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May 6, 2012
ATHENS --- Georgia's solid offensive performance highlighted by a three run home run from Kyle Farmer gave the Bulldogs their first SEC sweep, capped with a 9-3 win Sunday at Foley Field.
Georgia (28-20, 12-12 SEC) has won four straight to get to .500 in SEC play, posting its first SEC sweep since last year against Mississippi State. Georgia scored five runs in the first two innings and cruised to victory over the Tigers who fell to 25-22 overall, 10-14 in the SEC.
Freshman right hander Luke Crumley (2-2) picked up the win Sunday with a career high five innings and four strikeouts. He gave up one run on six hits. Crumley was followed by two solid innings from redshirt freshman Jay Swinford, who allowed just one hit and no runs. Freshman Peter Nagel provided 1.2 scoreless innings to close out a fine performance by the Bulldog staff. AU freshman starter Trey Cochran-Gill allowed five runs in two innings to fall to 2-2.
Third baseman Curt Powell, who went 3-for-5, led off the first with a sharp single to left field, and two batters later freshman right fielder Hunter Cole also singled to left field. Catcher Brett DeLoach grounded out to second advancing the runners to second and third, then freshman designated hitter Justin Bryan picked up his tenth hit and 13th RBI of his career with an infield single that scored Powell.
In the second, Georgia had a four-run outburst. Senior second baseman Levi Hyams led off the inning with an infield single that bounced off of Auburn starter Trey Cochran-Gill's back. After a wild pitch allowed Hyams to take second, senior first baseman Colby May plated Hyams with a double to right field. Next Powell got his second hit of the day when he slid into first base to beat out a chopper to Auburn first baseman Garret Cooper. With two on and one out , Farmer crushed a home run over the trees in left field to make it 5-0. It was Georgia's first three-run blast of the season. It was Farmer's fourth home run of the year as he hit .467 in the series.
In the fourth Auburn strung together three straight two-out singles for its first run.
In the sixth Georgia increased the lead back to five when Powell picked up his third hit of the game, while knocking in Hyams for the sixth Georgia run. In the seventh Georgia added two more runs when Hyams and May had back to back RBI singles to center field.
Auburn was able to push across two runs in the eighth off of Georgia reliever Earl Daniels. Cooper had an RBI double to deep center field and then later that inning catcher Blake Austin knocked him in with two outs.
The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday in Atlanta at Georgia Tech. First pitch is at 7:05 pm, and the game will be televised by CSS. It will be the rubber game of the three-game series this season.
"All around, I'd say we played great today," said Georgia coach David Perno. "Luke settled in and minimized the walks. Defensively, we were solid and offensively we kept the pressure on all game. Kyle Farmer was outstanding the last two days with three hits both games. There is a whole lot of good things going on, and it's a lot of fun getting back to .500 in the SEC. We had our first three-run home run of the year today, that's how we like it, adding a lot of runs in the inning like that. We had a tough road stretch with Florida and LSU and finally got to come home and get some wins."