2011 SEC Baseball Tournament
Game 10 -- #5 Georgia 4, #1 South Carolina 2
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HOOVER, Ala. - Georgia upset second-ranked South Carolina 4-2 Friday in an SEC Tournament elimination game in front of a Regions Park crowd of 8,068.
Georgia (30-29) now must beat fifth-ranked Florida on Saturday to be eligible for an NCAA at-large bid. The game will start around 1 p.m. EDT as it will follow the Arkansas-Vanderbilt contest slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. EDT. Should Georgia defeat the Gators, they would play them a second time Saturday night with the winner advancing to the SEC Tournament Championship game on Sunday.
On Friday, Georgia went on top 3-0 in the first getting three hits and taking advantage of two Gamecock miscues. Sophomore shortstop Kyle Farmer delivered an RBI-single and designated hitter Chase Davidson notched a two-run single to highlight frame off right-hander Colby Holmes. South Carolina had a chance to answer right back with three consecutive singles to start the second inning. Centerfielder Evan Marzilli made it 3-1 with an RBI-single to get the Gamecocks on the board. Sophomore left-hander Blake Dieterich battled back to strikeout Robert Berry before issuing a walk to Steven Neff to load the bases. Then, he struck out designated hitter DeSean Anderson and got Peter Mooney to pop out to maintain the Bulldog advantage. Georgia got a run back in the bottom of the inning as Zach Cone smacked an RBI-single to make it 4-1.
In the third, the Gamecocks threatened again, loading the bases with one out. Marzilli collected his second run-scoring single and that brought up Berry. Georgia avoided any further trouble when Dieterich got him to bounce to Farmer as the Bulldogs turned a double play to keep it 4-2. The Gamecocks went to the bullpen to start the bottom of the sixth turning to John Taylor. Holmes went five innings and allowed four runs on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts, falling to 6-3.
Following a one-out walk in the seventh, Georgia lifted Dieterich in favor of sophomore Bryan Benzor. Dieterich (3-3) provided a career-high 6.1 innings, scattering two runs on six hits with four walks and two strikeouts in his third start of the year out of 27 appearances. After getting Wingo to hit in to fielder’s choice, Christian Walker singled to move him into scoring position. Benzor battled back to strikeout cleanup hitter Jake Williams. He went 1.2 scoreless innings with one strikeout, and in the ninth, Georgia turned to sophomore closer Tyler Maloof. He pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances, and it was the 20th for the Bulldogs overall, which is a school record.
“We had a quick start, and we’ve been watching a lot of teams do that in this tournament, and we finally did it tonight,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “Blake managed to limit South Carolina’s runs, and we’ve been pretty good this season protecting a lead. We knew if he could get us through the middle innings, we had Bryan and Tyler late, and they did an outstanding job too.”
“I struggled a bit with my command early but I got a couple big double plays, and that helped me settle in,” said Dieterich.
On Monday when the Bulldogs visited injured teammate Johnathan Taylor at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta on their way to the tournament, Taylor told the Bulldogs if they made it to Saturday , he would do his best to be there with them.
“Saturday is going to be a big day for us, J.T. (Taylor) is going to be here, it’s going to be an emotional day,” Farmer added.
2011 SEC Baseball Tournament
Game 10 – Friday, May 27 – 6 p.m.
#1 South Carolina vs. #5 Georgia
• Georgia is now 30-29 for the season and South Carolina is 45-14 overall.
South Carolina –
• USC failed to score more than two runs for the second straight game. They are now 5-9 when scoring two runs or less.
• The loss drops South Carolina to 5-6 in two-run games.
• This was the second time in this year's SEC Tournament that the Gamecocks committed two errors.
• The three earned runs given up by starting pitcher Colby Holmes are the most he's given up since he gave up three against Ole Miss on May 7, 2011.
• The Gamecocks 4-5-and 6 hitters consisting of Jake Williams, Adrian Morales and Evan Marzilli combined to go 6-for-11 in the game. All three hitters had at least two hits. The rest of the USC lineup went a combined 2-21.
• After his walk in the third inning, second-baseman Scott Wingo has now reached base safely in 13 straight games.
• Wingo's walk in the third inning gives him 42 for the season and ranks him now second in the conference alongside Jarrod Parks of Mississippi State. (Nolan Fontana of Florida leads with 43 BB)
• Christian Walker's single in the 7th inning gives him 82 hits for the year, which gives him sole possession of second place in the conference this season.
• The Gamecocks grounded into two doubles plays Friday night. This season they have now only grounded into 31 double plays.
• The win gives the Bulldogs four wins in their last seven conference tournament games.
• The Bulldogs scored three runs in the first inning, which were the first runs of the game. They are now 11-5 when scoring in the first inning and 19-8 when scoring first.
• The three first inning runs push their total for the opening frame this season to 26, the third most of any inning this season.
• The 6.1 innings pitched by starter Blake Dieterich is a career high for him. He also gave up a career high four walks in his second win of the season.
• With the top of their lineup provided much of the offense, the 7-8 and 9 hitters in Georgia's batting order went 2-for-9 with four strikeouts. Two of those strikeouts came from catcher Brandon Stephens.
• The two strikeouts by Stephens are the most for him in a game, since he struck out twice in three at-bats against Auburn on May 6, 2011.
• Levi Hyams, who has been the Bulldogs top hitter all season, continues to struggle in the SEC Tournament. He went 0-for-3 on Friday night and still only has one hit in his last 12 at-bats.
• The Bulldog hitters had eight strikeouts in the game. The most of any of their three games in the tournament and most since they had 10 K's against Vanderbilt on May 20, 2011.
• Pitcher Tyler Maloof recorded the save on Friday night. It gives him an SEC-leading 17 saves on the year.