August 28, 2002
Albany, Ga - The South Georgia Waves defeated the Charleston, SC RiverDogs 8-5 in a wild South Atlantic League affair at Paul Eames Sports Complex Wednesday night.
The Waves (31-33) rallied for five runs in the seventh inning and both managers were ejected in a back-and-forth affair.
The RiverDogs (28-36/60-73) saw their second lead of the night slip away when Franklin Gutierrez ripped a Brian Allen offering into center field to score two runs and give the Waves a 4-3 lead.
Trailing by a run entering the seventh, David Hawk (4-7) checked-in for Chad Gaudin and walked Julio Pacheco and hit Christian Herrera to open the frame.
Derek Mann then laid a bunt down the third base line that the home plate umpire ruled was touched by Hawk before rolling foul, setting-off a litany of tirades from the RiverDogs' bench.
Manager Buddy Biancalana was quickly ejected as the Waves set the table for the decisive rally.
Edwin Bellorin and Ryan Dacey added run-scoring hits in the inning off Allen, who played his high school ball in nearby Cairo, increased the margin to 7-3.
The win set-up Thursday's game as the rubber match in the final action of the season for the Waves at Paul Eames Park.
A fireworks festivity will highlight fan appreciation night in a game that Leigh Neuage (0-2) will start for South Georgia opposite Charleston, SC right-hander Brian Lockwood (4-6).