OMAHA, JUNE 6 -- Freshman Brian Sackinsky turned a surprise start into a sparkling performance as he shut down fourth-seeded Georgia tonight, keeping top-seeded Stanford alive in the College World Series with a 4-2 victory.
The victory means Stanford (59-11) will face Georgia (50-19) again on Friday in the double-elimination tournament. Georgia handed Stanford its loss, 16-2.
Sackinsky, who already got a CWS win by working one inning in the Cardinal's victory over Georgia Southern, started for all-American Stan Spencer. Spencer went nine innings in the Georgia Southern game and was unable to throw today because of recurring problems with a muscle strain in his rib area.
Sackinsky (10-1) didn't fair well against Georgia in his previous outing, allowing four hits and five runs, four earned, in one-third of an inning.
Tonight Georgia greeted him just like they left him, scoring twice in the first. McKay Smith singled and eventually scored on catcher Troy Tallman's throwing error. Brian Jester hit an RBI groundout.
Stanford scored in the fourth off Dave Fleming (12-6) on Troy Paulsen's RBI double. In the seventh, Mike Eicher's RBI infield hit preceded Jeff Hammond's two-run single that won it.
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Sackinsky and Tallman; Fleming and Childers. W: Sackinsky, 10-1. L: Fleming, 12-6. A: 16,109.