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GEORGIA EDGES OKLAHOMA ST. FOR NATIONAL BASEBALL CROWN

Freshman Stan Payne, a surprise starter, and ace Dave Fleming combined for a five-hitter, pitching Georgia to a 2-1 victory over Oklahoma State in the College World Series title game, as the Bulldogs won their first national championship.

The loss made Oklahoma State a loser in the title game for a record fifth time.The Bulldogs (52-19) became the first team from Georgia or the Southeastern Conference to win the College World Series. Two SEC teams - Alabama in 1983 and Tennessee in 1951 - lost in the finals.

Oklahoma State (56-17) entered the championship game having outscored opponents 35-8 in three College World Series wins and hitting .390.

Payne, a left-hander, limited the Cowboys to four hits in six innings. Fleming allowed one hit over the final three innings, dropping Oklahoma State's batting average to .349, still a tournament record. The previous record was .347 by Arizona State's 1977 national champions.

Payne (7-1) blanked the Cowboys through the first three innings with the help of two double plays.

The Bulldogs loaded the bases with none out in the fourth when Jeff Cooper walked, J.R. Showalter blooped a single to right-center and Brian Jester was hit by a Dennis Burbank pitch. Bruce Chick's sacrifice fly drove in Cooper, but Burbank (10-2) struck out Doug Radziewicz and got Ray Suplee to ground out, ending the inning.

Georgia scored what turned out to be the winning run in the fifth when Terry Childers singled and went to third on McKay Smith's double. Cooper's single between third and short knocked in Childers, before Showalter grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Oklahoma State scored its only run in the sixth when Mitchel Simons and Brad Beanblossom singled and Michael Daniel hit a sacrifice fly.

Georgia's only previous appearance in the College World Series came in 1987, when the Bulldogs lost their first two games.