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Roundup: Ninth-inning rally lifts Wildcats

By The Associated Press

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Arizona 6, Long Beach State 5

LONG BEACH — Trevor Crowe hit a go-ahead triple off Neil Jamison (3-4) after Brad Boyer's two-run single tied it during Arizona's four-run ninth inning to help the Wildcats beat Long Beach State 6-5 Friday night in the first game of their best-of-3 NCAA super regional series.

The Wildcats (34-24-1) took a win away from Jered Weaver, who struck out 12 and allowed one earned run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings. Weaver was drafted 12th overall by the Anaheim Angels on Monday.

Brad Davis hit three singles and Danny Mocny drove in two runs to help Long Beach (39-20) take a 5-0 lead by the fourth inning.

Arizona cut Long Beach's lead to 5-2 when 49ers center fielder Josh Buhagiar dropped Jeff Van Houten's sinking line drive, allowing Crowe to score from second base.

Arizona starter Koley Kolberg went 7 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Scott Burns (1-1) got one out for the win and Mark Melancon got his second save.

At Blair Field, Long Beach, CA:

Arizona          000 000 114  6  8  0
Long Beach State 010 400 000  5 10  1

W Burns, 1-1. L Jamison, 3-4. S Melancon (2).
HR: Arizona, Hundley.

Georgia 7, Georgia Tech 5

ATLANTA — Bobby Felmy hit a three-run homer and reliever Johnny Dobbs escaped a bases-loaded jam to lead Georgia past Georgia Tech on Friday in the first game of their best-of-3 NCAA super regional series.

Marshall Szabo went 2-for-5 and had a two-run single to move the Bulldogs (42-21) within one win of a trip to the College World Series. Clint Sammons scored two runs and Will Startup pitched the final three innings for his ninth save.

Mike Nickeas had three hits — including a home run — and Eric Patterson also homered for the Yellow Jackets (44-20), who lost for only the third time in 26 games.

Dobbs (5-2) pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief of starter Michael Hyle and allowed only Nickeas' solo shot in the sixth. He struck out one and walked one.

Dobbs came in to relieve Hyle with two outs in the fourth, inheriting a two-ball count on Mike Trapani. He promptly walked him and Patterson to load the bases before he got Brandon Boggs to ground out.

Georgia Tech's Micah Owings lasted six innings and gave up seven runs on nine hits, both season highs. He lost for the first time in 10 starts since March 12 against Virginia. He threw 104 pitches to bring his total over the past three outings to 381.

At Russ Chandler Stadium, Atlanta:

Georgia      005 002 000  7 12  0
Georgia Tech 102 001 010  5  9  2

W Dobbs 5-2. L Owings 9-3.
HR: Georgia, Felmy (9). Georgia Tech, Patterson (9), Nickeas (8).

Arkansas 7, Florida State 5

FAYETTEVILLE — Scott Hode went 4-for-5 and Arkansas' bullpen held Florida State to three hits in the final four innings.

The Razorbacks put together a three-run fifth inning. Hode singled with one out to start the rally and scored from first when Seminoles catcher Aaron Cheesman dropped a relay throw after Danny Hamblin's double.

Arkansas (44-22) went ahead on two-out RBI singles by Devin Day and Scott Bridges, and added Hamblin's RBI single in the eighth.

Boyd Goodner (3-3) pitched 1 1/3 innings of one-hit relief and Jay Sawatski pitched the last three innings for his sixth save.

Florida State (45-22) had 14 hits, but 11 were singles and the Seminoles stranded 13.

Gibbs Chapman drove in two runs and Rhett James (10-3) gave up 10 hits and three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings for the Seminoles.

Florida State's Stephen Drew, taken in the first round earlier this week by the Arizona Diamondbacks, went 1-for-5.

At Baum Stadium, Fayetteville, AR:

Florida State 010 220 000  5 14  2
Arkansas      101 130 01x  7 17  1

W Goodner, 3-3. L James, 10-3. S Sawatski (6).
HR: Arkansas, Rowlett (3), Toops (5).

Texas 15, Vanderbilt 3

AUSTIN — J.P. Howell struck out 13 in seven innings and Michael Hollimon homered and drove in three runs for Texas.

Drew Stubbs and Taylor Teagarden also homered for the Longhorns, who had 16 hits.

Jeremy Sowers (10-6), a first-round draft choice of the Cleveland Indians, allowed eight hits and seven runs in 3 1/3 innings. The Commodores used five pitchers.

Howell (14-2) gave up two earned runs on six hits and a walk.

Texas (54-13) scored five runs in the second inning, highlighted by Hollimon's two-run triple. Hollimon added a solo shot in the fourth inning.

Drew Stubbs, Taylor Teagarden, Curtis Thigpen and Seth Johnston each drove in two runs.

Matt Jones hit a two-run homer for Vanderbilt (45-18).

At Disch-Falk Stadium, Austin, TX:

Vanderbilt 000 020 010  3  8  0
Texas      050 241 30x 15 16  2

W Howell, 14-2. L Sowers, 10-6.
HR: Vanderbilt, W. Jones (11). Texas, Stubbs (7), Teagarden (9), Hollimon (4).

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