Carolina salvages win; Dawgs share SEC title

ATHENS – After Auburn beat Arkansas last night Georgia rolled out of bed this morning knowing that they were no less than Co-SEC Champions. But South Carolina used three solo home runs from Landon Powell to spoil Georgia's solo championship party.

The game started the same as it did yesterday, with Carolina opening with a 2-0 lead. Powell started the Carolina scoring with his first solo home run of the day. The Gamecocks used his belt and a poor fielding play from Georgia first baseman Josh Morris to take a two run lead on three hits.

Powell was at again in the 4th inning as he popped his 44th career home run to give the Cocks a 3-0 lead. Carolina used the momentum from the blast to go out in front 4-0 before Georgia stopped the bleeding with a two-out play at the plate.

Then in the 5th the Gamecocks showed that players other than Powell had power when 3rd baseman Brian Triplett nailed another Gamecock solo home run to move their advantage to 5-0. That's when David Perno pulled staring pitcher Paul Lubrano from the mound. Bo Lanier came in relief but it didn't matter.

Powell tied the South Carolina single season home run record with his third home run of the day. The Gamecocks were in complete control of the contest. Not only were they slugging; they were doing a good job of pitching, too.

Carolina pitcher Billy Buckner was dominating through 4 innings allowing only 1 hit to the Bulldogs. By then the Cocks had built up their lead.

Lanier stopped the bleeding after the Powell blast and in the Bulldogs' half of the 5th Bobby Felmy managed to score Georgia's first run of the game on a two out hit by Jonathan Wyatt. But the inning ended when Wyatt was thrown out trying to steal 2nd.

Georgia added a run in the 6th inning. After that, Carolina replaced Buckner with sidearm relief pitcher Chad Blackwell and the Bulldogs went scoreless the rest of the way.

South Carolina scored an insurance run in the 9th with a check-swing triple from Brendan Winn. Winn scored on a wild pitch to make the final 8-2.

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