KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Top-ranked Georgia used a four run fifth highlighted by a two-run home run by Joey Lewis to complete a sweep of Tennessee with a 4-3 victory Sunday at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
The Bulldogs improved to 24-3 overall and won their seventh straight SEC game to move to 7-2 in league action.
Tennessee (11-15, 1-8 SEC) loaded the bases with one out in the ninth trailing 4-3, but Dean Weaver struck out Cody Brown and Josh Liles to end the game and pick up his fourth save.
"That’s what you call just enough," Georgia coach David Perno said.
"Dean got the outs when he had to, and he is a stud in those moments. Offensively, we found the value of big innings and hitting the long ball. (Justin) Grimm gave us a great start.
"You don’t get an opportunity to sweep on the road very often. They had a lot of fortunate hits but things worked out and we have a lot of momentum with the toughest week of the year coming up."
Grimm (2-1) allowed one run on five hits in 5À innings to earn the win. Will Harvil made his third appearance in as many days out of the Georgia bullpen, and allowed one unearned run in 1À inning.
Tennessee scored first on a Liles home run in the third to take a 1-0 lead.
The Vols’ Aaron Tullo (1-3) walked Matt Cerione to start the game, but then retired the next 12 batters until Lyle Allen singled up the middle to lead off the fifth. Joey Lewis followed with a home run and Georgia took a 2-1 lead. Colby May was then hit, and a Levi Hyams single and a walk to Michael Demperio loaded the bases. May scored on a passed ball followed by a walk to Rich Poythress that scored Hyams, and the Bulldogs took a 4-1 lead.
Tennessee scored an unearned run in the seventh and got within 4-3 with another run in the eighth before Weaver closed the game in the ninth.
The Bulldogs were limited to five hits—one each by Lewis, Allen, May, Hyams and Zach Cone. Poythress went 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI, snapping his 14-game hitting streak. He finished the weekend 6-for-10 with four home runs and 10 RBI.
Georgia plays at Foley Field in six of the next seven games starting with a home-and-home series with No. 22 Clemson Tuesday at 7 p.m. LSU visits Athens for a three-game series next weekend.