Originally created 06/13/06

Bulldogs rally one more time



ATHENS, Ga. - Bobby Felmy homered and tripled in a seven-run seventh inning as Georgia once again came back from the brink of elimination and beat South Carolina, 11-6 on Monday night, to win their super regional to advance to the College World Series.

South Carolina (41-25) won the first game 15-6 on Saturday. Georgia (47-21), which won its regional last week from the losers bracket, evened the series on Sunday with an 11-5 win.

Georgia took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on RBI singles by Joey Side and Josh Morris. Side's hit was his 109th of the season, a single-season record at Georgia to pass Chaz Lytle's mark set in 2002.

The Bulldogs' lead was short-lived. South Carolina shortstop Reese Havens led off the bottom of the third with a solo homer. Chris Brown then doubled and scored an out later on Justin Smoak's double. Smoak scored when shortstop Gordon Beckham threw wide of first on what would have been the third out, putting the Gamecocks ahead 3-2.

The Bulldogs took advantage of wildness from South Carolina starter Wynn Pelzer (5-5) to score the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth and sixth innings without a hit.

Pelzer lost the strike zone two outs into the fifth inning. He hit Morris and walked the bases full before hitting Matt Olson on an 0-2 count to force in the tying run.

Pelzer's wildness continued into the sixth, when he walked the first two Bulldogs. After two flyouts, Pelzer almost escaped, getting two strikes on Morris before uncorking a wild pitch, allowing Dunn to score the go-ahead run.

Felmy led off the seventh with a homer, his ninth of the season, and ended the inning's scoring with a two-run triple.

In between, Jonathan Wyatt steered a single through the box, driving home two. Then Side hit his three-base hit off the center field wall to score two more.

Trevor Holder (5-3) picked up the win in relief.

Georgia advanced to its fifth College World Series. The game was played before a Foley Field-record crowd of 4,302 fans.