Fordham 8, Arkansas 5 South Alabama 6, UCLA 4

WICHITA, Kan. -- Rob Fitzpatrick homered to snap a tie and Mike Yuro lined an RBI double in the 13th inning Friday night as Georgia Southern upset the defending NCAA champion Wichita State Shockers 4-2 in the NCAA Midwest Regional baseball tournament.

In other games, Fordham upset No. 1 seed Arkansas, 8-5, and South Alabama posted a 6-4 victory over UCLA in the first round of the double elimination tournament. The regional winner advances to the 44th College World Series in Omaha, Neb., June 1-9.


Fitzpatrick hit his 19th home run of the year to open the 13th inning and give Georgia Southern, 47-16 and the No. 5 seed, a 3-2 lead. Chad Sumner followed with a single and scored on Yuro's double off loser Jeff Williams, 3-3.

Wichita State, 44-18 and the No. 2 seed, tied it 2-2 on RBI singles by Jim Audley and Doug Mirabelli in the ninth inning.

Scott Ryder, 11-7, pitched the final four innings to pick up the victory. Williams allowed five hits in 2 2-3 innings of relief.

In the first game Friday, Kevin Secor homered and drove in four runs and Ray Montgomery drove in three runs as Fordham, 36-12, topped Arkansas, 47-14.


Fordham's Bob Alymer, 4-1, went 7 2-3 innings while giving up 14 hits and striking out one. Doug Bennett, 10-2, went three innings and gave up six runs and six hits for Arkansas.

Fordham, seeded sixth, scored five runs in the first inning and also received a homer run from Bill Champi.

In the second game, Robby Robertson homered and Mike Zimmerman pitched a complete game to lead South Alabama, 42-18. UCLA, the No. 4 seed, dropped to 39-25.

South Alabama's Zimmerman, 12-6, scattered eight hits and gave up only three earned runs while striking out 13. UCLA's Tim Lindsey, 9-7, gave up six runs in 6 2-3 innings. South Alabama, the No. 3 seed, scored four runs in the first and added two more in the seventh to close the scoring.

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