Georgia earned an emotional 6-4 win against Georgia Tech in front of 18,156 fans at Turner Field on Tuesday. Before the game, Johnathan Taylor showed up on the field to hug teammates from his wheelchair. Taylor was paralyzed in an outfield collision March 6, and his teammates last saw him in intensive care.
"It's just very emotional," Georgia coach David Perno told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "The last time we saw him as a group, he was in tough shape, and he's just a whole different guy now. It was pretty special."
Perno told the paper that Taylor watched the first four innings of the game from the dugout before returning to the Shepherd Center, where he is rehabilitating. In the fourth, the Bulldogs got to Tech starter Matt Grimes for five runs, highlighted by two-run singles by Levi Hyams and Kyle Farmer. The victory snapped Georgia Tech's five-game winning streak against Georgia, and pushed the Bulldogs to two games above the all-important .500 mark (teams must be above .500 to be eligible for at-large bids to the NCAA tournament).
Other highlights from Tuesday's action:
• Arizona State continued its recent mastery of rival Arizona, beating the Wildcats 4-3 in Tucson. Arizona threw ace Kurt Heyer (6 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K), but the Sun Devils got to him for three runs in the second inning and held on for the one-run victory thanks to 4.1 combined innings of scoreless, one-hit relief from Alex Blackford, Trevor Williams and Mitchell Lambson. ASU won the season series against Arizona 4-1.
• Oklahoma completed a sweep of its two-game season series against Texas Christian, 7-4 in Fort Worth. The Sooners took a 4-2 lead in the first three innings against TCU freshman standout Andrew Mitchell (3.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K), who took his first career loss. Dillon Overton (4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER) and Jordan John (2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER) nailed down the win with excellent relief work. TCU's regional hosting ambitions took a big hit with midweek losses to Dallas Baptist and Oklahoma in consecutive days. Oklahoma's hosting hopes are on the rebound. More on that discussion in Wednesday's stock report.
• Alabama, which has slid from the Top 25 into regional bubble range with a 4-10 stretch over the last three weeks, earned a big 7-3 win at No. 15 Southern Mississippi. Jared Reeves (4-for-5, 2 R, 2 RBI) led Alabama's 15-hit attack, and Taylor Wolfe (3.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K) picked up his first save with brilliant relief work.
• Zack Weiss (7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER) and Cody Regis (2-for-2, 2B, 3 RBI) led UCLA to a 6-1 win against UC Irvine.
• There were a number of notable upsets Tuesday, as well, starting with Sam Houston State's 8-5 win at Texas A&M in 12 innings. Chris Andreas (4-for-7, 2 R, 3 RBI) hit a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth for the Bearkats, who won it with three in the 12th against Dylan Mendoza. For all their excellence on weekends, the Aggies have lost four straight midweek games.
• In the stunner of the day, San Diego toppled No. 10 Cal State Fullerton, 12-8. The Toreros improved to 12-26, while Fullerton fell to 28-12. Cory LeVier (3-for-3, HR, 4 RBI) led USD's 17-hit attack. Fullerton has lost three of its last four, on the heels of a 19-2 stretch.
• Bethune-Cookman knocked off No. 17 Stetson, 4-3 in 11 innings. Emmanuel Castro had two hits and two RBIs for the Wildcats, who won on an unearned run in the 11th.
• A day after beating rival California, No. 21 Stanford was upset by St. Mary's, 3-2. Brenden Kalfus hit a pair of solo homers for the Gaels, who broke a 2-2 tie with an unearned run in the ninth against Stanford closer Chris Reed.
• Alabama-Birmingham came from behind to beat No. 22 Troy, 4-3. Andrew Manning's two-run homer in the eighth tied the game at 3-3, and John Frost followed with a walk-off single in the ninth. UAB has beaten Troy each of the last two Tuesdays, sandwiched around a series win against Rice. That's quite a strong rebound after the Blazers were swept at home by Memphis, and it thrust them right back into the at-large conversation.
• Wichita State beat No. 19 Oklahoma State, 6-5, behind a big day from Johnny Coy (3-for-5, 2B, HR, 4 RBI).
• Kansas State's at-large prospects continue to build. The Wildcats extended their winning streak to six games with a 9-0 win at Cal State Bakersfield, which has lost six straight and now likely finds itself on the wrong side of the bubble. Jared King (4-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI) led the offense for the Wildcats, who swept the two-game midweek series.
• Connecticut extended its winning streak to 11 games with an 11-6 win against Bryant. L.J. Mazzilli had four hits and three RBIs for the Huskies, who were without star shortstop Nick Ahmed after he left Monday's game early with an apparent rib injury. The buzz in the Northeast is that he could be out awhile, but UConn did not disclose any details or timetable.
• Phillip Ervin (2-for-5, 2B, HR, 5 RBI) and Josh Martin (6 IP, 5 H, 0 R) led Samford to an 8-0 win at Auburn.
• Texas State fell to 1-5 in midweek games against Big 12 opponents, losing 2-0 at Texas. On the season, Texas State is 2-8 in midweek action (counting a 13-inning win against Houston Baptist and losses to Arkansas, Rice and TCU), and those midweek woes are likely to torpedo the Bobcats' at-large chances, should they fail to win the Southland Conference's automatic bid.
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