Originally created 05/15/98

Gamecocks out after losing to Louisiana St.



HOOVER, Ala. -- Randy Keisler threw a five-hit shutout and Brad Cresse hit a grand slam in the eighth inning Thursday to keep LSU alive in the Southeastern Conference tournament with a 6-0 victory over South Carolina.

Keisler (8-5) struck out nine batters and walked just two to become the first LSU pitcher to throw a shutout in the SEC tournament. It was only LSU's second shutout of the year.

South Carolina (42-17) lost its 10th straight SEC tournament game.

ALABAMA 8, KENTUCKY 3:

Andy Phillips and G.W. Keller hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie and lead Alabama.

Jarrod Kingrey (7-3) moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation and struck out 11 batters over eight innings to help the Crimson Tide (41-15) stay alive in the double-elimination tournament.

N.C. STATE 4, VIRGINIA 1:

Brad Piercy's league-leading 17th homer helped give North Carolina State a victory to stay alive in the ACC tournament.

Kurt Blackmon (10-5) pitched a complete game six-hitter to pick up the victory. Virginia's only run was unearned.

GEORGIA TECH 10, CLEMSON 6:

Durham Bulls Athletic Park has seen its share of surprises in two years of hosting the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament.

Two years ago, it was Virginia capturing its first ACC tourney crown. On Thursday, it was perennial power Clemson being ousted from the double-elimination event after two games for the first time in the history of the 25-year tournament.

The highly ranked Tigers (42-14), the ACC's No. 3 seed, will head home to play host to the NCAA tournament East Regional next week having lost seven of their past nine games.