Originally created 06/12/06

SEC rivals to play decisive Game 3 tonight



ATHENS, Ga. - Eight home runs in a single game pushed Georgia to elimination's edge. A pair of timely home runs kept the Bulldogs from falling.

Jason Jacobs and Bobby Felmy each hit homers and Georgia came from behind to beat South Carolina 11-5 on Sunday at Foley Field to even the best-of-three Super Regional 1-1.

The teams will play a decisive third game for one of the eight berths to the College World Series. First pitch is 7 p.m. Monday.

A day after South Carolina hit eight home runs, including an NCAA record-tying five in a row in the second inning, Jacobs' two-run shot to left field in the top of the fourth inning dented the Gamecocks' four-run lead.

After Matthew Dunn's sacrifice-bunt RBI tied it and Ryan Peisel gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the series on a wild pitch, Felmy led off the fifth inning with a first-pitch blast to straight-away center field to make it 6-4. It was Felmy's first home run in 41 games.

Georgia starter Brooks Brown (8-4), gave up four runs in the first three innings, but settled down and retired nine of the next 11 hitters he faced. The junior righty, the 34th overall selection in last week's major league draft, allowed four hits in six innings and struck out six.

South Carolina starter Mike Cisco (7-5) didn't survive the fourth inning. The freshman, who threw 134 pitches against Evansville in last weekend's Charlottesville Regional, allowed five earned runs and seven hits.

Similar to Saturday, South Carolina jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, thanks to Andrew Crisp's RBI double to left and Robbie Grinestaff's two-run single to right. The Gamecocks scored again with two outs in the third inning on Brown's wild pitch.

Georgia's Josh Morris started the Bulldogs' rally in the fourth with a double to the left-field gap. Felmy followed with an RBI single, paving the way for Jacobs. Georgia's senior catcher worked the count full and ripped Cisco's offering into the Leyland Cypress trees beyond the wall.

Georgia scored three more runs in the eighth inning on Peisel's run-scoring double and Jonathan Wyatt's RBI single. With the win, Georgia improved to 10-0 in postseason elimination games played at Foley Field. Overall, the Bulldogs are 18-6.