliminated the Tigers from contention for the SEC Tournament.
"I think Georgia is the best team we have played all year," AU Head Coach Tom Slater said. "They have talent, they have experience, they have good arms, they have very athletic and very good position players and for me, that is the best team in the league."
Georgia (35-16, 16-11) jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Tigers after one as Gordan Beckham (3-for-5) and Bobby Felmy (2-for-4, 2B) each delivered RBI singles against AU starter Chris Dennis.
Auburn answered to take a 3-2 lead in the fourth as Jeff Boutwell (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R) doubled in Josh Donaldson (1-for-4), Justin Bristow (1-for-4) singled in Russell Dixon (0-for-3) and Bruce Edwards' (1-for-4) fielder's choice scored Boutwell.
This time it was the sixth inning that UGA reclaimed the lead, scoring four runs on three singles, two walks and an error off of Dennis and reliever Bryan Woodall to take a 6-3 lead.
Dennis (3-6) departed having allowed five runs, four earned, on nine hits and a walk while striking out five in 5.1 innings.
"Chris had a good outing. The first inning was a little rough, but he settled in after that and did a pretty good job. He was locating his pitches and working both sides of the plate. Any time you can do that you have a chance to have some success and he did," Slater said.
The scored stayed that way until the eighth when UGA made it 7-3 on an RBI double by Joey Side (1-for-4).
Auburn scored its final run of the day on Andy Bennett's (1-for-3) RBI double, but saw Georgia tack on two more in the ninth on a leadoff home run by Josh Morris (1-for-5) and Josh Jacob's (2-for-4) double that scored Felmy.
Nathan Moreau earned the win for the Bulldogs, moving to 7-1 on the season, as he allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in 6.0 innings.
Stephen Dodson picked up his first save of the season with 3.0 innings of four-hit ball, allowing one run.
The Tigers will play the final three games of the season this up coming week in Fayetteville, Ark, against SEC West foe Arkansas. The series runs from Thursday through Saturday, with first pitch coming at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday and Friday and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.