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Georgia ousts S.C. in SEC Tournament

May 28, 2011
From AP wire reports

Chase Davidson drove in two runs and three Georgia pitchers combined to contain South Carolina 4-2 Friday night and eliminate the top-seeded Gamecocks from the Southeastern Conference tournament in Hoover, Ala.

The Bulldogs (30-29) still need to beat Florida twice to make the championship game, but have to win the first one Saturday to secure a winning record and be eligible for an NCAA regional.

"This group has been so tough all year," Georgia coach Dave Perno said. "When they get pushed, they just seem to will something. We have got to get off to a good start. That's the key."

It worked against the Gamecocks (45-14), who never overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit. The defending national champions still are expected to receive a national seed on Sunday. They allowed eight first-inning runs in three tournament games and only six after that.

Georgia starter Blake Dieterich (3-3) went a career-long 6 1/3 innings while reliever Bryan Benzor stranded runners in scoring position in the seventh and eighth. Closer Tyler Maloof got two straight groundouts and a strikeout in the ninth for his 17th save.

South Carolina loaded the bases with one out in both the first and third innings but Dieterich allowed single runs each time.

Davidson got things going with a two-run single in the first before South Carolina starter Colby Holmes (6-3) settled down.

Arkansas 4, Alabama 1: Kyle Robinson homered and Ryne Stanek pitched into the eighth inning to help Arkansas stay alive with a victory over Alabama Friday in a Southeastern Conference tournament elimination game.

The Razorbacks (38-19) must beat Vanderbilt twice Saturday to advance to the championship game.

Stanek (3-2) limited the Crimson Tide (33-26) to two hits while walking three before leaving after a two-out walk to Taylor Dugas in the eighth. Then Arkansas gave him a bigger cushion with Matt Reynolds' RBI double in the bottom half of the inning.

Trent Daniel retired the final four batters for his third save.

Robinson went 2-for-3 with a walk and drove in two runs. He led off the fourth with a homer against Alabama starter Jonathan Smart (4-3) and added an RBI single in the sixth.

Austin Smith drove in Alabama's only run with a single in the fourth.

ACC

Virginia 6, Miami 4: Kenny Swab drove in four runs to lead Virginia to a soggy win over Miami Friday night at the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament in Durham, N.C.

Swab broke a 3-3 tie with a three-run double in the seventh inning that put the top-seeded Cavaliers (47-9) ahead to stay. Virginia improved to 2-0 in the Pool A round robin.

The game - originally scheduled to begin Friday morning - was held up twice by heavy rains, including a 7 1/2-hour delay during the afternoon and early evening that forced the ACC to adjust the rest of the schedule.

Rony Rodriguez hit a two-run home run in the first inning for the fifth-seeded Hurricanes (35-21), now 1-1 in the tournament.

The North Carolina-Wake Forest game was to follow Virginia-Miami.

Miami was leading 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning when thunderstorms deluged the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Continued heavy rains pushed back the start time past 7 p.m.

The league said the Florida State-Georgia Tech game will be played at 9 a.m. Saturday in the opener of a quadruple header.

Saturday's remaining schedule: Clemson/NC State, Miami/Wake Forest and Virginia/North Carolina will be played in their original order following the Florida State/Georgia Tech game.

TOURNAMENTS

Atlantic Coast Conference

Virginia 6, Miami 4

Atlantic Sun Conference

Belmont 6, Mercer 4

Atlantic 10 Conference

Charlotte 5, Rhode Island 2

Richmond 7, Rhode Island 2, Rhode Island eliminated

Big East Conference

Louisville 12, Pittsburgh 2, Pittsburgh eliminated

Connecticut 9, Notre Dame 3, Notre Dame eliminated

Big Ten Conference

Minnesota 9, Ohio St. 4, Ohio St. eliminated

Minnesota 1, Purdue 0, Purdue eliminated

Illinois 4, Michigan St. 1

Southeastern Conference

Arkansas 4, Alabama 1

Georgia 4, South Carolina 2, South Carolina eliminated

 
 

 

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