FSU one win from advancing

Florida State found the power it was missing at the most opportune time. Backed by three home runs, the Seminoles (44-19) edged No. 7 national seed Georgia (42-20) 6-4 in the winner's bracket game at the Athens Regional. FSU needs one win to advance in the NCAA Tournament.

It was one heck of a game tonight -- well played on both sides," FSU Head Coach Mike Martin said. "Georgia is a beautiful baseball team and we are very fortunate to win."

Travis Anderson's sixth inning three-run blast gave the Seminoles a 6-3 lead and erased Georgia's game-tying three-run homer. With solo shots from Shane Robinson and Danny Diaz, FSU has hit 19 home runs in its last 10 games.

"It is amazing what one swing of the bat can do for a baseball team," Martin said of Anderson's home run.

Buster Posey's single followed Jack Rye's leadoff walk in the sixth. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Rye wandered too far off the bag on a near wild pitch and was caught stealing. Dennis Guinn drew another walk, setting the stage for Anderson who launched the first pitch he saw from Brooks Brown (7-4) over the left-centerfield wall.

An inning earlier, Joey Side pulled the Bulldogs even off Seminole hurler Tyler Chambliss. Chambliss (12-4) had surrendered one hit before Jonathan Wyatt's single put runners on first and second. Danny Diaz's errant throw to first after a strikeout allowed Matthew Dunn to reach base. Two batters later, Side hit Chambliss' pitch over the 404 sign in center to tie the game at 3, yet the pitcher rebounded. Chambliss struck out the final two batters of the inning to keep some momentum on FSU's side.

"I had to keep my composure," Chambliss said. "Back-to-back strikeouts -- that bumps you right back up."

Besides the home run, Chambliss was flawless. In 5.1 innings, he scattered four hits and struck out 10. Luke Tucker earned his ninth save, this time of the two-inning variety after pitching a scoreless eighth and ninth.

Robinson led off the game with his seventh home run of the season, setting a new single season career high for the All-American. Florida State got an RBI single from Rye in the third and Diaz's first homer in more than a year in the fifth. The catcher crushed a 1-1 fastball that easily cleared the left field wall to give the Seminoles a 3-0 advantage.

Georgia got a run back in the sixth, when four FSU pitchers came into the game. After a hit batsman and single, Chambliss gave way to Brent Marsh, who got the second out before walking Dunn to load the bases. Matt DiBlasi then entered and walked Wyatt to make it 6-4, but Brian Chambers induced a groundout from Side to end the inning. The Bulldogs left nine men on base.

"We would like to get excited and think that we've accomplished something, but we haven't accomplished anything because there is still a lot of baseball yet to be played," Martin said.

The Seminoles will play the winner of Georgia and Jacksonville Sunday at 5 P.M., needing just one win in the next to two games to reach the Super Regional for the eighth consecutive time. FSU has moved beyond the Regional since the Super Regional format was adopted in 1999.


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