Poythress hits 2 homeruns in Georgia's 11-9 win

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Saturday, March 28, 2009.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-----Rich Poythress hit two home runs for the second straight game and Georgia clinched its first series win at Tennessee since 2001 with an 11-9 victory over the Vols Saturday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Poythress, who went 4-for-4 with two home runs and two doubles on Friday, went 2-3 Saturday with two homers, two walks, five RBI and three runs. He has five home runs in the last three games and has hit safely in the last 14 games. The Grovetown, Ga., native is batting .462 this season and has 13 home runs and 46 RBI. In 10 plate appearances against Tennessee this weekend, Poythress has four home runs, two doubles and three walks. He has reached in 13 of his last 15 plate appearances with five home runs and 13 RBI.

Georgia led 11-3 late, but Tennessee scored six runs in the eighth and had the tying run on in the ninth, but the Bulldogs held on for their sixth straight SEC win.

“It was like two different games,” said head coach David Perno. “We blew them out the first game and it was a nail biter the second game. We hung in there and executed and didn’t shut down offensively. Our guys are doing a good job in their roles. We played great defense again, and it was huge to hang on.

“Rich is officially hot. He’s on fire right now and I tip my hat to him. We have needed every bet of it this weekend. It’s hard to find a better complete hitter.”

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