Georgia (42-20), which lost for just the fourth time in 22 games, now is one defeat away from the offseason. It must beat Jacksonville today at 1 p.m. in Foley Field for the right to play the Seminoles again at 5 p.m. The Seminoles (44-19) can advance to a Super Regional next weekend with a victory in the 5 p.m. game.
The winner of the Georgia-Jacksonville game must beat Florida State and regular Friday night starter Bryan Henry this evening to force a winner-take-all game at 7 p.m. Monday.
Designated hitter Travis Anderson, who had just two home runs in the first 58 games of the season, was the hero for the Seminoles. Anderson hit a two-out, three-run homer off Georgia starter Brooks Brown in the top of the sixth to provide the winning runs. It was his third home run in the last five games.
Saturday's result left Seminoles' manager Mike Martin looking like the wise, 28-year veteran that he is.
The Seminoles pitched their No. 3 starter against Jacksonville on Friday, leaving Chambliss, their co-ace along with Henry, to face the Bulldogs. Perno choose to stick with his regular rotation, sending No. 1 starter Mickey Westphal against Sacred Heart earlier in the day Saturday.
The Bulldogs could manage hardly anything off Chambliss, a junior right-hander who is a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award. He allowed one hit through four innings and that was a Josh Morris popup that turned into a double when Shane Robinson lost the ball in the sun.
Florida State built a 3-0 lead during that time thanks to a leadoff home run by Shane Robinson to open the game, an RBI single from Jack Rye in the third and a home run from Danny Diaz in the fourth.
Georgia finally got to Chambliss in the bottom of the fifth, after Diaz dropped a third strike pitch and threw wildly to first base, allowing Matthew Dunn to reach base and setting up a home run by Joey Side that tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth.
After Florida State jumped back out to a 6-3 lead on Anderson's home run in the top of the sixth, Georgia got one in the bottom of the inning to pull within two. Seminole closer Luke Tucker retired the Bulldogs' Nos. 2, 3 and 4 hitters in order to close out the victory.
Saturday was a long day at Foley, thanks to Friday rains that kept any games from finishing on the opening day of the Regional.
The Seminoles opened action at 9 a.m. by finishing off an 18-0 beating of Jacksonville they had started on Friday. Georgia followed with an 11-0 win over Sacred Heart. Jacksonville then eliminated Sacred Heart with a 4-3 victory to advance to today's game against the Bulldogs.