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SATURDAY'S COLLEGE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: UGA rallies to beat Stetson; FSU crushes Hofstra; Tech edges Xavier

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

ATHENS -- Georgia used a pair of runs in the eighth inning to rally past Stetson, 9-8, on Saturday in front of a season-high crowd of 3,148 at Foley Field.

Georgia improved to 5-2, scoring its first seven runs on the day with two outs. Meanwhile, the Hatters dropped to 3-3 despite getting three home runs from second baseman Roberts Crews.

"That was hard fought and we couldn't quite separate ourselves from them," Georgia coach David Perno said. "We're having a tough time getting through the sixth and seventh innings but we're working on it. We've got to iron out a few things and we have to figure out how we're going to use Cecil at the end of the game. Not having been in an SEC game, we've gone about things differently, but we're still in good shape.

Ahead most of the gane Georgia edshirt freshman Kevin Ruiz launched his first career home run, a two -run smash to right center to make it 7-4 Bulldogs.

Bit Crews connected for his third home run in the eighth to put the Hatters up 8-7. Georgia answered in the bottom of the frame. Peter Verdin tied the game with an RBI-double and then later scored the eventual winning run on a throwing error.

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FSU SWEEPS HOFSTRA, REMAINS UNBEATEN:

No. 2 Florida State (5-0) completed the sweep of Saturday's doubleheader blanking Hofstra (0-5) 13-0 in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.The Seminoles scored 13 runs for the second straight game -- they beat Hofstra 13-1 in Game 1 -- and have now reached double-digit runs and hits in all five games this year.

John Gast came through with another solid outing to up his record to 2-0 on the year. The junior southpaw scattered two hits and two walks over five innings of work. Gast finished the game with a career-high six strikeouts.

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GA. TECH SHUTS XAVIER DOWN -- AND OUT:

Junior Brandon Cumpton pitched seven shutout innings of one-hit ball, and the third-ranked Georgia Tech baseball team (7-0) erupted for a season-high five home runs in a 15-0 win over Xavier (0-5) Saturday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Senior Jason Garofalo, juniors Derek Dietrich and Jeff Rowland, and sophomores Jacob Esch and Matt Skole all went deep in the outing.

Tech's biggest inning of the season came in the bottom of the sixth, as the Jackets exploded for 10 runs on six-hits, including two home runs. All nine Tech batters crossed the plate in an inning that tied for the fifth largest run total in school history.