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Bulldogs beat USC twice

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and rallied from a two-run deficit to defeat No. 9 South Carolina 5-3 on Saturday and sweep an SEC doubleheader. The Bulldogs won the first game 1-0.

Georgia improved to 19-10, 8-3 in the SEC, while the losses dropped USC to 20-9, 6-5. The teams meet at 2 p.m. today in th series finale.

The Gamecocks were in control of the game with a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning when Georgia struck. The Bulldogs were able to take advantage of James Darnell's error to get their leadoff hitter on base.

Adam Fuller followed with a single to put a pair of runners on base. Michael Demperio's sacrifice bunt put both runners in scoring position and set the stage for Ryan Peisel. Already with two hits on the evening, Peisel delivered an RBI single to right center, scoring both runs and tying the game.

With two outs and a runner on second base, the Gamecocks elected to intentionally walk Gordon Beckham. Reliever Brandon Todd came in for starter Will Atwood to face Rich Poythress.

The Bulldogs' cleanup hitter knocked a base hit to right center just out of the reach of diving right fielder Harley Lail, scoring Peisel and giving the Bulldogs a one-run cushion. Georgia went ahead 5-3 on another RBI base hit, this one from Bryce Massanari.

In Game 1, Matt Olson's two-out RBI hit in the bottom of the ninth lifted Georgia to the victory.

Both pitchers kept each team off the scoreboard. Fuller led off the ninth, reaching base after Parker Bangs hit him.

Demperio laid down a sacrifice bunt and Olson delivered an 0-2 hit.

Georgia reliever Joshua Fields picked up the win after striking out his final two batters. Gamecocks starter Mike Cisco, despite throwing eight shutout innings, took the loss.

Clemson's game at No. 2 Miami on Saturday ended too late for The Herald's deadlines. Check heraldonline.com for a recap.

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