Georgia edges Alabama; Gamecocks cage Tigers


Published: Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 12:00 a.m.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Jason Jacobs' RBI single in the top of the eighth inning broke a tie and brought home the winning run as Georgia defeated No. 13 Alabama 4-3 on Saturday.
Jacobs snapped a 3-3 tie with two-out, two-strike base hit up the middle off losing pitcher Wade LeBlanc. Jacobs' base hit scored Kyle Keen for the win.
The Bulldogs (23-19, 7-12 SEC) jumped to a 3-0 lead in the top of the fifth after a pair of RBI by Keen and Joey Side. Georgia right-hander Sean Ruthven (2-4) picked up the win.
Senior first baseman Zac Welch had a three-home run for Alabama (31-14, 12-8 SEC) in the sixth to tie the game at 3-3.
The series concludes today at 2 p.m. (CDT).
  • SOUTH CAROLINA 3, AUBURN 2: Michael Campbell hit a single in the ninth and Joey Friddle scored on a throwing error to lift South Carolina to a win over visiting Auburn.
    Campbell's hit came off reliever Michael Nix (4-2), who picked up the loss for the Tigers (27-18, 9-11 SEC) in an inning of work.
    Brent Marsh (2-1) earned the win, allowing three hits but no runs in 1 1/3 innings.
    South Carolina (31-12, 11-9) tied the score at 1 in the seventh when Chris Brown reached on a fielder's choice.
    Josh Bell had both RBI hits for Auburn, a homer in the fourth and a single in the eighth that put the Tigers up by 1.
  • OLE MISS-MSU: At Oxford, Matt Maloney threw a two-hitter to lead Mississippi to a 5-0 win over Mississippi State.
    Earlier, the Rebels defeated Mississippi State 11-4 in the completion of Friday's suspended game.
    Maloney (5-1) struck out four, hit one batter and allowed only an infield single by Brian LaNinfa in the fifth inning and a ninth-inning single to pinch-hitter Michael Rutledge.
    Barry Gunther hit a solo homer in the second and had a run-scoring single in the seventh for Ole Miss (31-13, 11-9 SEC).
    C.J. Ketchum added a two-run single in the eighth.
    Todd Doolittle (4-5) gave up three runs on four hits in seven innings for Mississippi State (28-14, 9-10).
    Friday's game was suspended with Ole Miss leading 11-4 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, after heavy rain and lightning rolled through the Oxford area.
    It didn't take long to finish it Saturday: After Zack Cozart popped out to end the Rebels' eighth, Tommy Baumgardner got two quick strikeouts, gave up a single to Jeffrey Rea and got Jeff Butts to ground out to end the game.
    Mark Holliman (5-1) was credited with the win. Alan Johnson (2-5) took the loss.
    n FSU: Rain and lightning forced the postponement of Saturday's game between Virginia and Florida State in Tallahassee.
    The two teams will play a doubleheader set to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday.
    Florida State (36-13, 11-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) won Friday's game 8-1 over Virginia (30-14, 9-11) in Tallahassee.
    Oklahoma coach not coaching, not suspended
    NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma officials have made no decision Saturday about whether baseball coach Larry Cochell would keep his position after using racially derogatory language during two ESPN interviews.
    OU athletic director Joe Castiglione did not want to comment, other than to say Cochell's status had not changed. Castiglione announced Friday night that he had removed Cochell from his position and named Sunny Golloway the interim head coach indefinitely.
    The school is not terming this a suspension. According to OU officials, Cochell is simply not coaching the team as they investigate whether he used a racial epithet while speaking with ESPN announcers Gary Thorne and Kyle Peterson in separate pregame interviews on Tuesday.
    Cochell apologized for the remarks in a news release Friday. The coach did not return a message left for him Saturday.
    According to Thorne, Cochell used a racial epithet after complimenting freshman outfielder Joseph Dunigan about his schoolwork. The network reported that Cochell told Thorne, "There's no (racial epithet) in him."
    Peterson said Cochell used a similar comment later during their pregame talk and then added, "Dunigan is a good black kid."
    Dunigan, who is black, did not want to comment after OU's 7-1 loss to Nebraska on Saturday.
    "Joe's a young man that is truly wise beyond his years," Golloway said. "He truly understands that there was nothing negative toward him. I know in the big realm that sounds crazy. But Joe knows that nobody attacked Joe Dunigan."
    - The Dallas Morning News
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