Thursday, May 26, 2011

Georgia ends SEC Tournament slump, ends Auburn's NCAA Tournament dream

HOOVER, Alabama -- Georgia broke out of an SEC Tournament slump with a three-run sixth inning, rallying from behind to oust Auburn from play with a 3-2 victory Thursday afternoon. 

Auburn (29-29) led through five, thanks to Casey McElroy's solo blast in the fourth (his ninth home run of the season) and Tony Caldwell's RBI single an inning later.

But Georgia (29-29) rallied with four hits and benefited from a McElroy throwing error in the sixth, which allowed Zach Cone to score the go-ahead run from second. 

Georgia was held to one hit in Wednesday's opener, a 10-0 loss to second-ranked Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs play either Vanderbilt or South Carolina Friday in an elimination game.

Thursday's loss ended Auburn's hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Tournament, which now requires participants to have at least one more win above a .500 record.

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