Tech tops Lipscomb
Georgia rallies to beat Louisville 9-8

ATHENS - Brad Feltes broke a tie with a two-run double in the eighth inning and Georgia Tech beat Lipscomb 6-3 on Saturday night.

Georgia Tech (41-19) can clinch the regional on the campus of rival Georgia with one more win tonight. Georgia and Lipscomb will play earlier today for the right to face the Yellow Jackets.

Jason Haniger hit a three-run homer in the second inning for the Yellow Jackets, but little Lipscomb, an Atlantic Sun private school in Nashville, Tenn., rallied to pull even at 3-3 through seven innings.

Georgia Tech starter Deck McGuire gave up six hits and three runs in 62/3 innings.

Lipscomb (33-29), which beat Georgia 10-7 on Friday night, stayed close thanks to a strong start by Brandon McClurg.

McClurg, who pitched a no-hitter against Kennesaw State on March 29, retired 16 of 17, including 10 in a row, before giving up two singles in the seventh. He escaped the jam when Charlie Blackmon flied out to deep center to end the inning.

With the score 3-3, McClurg was pulled with two outs in the eighth and Luke Murton and Derek Dietrich on base. Kyle Tognazzini, who earned the save against Georgia, gave up Feltes' two-run double to right-center.

Georgia Tech added another run in the ninth when Blackmon's single past second baseman Ben Williams drove in Patrick Long.

Lipscomb scored one run in the second and two in the fifth. Blake Bratcher walked to lead off the second and scored on a bases-loaded groundout by Branden Cadavid.

Beckham, Georgia rally

past Louisville

Gordon Beckham's three-run homer helped Georgia rally from a three-run deficit with seven runs in the seventh, and the Bulldogs beat Louisville 9-8 on Saturday to eliminate the Cardinals from the NCAA tournament.

Georgia, upset by Lipscomb on Friday night, trailed 5-2 through six innings but rallied to avoid the two-game ouster from its regional. The Bulldogs (36-22-1) took the lead with seven runs on eight hits in the seventh.

Beckham set a school record with his 24th homer of the season off Louisville closer B.J. Rosenberg to tie the game.

Stewart Ijames hit a two-run homer and Jeff Arnold added another homer in the ninth off Georgia closer Joshua Fields.

Georgia improved to 12-0 in NCAA tournament elimination games at Foley Field.

Georgia is 16-6 in the tournament at home, winning three regionals and two Super Regionals.

Ryan Peisel and Matt Olson, who each had four hits for Georgia, led off the seventh with singles off reliever Zack Pitts.

For the second time in three innings, Louisville (41-21) made a pitching change to face Beckham, who lined the tying opposite-field homer to right off Rosenberg.

Rich Poythress followed with a bloop double to center and scored the go-ahead run on Rosenberg's wild throw to first for an error on Matt Cerione's infield hit.

Robbie O'Bryan followed with a run-scoring triple to right off Rosenberg. Lyle Allen drove in O'Bryan with a single to right. Ryan Peisel's beat out an infield hit, his second hit of the inning, to drive in Allen for a 9-5 lead.

Louisville's Phil Wunderlich led off the sixth with a his first homer off the scoreboard behind the right-field wall for a 5-2 lead for Louisville (41-21).

Georgia right-hander Tervor Holder, held out of the Southeastern Conference tournament due to shoulder stiffness, gave up eight hits and four runs, three earned, in four innings.

Georgia loaded the bases on three singles with no outs in the first but scored only one run, on a fly ball to center field by Poythress. Bryce Massanari hit into a double play to end the inning.