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GEORGIA PITCHER OPENS COLLEGE WORLD SERIES WITH SHUTOUT

Dave Fleming allowed four hits in shutting out Mississippi State for the second time this season, this time 3-0 Friday night in an opening-round College World Series game.

The shutout, the first in the CWS since Florida State's Chris Pollack beat Arizona State 3-0 in 1987, moved fourth-seeded Georgia (49-18) into a second-round game Sunday against top-seeded Stanford, a 5-4, 10-inning winner over Georgia Southern earlier Friday.Mississippi State (49-20), like Georgia a member of the Southeastern Conference, faces Georgia Southern in an elimination game on Sunday.

Fleming (12-5) faced one batter over the minumum through seven innings, thanks to three double plays. An error in the eighth and a two-out infield single in the ninth provided Mississippi State's other baserunners, but neither reached second.

Stanford 5, Georgia Southern 4, 10 innings

Stanford scored twice in the bottom of the 10th to beat Georgia Southern 5-4 in the opening game Friday.

Jeff Hammonds' sacrifice fly and Troy Paulsen's single drove in the winning runs for the Cardinal, who survived with some help from the umpires and Georgia Southern's six errors.

The biggest escape came in the sixth inning when third base umpire Randy Christal and second base umpire Ken Eldridge ruled an apparent two-run homer by Georgia Southern catcher Rob Fitzpatrick to be inside the park. That would have given the Eagles a 4-3 lead.