Originally created 05/24/04

South Carolina tops Georgia



ATHENS, Ga. -- South Carolina's Landon Powell hit three solo home runs to power the Gamecocks to an 8-2 victory Sunday that kept Georgia from capturing the Southeastern Conference baseball championship outright.

The loss dropped Georgia into a tie for the regular season crown with Arkansas, which beat Auburn 15-3 Sunday, leaving both the Bulldogs and Razorbacks with 19-11 SEC records.

It was the fifth title for Georgia, which also won SEC crowns in 1933, 1953, 1954 and 2001.

Georgia (37-18) had won the first two games in the weekend series with Carolina and Sunday's loss left them with 14 victories in their last 16 conference games.

Both the Gamecocks (41-15, 17-13) and Bulldogs will be in the SEC tournament beginning Wednesday, with second-seeded Georgia facing seventh-seed Vanderbilt and fifth-seeded South Carolina taking on fourth-seed Ole Miss.

Powell's three homers, giving him 19 for the season, helped Carolina build a 6-0 lead in the first five innings.

Georgia scored in the fifth on Jonathan Wyatt's RBI single and added another in the six on a run-scoringsingle by Josh Morris, his 67th RBI of the year.

Brendan Winn's RBI triple highlighted a two-run ninth for the Gamecocks.

Billy Buckner (5-2) earned the victory by going six innings. He allowed both runs on six hits, walked one and fanned eight. Chad Blackwell pitched the last three innings for his 12th save, allowing only two hits. The loss went to Paul Lubrano, knocked out of the game with one out in the fifth. He allowed four runs on eight hits.