Strong pitching lifts South Carolina over Georgia

sports@macon.comAugust 2, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- South Carolina received a dominating starting pitching performance and outlasted Georgia 3-2 on Friday night in Pool A action at the Little League Baseball Southeastern Regional Tournament.

South Carolina starter Corey Jenkins left the game after 5-1/3 innings due to pitch count, but he exited with a no-hitter intact and nine strikeouts.

“I did a great job, but I couldn’t do it without my teammates,” Jenkins said. “They played excellent behind me. My curveball was really good, and I was able to throw it off of my fastball.”

Georgia broke up the no-hitter on the first pitch Austin Hicks saw after Jenkins was relieved, and Hicks later scored to cut South Carolina’s lead to one.

It proved to be too late as South Carolina’s Jackson Wilder retired the next two hitters in order to earn the save.

“It’s just one game, and hopefully we’ll come back (Saturday) and play better,” Georgia manager Randy Morris said. “We don’t see a lot of left-handers, and I’m certainly not making excuses, but we just didn’t get the job done. (Jenkins) hit his spots and was able to keep us off balance.”

If there is one positive Georgia can take away from the game, it saved the majority of its pitching staff. Four Georgia hurlers toed the mound in the contest.

“We’re OK on our pitching, and like I said, that’s just one game in,” Morris said. “If my kids do what I think they will, they’ll respond.”

Georgia will square off Saturday against North Carolina at 7 p.m. North Carolina lost a 4-3 heartbreaker in 10 innings to Florida in the opening game of the tournament. Florida will face South Carolina for control of Pool A at 1 p.m.

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