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Tennessee tops Georgia in slugfest

Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2001

OMAHA, Neb. -- Chris Burke hit a go-ahead inside-the-park home run in the eighth inning as Tennessee outslugged and outlasted Georgia 19-12 in a College World Series elimination game Monday.

Kris Bennett drove in a series record-tying seven runs with a series-record six hits, including a home run, and Javi Herrera homered and had four RBIs for Tennessee (47-19). Brian Gates (6-4) allowed one unearned run and two hits in four innings of relief to pick up the win for the Vols, who scored 13 runs in a loss to Miami on Saturday.

David Coffey had three hits, including a grand slam, and four RBIs for Georgia (47-22), which had beaten its Southeastern Conference rivals in three regular season meetings.

Burke's home run, his 20th of the season, sparked a five-run inning for the Vols, who advanced to Tuesday night's elimination game against Southern California.

Miami 4, Southern California 3

OMAHA, Neb. -- Charlton Jimerson led off the game with a home run for the second straight time and Miami went on to beat Southern California Monday night in the College World Series, the Hurricanes' 15th consecutive win.

Greg Lovelady had a two-run double for Miami (51-12), which will play again Thursday against USC or Tennessee, which play in an elimination game Tuesday night.

Brian Walker (12-1) pitched 5 1-3 innings for the win and George Huguet held the Trojans scoreless for the final 1 2-3 innings for his 14th save.

USC, which blew a great scoring opportunity in the seventh inning, had runners first and second with two outs in the ninth, but Huguet got Alberto Concepcion to pop out to right and end the game.

Concepcion and Josh Persell each homered for the Trojans (45-18), who had won seven straight.

The Hurricanes took the lead on Jimerson's homer off Rik Currier (12-2) and never gave it up, thanks to Jimerson's leaping catch that robbed Brian Barre of a homer in the top of the fifth. The speedy center fielder timed his jump perfectly and, with his head and shoulders above the 7-foot wall in right-center, pulled the ball back.

The play seemed to revive the offense for the Hurricanes, who had just two hits through the first four innings.

Kevin Brown led off the bottom of the fifth with a double, Kris Clute walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Lovelady drove them both in with a double down the third-base line and he scored on a two-out single by Javy Rodriguez.

Concepcion and Persell got USC back into the game with home runs in the sixth. Concepcion led off with a shot to left, then with Anthony Lunetta on first and one out, Persell launched one that cleared the bleachers in left to cut the lead to 4-3.

Southern California blew a great opportunity to tie it or take the lead in the seventh. Seth Davidson led off with a walk and went to second on Barre's double to right. But Davidson was thrown out at home on a fielder's choice and Lovelady threw out Barre when he tried to steal third.

Walker got out of a huge jam in the first after walking Barre and Concepcion, then hit Lunetta with a pitch to load the bases for Bill Peavey, who grounded into a double play.

Jimerson also homered to lead off the Hurricanes' 21-13 win over Tennessee on Saturday.



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