Bulldogs edge UF to even up series

Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 at 11:10 p.m.

ATHENS, Ga. — A three-run sixth inning Friday propelled Georgia to a 3-1 win over Florida that evened the SEC weekend series.


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Who: Florida (29-26, 14-15 SEC) at Georgia (20-32, 6-20)
When: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Where: Foley Field, Athens, Ga.
Gainesville-area radio: 103.7 FM

Bulldogs freshman right-hander Sean McLaughlin (5-6) gave up four hits and one run over seven innings before redshirt freshman Mike Mancuso worked a scoreless eighth and junior Dylan Cole retired the Gators (29-26, 14-15 SEC) in order in the ninth to collect his fourth save.

Sophomore Josh Tobias opened the scoring in the second inning against McLaughlin with a two-out RBI double. Sophomore Justin Shafer drew a leadoff walk and took second on a grounder by senior Vickash Ramjit, setting the stage for Tobias' double to straightaway center field.

Sophomore left-hander Bobby Poyner (3-3) had retired 10 consecutive Bulldogs before Georgia (20-32, 6-20) seized a 3-1 lead in the sixth inning on three runs, two hits and a pair of Gator errors.

After sophomore Heath Holder drew a leadoff walk, redshirt freshman DJ Smith laid down a bunt to move Holder to second base and reached base on Poyner's throwing error. Sophomore Nelson Ward then executed a sacrifice bunt to advance his teammates into scoring position, and an error by freshman shortstop Richie Martin on a grounder by senior Curt Powell enabled Powell to reach and Holder to come across with the tying run.

Redshirt freshman Aaron Rhodes replaced Poyner and yielded a go-ahead RBI single into right field by sophomore Hunter Cole (2-for-3) that brought in Smith. A grounder by senior Kyle Farmer gave the Bulldogs runners on second and third base. Senior Brett DeLoach was walked intentionally to load the bases with two down. Freshman Danny Young came in for Rhodes, and an RBI single by freshman Daniel Nichols (2-for-4) scored Powell for a 3-1 advantage before Cole was tagged out in a run-down trying to reach third base.

The teams will meet in the rubber game and the regular-season finale Saturday at 2 p.m.

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