The Georgia Bulldogs (19-13, 6-9 Southeastern Conference) turned a bases-loaded

double play in the ninth inning on Sunday to preserve an 8-7 comeback victory

and take two out of three against No. 18 Tennessee (24-11, 7-8 SEC) before

1,776 at Foley Field in Athens, Ga.

Barry Fowler (3-2) fired four scoreless innings to claim the victory

in relief for Georgia. Tennessee loaded the bases in the final frame, but

a sharp ground ball hit by Kurt Keene deflected off of Fowler's right leg

to shortstop Travis Bailey, who stepped on second and fired to first for

the game-ending double play.

Tennessee jumped out to a three-run lead after the first and later led

7-4. The Bulldogs tied the game at seven with Mark Thornhill's three-run

homer in the bottom of the fifth off Volunteer reliever Clark Odom (4-2).

Kevin Hall then came through with the game-winning RBI, driving home Lance

Shannon with a single in the eighth.

Aaron Anthony led off the fourth inning with his ninth home run of the

season. Three batters later, Shannon followed with a two-run shot to right.

Tennessee began the final three frames with a leadoff double, but Fowler

and the Bulldogs held off the Vols each time.

The Vols are back in action today against Tennessee Tech in Cookeville

Vol golfers finish 18th

Tennessee saved its best round for the final round of the Carpet Capital

Collegiate Classic in Dalton, Ga., Sunday. However, a final round 304 proved

too little, too late to help the Vols. Tennessee finished with rounds of

311-313-304--928 to finish on the bottom of a talented 18-team field. The

18th-place finish and score of 928 were the worst of the year for the Vols.

The remaining squads found the Farm, par 72, 6,896 yards, tough, as well.

Only one team finished the tournament under the par.

Clemson ran away with the title as the Tigers won by a 10-stroke margin.

Clemson fired rounds of 285-286-284--855, nine-under par to claim the title.

Host Georgia Tech claimed runner-up honors with an 865. Houston finished

a distant third with an 877.

Individually, Lucas Glover of Clemson took the title in a playoff with

rounds of 69-71-72--212 to finish four-under par. Bryce Molder of Georgia

Tech placed second after losing the playoff with a 212. Alberto Ochoa of

Texas Christian took third with a 213.

Sophomore Derrick Centers and freshman Matt McWilliams served as co-leaders

for the Vols with scores of 230 to tie for 64th. Centers had rounds of 78,

74 and 78. McWilliams had rounds of 76, 79 and 75. Freshman Kariem Baraka

had the best round by a Vol Sunday with a final-round 74. Baraka finished

with rounds of 79-81-74--234 to tie for 72nd. Kevin Law placed 77th after

carding a 78-82-77--237. Phanthep Somsamart finished 87th with rounds of

81-79-82--242.

The Vols will travel to Saugahatchee Country Club in Opelika, Ala., Friday-Sunday

to compete in the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate.

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