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Friday May 12, 2006

From Theron Sapp to Jonathan Wyatt, there’s a list of Georgia players who can do no wrong in our eyes after making a single play that led to a win over Georgia Tech. Last night, Bobby Felmy added his name to that list. Felmy, who has struggled from the plate for most of his senior season, came through with a double in the 11th inning against Georgia Tech at Turner Field that allowed Gordon Beckham to score from first with the winning run.

The Dawgs picked themselves up after a devastating ninth inning where an error and a home run allowed Tech to tie the game. But Bulldog reliever Stephen Dodson came in and shut down the Tech offense for the next three innings.

Apart from the fireworks in the 9th and 11th innings, there were two earlier situations that you could point to as reasons why Georgia won.

In the top of the fourth inning, Tech loaded the bases with no outs. That wasn’t a good thing, but Adam McDaniel buckled down on the mound to hold Tech to just one run on a sacrifice fly. Georgia just had a huge shot in the arm with Josh Morris’s home run in the bottom of the third, and they were close to losing control of the game the next inning. Escaping the 4th and 5th with the lead was key.

Then there was the 7th inning. For as many fundamental breakdowns as you see in the college game, the Georgia half of the 7th was a textbook lesson in offensive execution. Ryan Piesel led off the inning with a hit to center field. Tech was slow to field the ball, and Peisel alertly turned that hit into a double. Matt Dunn followed with a very nice sacrifice bunt. Everyone expected it, Tech was playing for the bunt, and Dunn saw some very difficult pitches to bunt. But he laid one down the third base side in perfect position to advance Peisel to third. With a runner on third, one out, and decent speed on the bases and at bat, it was the perfect situation for a suicide squeeze. Perno called the play at the right time, Peisel was nearly to home plate when the pitch came, and all Wyatt had to do was make sure the ball was fair and on the ground. It was a perfectly-executed series of plays that gave Georgia a very important insurance run.

Though there weren’t many hits, there were still some noteable performances. Morris’s home run in the third tied Georgia’s career home run record. Beckham had an RBI single in the first, scored on Morris’s home run in the third, and turned a leadoff walk into the winning run in the 11th. The best was the pitching. The patchwork group of young and old lasting an inning here, two there, and finally Dodson’s solid three innings at the end kept a decent Tech lineup from doing much damage.

This was a fun one – the streak runs to eight games, the Dawgs win a season series over a Top 10 team, and Tech gets their hearts ripped out just when they thought they had grabbed control of the game in the ninth. In any sport, it never gets old.

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