ATLANTA — Brandon Thomas and Daniel Palka homered in a five-run second inning, Jed Bradley pitched into the eighth and Georgia Tech beat Southern Mississippi 6-2 Saturday in the Atlanta Regional.
Expected to be a first-round pick in next week's major league draft, Bradley (7-3) allowed eight hits and two runs with one walk and four strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings for Georgia Tech (41-20).
Southern Miss (39-19) ended the season having scored two runs in its final 34 innings.
Palka's 11th homer, Sam Dove's RBI single and Thomas' third homer, a three-run shot, made it 5-0 in the second.
Josh Thomason (2-3) gave up four hits, four runs and struck out one in 1 1-3 innings for Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles' streak of consecutive scoreless innings ended at 32 on B.A. Vollmuth's RBI groundout in the eighth.
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Levi Hyams led off the game with a homer and Brett DeLoach hit a three-run shot in the fifth inning to help Georgia beat Arkansas-Little Rock 7-3 on Saturday in an elimination game in the NCAA Corvallis Regional.
Georgia (32-31) advanced to a Sunday game against the Oregon State-Creighton loser Saturday night.
Georgia starting pitcher Alex Wood (6-7) said Hyams' homer was a good sign for his team, coming off a 2-1 loss to Creighton on Friday.
"I definitely had a little weight lifted off my shoulders," Wood said. "I knew we would score some runs today. It was a weight off of me, I think a weight off of everybody."
DeLoach's homer made it 5-0, but Arkansas-Little Rock (24-34) came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
Georgia answered with two runs in the sixth to go back ahead by four runs. Both runs came with two outs, the first on a passed ball and the second on a throwing error.
"We've had a lot of losses. We've had to bounce back a ton. We're accustomed to it," Georgia coach David Perno said. "I thought the only piece we missed (Friday) was offensive pressure. We did a much better job from that standpoint today."