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UGA ousts No. 1 SEC seed South Carolina

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

HOOVER, Ala. -- Chase Davidson had two RBIs and three Georgia pitchers combined to contain South Carolina 4-2 Friday night and oust the top-seeded Gamecocks from the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The Bulldogs (30-29) still need to beat Florida twice to make the championship game, but have to win the first one to secure a winning record and be eligible for an NCAA regional. The Gamecocks (45-14) never overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit.

Neither team scored after the third.

Georgia starter Blake Dieterich (3-3) went a career-long 6-1/3 innings while reliever Bryan Benzor, a Grayson grad, stranded runners in scoring position in the seventh and eighth. Closer Tyler Maloof, a Norcross grad, got two straight groundouts and a strikeout in the ninth for his 17th save.

Davidson got things going with a two-run single in the first before South Carolina starter Colby Holmes (6-3) settled down.

Arkansas 4, Alabama 1

HOOVER, Ala. -- Kyle Robinson homered and Ryne Stanek pitched into the eighth inning to help Arkansas stay alive with a 4-1 victory over Alabama Friday in a Southeastern Conference tournament elimination game.

The Razorbacks (38-19) must beat Vanderbilt twice today to advance to the championship game.

Stanek (3-2) limited the Crimson Tide (33-26) to two hits while walking three before leaving after a two-out walk to Taylor Dugas in the eighth. Then Arkansas gave him a bigger cushion with Matt Reynolds' RBI double in the bottom half of the inning.

Trent Daniel retired the final four batters for his third save.

Robinson went 2 for 3 with a walk and drove in two runs. He led off the fourth with a homer against Alabama starter Jonathan Smart (4-3) and added an RBI single in the sixth.

Austin Smith drove in Alabama's only run with a single in the fourth.

Weather leads ACC to adjust tourney schedule

DURHAM, N.C. -- Continued severe weather has forced the Atlantic Coast Conference to make yet another adjustment to the schedule for the league's baseball tournament.

The Virginia-Miami game was suspended with Miami leading 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning when thunderstorms deluged the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. It was supposed to restart at 6 p.m., but continued heavy rains led officials to push back the start time by another hour.

The league also said the Florida State-Georgia Tech game will be played at 9 a.m. Saturday in the opener of a quadruple header. That game originally was scheduled to be played Friday afternoon.