Originally created 05/26/01

Georgia Southern stuns Georgia



ATHENS, Ga. - So much for seeding.

Carlos Love hit a double of the right-field wall in the ninth inning, scoring Darryl Stephens with the winning run as fourth-seeded Georgia Southern beat Georgia 4-3 on Friday in the NCAA Athens Regional.

The loss sends the top-seeded Bulldogs (41-19) to an elimination game this morning against No. 2 seed Georgia Tech, a 5-3 loser to underdog Coastal Carolina earlier Friday. The Eagles (42-18) play the Chanticleers later Saturday.

Stephens hit a one-out double to left in the ninth off Jeffery Carswell (9-1), and Love followed by hitting a 1-2 pitch over the head of right-fielder Adam Swann for the game-winner. Stephens, one of Georgia Southern's fastest players, didn't draw a throw as he slid head-first across the plate.

Brian Rogers (5-0) retired eight of the last nine batters in relief of Brett Lewis. Rogers survived a scare in the ninth when Jeff Keppinger doubled with two outs. But Rogers struck out Doc Brooks to end the game.

The Eagles pounded out 17 hits but left 15 runners on base, and they left a runner in scoring position in each inning. Lewis went 6 1/3 innings, walking a career-high six.

Keppinger singled in the seventh off Lewis and scored on Brooks' double to left-center, tying the game at 3. Rogers entered the game and got out of the inning.

Love's sacrifice fly in the sixth drove home Matt Herring in the sixth inning, giving Georgia Southern to a 3-2 lead. Love also drove home the games' first run with a double that scored Darryl Stephens in the fourth.

Brooks had been in a 1-for-20 skid and went hitless in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament last week.

In the opener, Scott Sturkie held Georgia Tech scoreless over the final seven innings, and Brandon Powell's two-run homer in the sixth inning helped the Chanticleers get past Georgia Tech.

The Chanticleers (41-18) rallied from three runs down for their fourth straight win, dropping the Yellow Jackets (41-19).

Sturkie (13-5) gave up three runs in the first two innings on home runs by Richard Lewis and Jason Perry before settling down. After giving up a one-out double to Victor Menocal in the fifth, Sturkie retired 13 of the last 14 batters. He allowed seven hits and struck out eight.

Rhett Parrott (9-5) walked Ryan McGraw leading off the sixth, setting up Coastal Carolina's comeback. Chad Felty drove in McGraw with a one-out double, and Powell followed with an opposite-field line drive just over the 375 mark in left-center field to give the Chanticleers a 4-3 lead.

Sturkie did the rest, mixing his pitches to shut down a lineup with a .349 team batting average. He was helped by two double plays and two great plays by Powell, the second baseman, who ranged far to his left to steal base hits from Brad Stockton and Matthew Boggs.

CLEMSON REGIONAL: B.J. Benik scattered nine hits over eight innings, and Chris Carter drove in three runs to lead Seton Hall to a 7-2 upset victory over No. 1 seed South Alabama on Friday.

Seton Hall (34-21-1), which won its first regional game since 1987, put the game away in the top of the seventh by scoring four times on two hits, two walks and three South Alabama (44-18) errors.

COLUMBIA REGIONAL: Jason Graham's one-out single past a drawn-in infield in the 12th inning led Central Florida past Princeton.

The Golden Knights (50-12) trailed 7-1 and 11-6 before rallying to beat the Tigers (22-24) in a game that featured 42 hits, including 14 for extra bases, and eight pitchers.