Originally created 05/26/06

Bulldogs come out swinging



HOOVER, Ala. - Those pesky Southeastern Conference Tournament jitters got the best of Jonathan Wyatt on Wednesday.

Georgia's leadoff hitter left Hoover Metropolitan Stadium hitless and flustered after the Bulldogs' opening-round loss to Vanderbilt. Wyatt returned less than 24 hours later rejuvenated and relaxed. So did the rest of Georgia's lineup.

Along with Jason Jacobs, Wyatt had four of the Bulldogs' season-high 22 hits, and Georgia eliminated the league's co-champion Thursday, beating No. 10 Kentucky 16-10.

The Bulldogs (39-18) face South Carolina at 4 p.m. today and will start freshman lefty Nathan Moreau (7-1, 3.97 ERA).

The winner advances to Saturday's semifinals; the loser will be eliminated.

Kentucky (42-15), which has lost three games in a row, is now 1-8 at the tournament since 1997.

"(Wednesday) was definitely motivation for me," Wyatt said. "It was definitely not a good day. I went home thinking what I needed to change and what was wrong. I just came back and played the game I was used to playing."

Wyatt wasn't the only Bulldog zoned in on Kentucky's pitching.

Matthew Dunn had three singles, scored three runs and drove in two runs in his first three at-bats. Freshman Gordon Beckham also had three hits, while three other Bulldogs had at least two hits. Save for pinch hitter Matt Robbins, who entered in the ninth, every Georgia hitter had a hit.

The Bulldogs finished with 21 singles against Kentucky. The Bulldogs' only extra-base hit was Kyle Keen's double to right in the fourth inning.

"We beat the SEC champs four times in a week; that's enough said right there," said Georgia coach David Perno, whose team has won 15 of 17 games. "However we do it, we'll take it."