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Georgia topples top-seeded Miami

Stanford grabs other Day 1 victory at College World Series

Georgia's bench celebrates after teammate Lyle Allen (11) scored against Miami in the ninth inning of the NCAA College World Series. Georgia defeated Miami, 7-4, on Saturday in Omaha, Neb.

Georgia's bench celebrates after teammate Lyle Allen (11) scored against Miami in the ninth inning of the NCAA College World Series. Georgia defeated Miami, 7-4, on Saturday in Omaha, Neb.

June 15, 2008

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— Georgia scored four runs in the ninth inning - two on Miami closer Carlos Gutierrez's throwing error - and the Bulldogs came from behind to beat the top-seeded Hurricanes, 7-4, in the College World Series on Saturday night.

Gutierrez, the Minnesota Twins' first-round draft pick, came on to start the ninth to protect Miami's one-run lead. He couldn't do it, and Miami lost for the first time in 46 games in which it led after eight innings.

Georgia (42-23-1) advanced to a game against Stanford on Monday. Miami will try to stay alive when it meets Florida State in an elimination game, also Monday.

Stanford 16, Florida State 5

For eight innings, the atmosphere matched the action on the field.

An announced crowd of 20,039 was on edge as a dramatic home run in the eighth allowed Florida State to tie Stanford entering the final inning. But just like that, the tension was gone.

By the middle of the ninth, Rosenblatt Stadium looked like a ghost town. There was nothing to stick around for after Stanford (40-22-2) scored 11 runs in the top half to capture a 16-5 victory in the College World Series. The Seminoles (54-13) fall into the loser's bracket and will play an elimination game Monday against Miami.

"It was just one of those things where we were as excited as we could be when we tied the game up in the eighth inning," FSU Coach Mike Martin said. "Then, of course, the wheels came off. Let's don't say so much about the wheels. Let's give Stanford some credit."

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