June 3, 2001
Game two of the Athens Super Regional between Georgia and
Florida State was halted in the top of the seventh inning on Sunday, with the Seminoles leading 8-6. The game will resume at 1 p.m. on Monday with game three of the best-of-three series to follow approximately 45 minutes later if necessary. All remaining games, including the conclusion of the game postponed from Sunday, will be aired on Sunshine Network and College Sports South.
On Saturday, Georgia took game one of the series 8-7 in 10 innings. Sunday ‘s game was halted and then called following a two-hour and 19-minute lightning and rain delay.
“We don’t want to play the game in unreasonable conditions,” said Georgia head coach Ron Polk. “I think (NCAA representative) Johnny Reagan made a good call (in delaying the game). I think we will be alright tomorrow.”
The Bulldogs jumped out to the early lead in game two when Andy Neufeld singled to lead things off and scored on a Doc Brooks sacrifice fly to leftfield. Florida State’s leadoff hitter Bryan Zech scored in the bottom half of the first on a Mike Futrell ground out to tie the game at 1-1.
In the third, Florida State’s John-Ford Griffin started a home run derby that saw both teams combine for seven homers before the seventh-inning rain delay. Chris Hart and Nick Rogers had bombs in the fourth and sixth innings for the Seminoles. Jody Pollock and Tony Burchett hit home runs for Georgia, while Jeff Keppinger added two solo shots. Hart and Pollock were the number nine hitters in the lineup for both clubs.
“When’s the last time you’ve seen two nine-hole hitters hit home runs?” Seminole coach Mike Martin asked the media after the game was halted. “It was suprising. I thought Matt (Lynch) pitched very well. You can’t make a bad pitch to Georgia, they will make you pay.”
Martin added that a lot of baseball is left to be played.
“Nothing has been decided,” said Martin . “I’ve been even after 15 (holes of playing golf) and shot an 81.”
“Today’s game has been a home run game. Tomorrow the field may not play that way,” said Polk.
When the game resumes, it will be the top of the seventh with Georgia batting and one out. Bulldog right fielder Adam Swann will be at the plate with an 0-1 count and Florida State reliever Daniel Hodges is on the mound.
The winner of this weekend’s super regional will face Southern Cal in the first round of the College World Series.