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Dodson, Dogs quiet Tide
AUís bats bury South Carolina as Vols lose

The Associated Press

Georgia right-hander Stephen Dodson won his second straight Southeastern Conference road game as he led the Bulldogs to a 4-1 win over The University of Alabama in the series opener Friday night. in Tuscaloosa

Dodson took a shutout into the ninth inning and held a struggling Alabama offense to one run and eight hits in the win.

He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

He allowed three hits in the ninth inning as the Tide brought the tying run to the plate, before Dodson fanned Ryan Rhoden and Brandon May to end the game.

Georgia (13-21, 5-8 SEC) put the game away with two runs in the sixth inning on an RBI double by Matt Robbins and a sacrifice fly by Jake Crane as the Bulldogs took a 4-0 lead.

Alabama (20-15, 5-8 SEC) avoided the shutout when sophomore right fielder Kent Matthes led off the ninth inning with his eighth home run of the season to make the final 4-1.

Miers Quigley suffered his second straight loss for Alabama as he allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings.

The two teams will continue this three-game series Saturday at 3:05 p.m.

Auburn 16, South Carolina 1: At Columbia, S.C., Josh Donaldson went 2-for-5 with five RBIs, including a three-run homer in the ninth to lead Auburn to a 16-1 win against South Carolina in Southeastern Conference action Friday night.

Mike Bianucci also had a solo shot to start a four-run third inning that put
the Tigers (25-12, 4-9 SEC) up 8-0.

Auburn starter Paul Burnside (6-1) struck out five and gave up just one run in seven inningsí work to pick up the win.

South Carolina starter Harris Honeycutt (7-1) struck out eight, but gave up eight runs on eight hits in four innings to take his first loss as a Gamecock.

Justin Smoak led South Carolina (26-8, 7-6) with a solo home run in the sixth. It was his 11th homer of the year. The Gamecocks recorded just six total hits.

Mississippi St. 4, Tennessee 3: Mark Goforth hit three RBIs and Aaron Weatherford picked up his first save of the season to lead Mississippi State to a 4-3 win over Tennessee in Knoxville on Friday night.

Mississippi State (23-8, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) had 13 hits, all for singles. Goforth drove in Jeff Flagg for the first run in the second.

Connor Powers drove in another run in the fifth, followed by two more RBIs from Goforth, to put the Bulldogs up 4-0 in a string of six consecutive hits.

Tennessee (20-14, 6-7) cut it to 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Tony Delmonico drove in Andy Simunic from second base and J.P. Arencibia drove in Julio Borbon on a fielderís choice RBI.

Shawn Griffin followed in the seventh with his first triple for the Volunteers to drive in Danny Lima to make it 4-3.

Weatherford threw two perfect innings with two strikeouts to save Chad Crosswhite (4-1), who allowed three
runs (two earned) on seven hits.

Vols starter James Adkins (4-5) allowed all 13 hits for four runs with seven strikeouts. Reliever Aaron Everett retired all seven Bulldogs in 2 1/3 innings.

The three-game series
continues Saturday at 6 p.m. CDT.

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