HOOVER, Ala. - Sixth-seeded Georgia heads into the weekend the SEC Tournament as one of two unbeaten teams after a 2-1, 10th-inning win against Arkansas on Thursday.
That gives the Bulldogs (37-20) a day off, as they'll play in Saturday's second game. So will the winner of Thursday's late game between Vanderbilt at South Carolina.
On Thursday, Joey Lewis hit a sharp grounder down the third-base line to bring home Matt Cerione in the bottom of the 10th inning.
amp"No one deserved to lose," Georgia coach David Perno said.
Georgia broke a scoreless tie in the sixth with back-to-back doubles from Rich Poythress and Bryce Massanari, giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
Georgia's Trevor Holder retired the Razorbacks in order in six of the first eight innings and allowed only one runner to reach second base.
Arkansas (33-21) opened the ninth with consecutive singles, and then Andy Wilkins hit a sacrifice fly off reliever Dean Weaver that scored Chase Leavitt from third to tie the game.
LSU 9, Alabama 6
n Pinch-hitter Derek Helenihi hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to lift top-seeded LSU to a 9-6 victory over Alabama Thursday in an elimination game of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Anthony Ranaudo pitched into the eighth for the Tigers (42-16), who will need to beat either South Carolina or Vanderbilt Friday to keep hopes for a repeat tournament title alive.
The Tide (37-19) scored three runs in the final two innings but left the bases loaded in the eighth and two men on in the ninth against relievers Buzzy Haydel and Matty Ott.
Ryan Schimpf had three hits and scored twice for LSU. Helenihi's homer gace the Tigers a 9-3 lead after he pinch-hit for Leon Landry.
Kent Matthes had an RBI double for the Crimson Tide, which went two-and-out in the tournament.
n In Baton Rouge, La., Jackson State trailed 6-1 after three innings but roared back for a 17-7 win against Alabama Aamp&M.
Jerome Tyes, a senior from Baldwyn, went 3-for-6 and drove in a pair of runs for the Tigers (35-20), who play today at noon.