Originally created 06/05/06

Georgia forces final contest



ATHENS, Ga. - Josh Morris hit the three-run homer that sealed the deal, but diminutive second baseman Matthew Dunn played no small role in Georgia's 7-1 win over Florida State in the NCAA regional Sunday.

Dunn's RBI single in the fourth accounted for the winning run, and Dunn ranged wide to his left in the eighth to throw out Tony Thomas Jr. to halt the last rally by the Seminoles.

"Dunn made that play on Tony look easier than it was," said Florida State coach Mike Morris. "That was a big-time play."

Morris' school-record 23rd home run, a three-run shot in the top of the seventh, advanced host Georgia to an NCAA regional championship game tonight at 7:07 against the Seminoles.

Georgia (44-20) now stands at 13-2 all-time in NCAA regional elimination games.

Georgia led 2-1 in the must-win game when Morris homered off Bryan Henry (9-4) into the left field parking lot. He tied the single-season school record set by Andy Osbolt in 1998 and extended his career record to 51.

"It was a fastball outside, about a foot outside," said Morris. "I was looking outer half all the way."

- Earlier in the day, Joey Side drove in six runs with a triple and a homer in leading Georgia past Jacksonville 15-8 in an elimination game.

Side also singled, but failed to hit for the cycle when he grounded out in his last two at bats.

In Fayetteville, Ark., Adam Carr's three-run homer in the sixth inning kept Oklahoma State alive.

Cowboys left fielder Ty Wright saved the win with a ninth-inning catch that ended the game. After Arkansas' Jake Dugger singled to right field, Brian Walker roped a line drive to left that could have scored Dugger as the tying run, but Wright caught Walker's hit as he crashed into the left field wall.

In Chapel Hill, N.C., a two-run homer by Tim Federowicz and a two-run double by Chad Flack highlighted a six-run fourth inning that keyed the Tar Heels' win that sent them to the NCAA Super Regional.

North Carolina (48-13) scored 14 or more runs in all three of its regional victories.

In Ausin, Texas, Chris Minaker had five hits, two RBI and scored six runs, and Michael Taylor added a two-run homer to lead Stanford to a sixth Super Regional.

In Lexington, KY., Philip Coker had a grand slam as College of Charleston (46-15) scored six runs in the first inning to defeat Kentucky and win its first NCAA Regional.

In Oxford, Miss., Mark Wright homered and drove in four runs and Justin Brashear, the Regional's MVP, also had four RBI for Ole Miss (43-20), which swept to its second consecutive regional title.



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