Bulldogs Complete Sweep With 10-5 Win
March 1, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – The No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs completed a three-game sweep of host Arizona on Sunday afternoon with a 10-5 victory at Jerry Kindall Field.
As was the theme all series long, the Bulldogs scored early and often, posting two runs in the first and five more in the second to jump out to a 7-0 lead, one they would not relinquish.
Johnathan Taylor was once again the table-setter, singling to centerfield to leadoff the game against UA starter Donn Roach. Matt Cerione followed with a single to left field, and Colby May bunted the runners to second and third with one out.
Rich Poythress put the Bulldogs on the board with an RBI groundout and Bryce Massanari reached on a fielding error by third baseman Jett Bandy, which brought in the second run of the opening frame.
In the second inning, Roach, who suffered his first loss of the season in three starts, allowed the first three batters to reach base. With the bases loaded, Cerione doubled to left center brigning all three runners home and extending the lead to 5-0 with no outs in the second.
Massanari and catcher Joey Lewis added run-scoring hits later inning to set the score at 7-0.
The Wildcats were able to cut into the deficit with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Brad Glenn led off the frame with a single, then advanced to second on a wild pitch in the dirt and was able to reach third as the throw to second by Lewis bounced into centerfield.
Steve Selsky reached on a walk, putting runners at the corners with no outs. Designated hitter Matt Presley brought Glenn in to score with a RBI ground out, and Mike Weldon hit a single to right to bring Selsky home later in the inning.
But Georgia wasn’t finished scoring. The Bulldogs added two more runs in the top of the third to re-extend the lead to a seven run margin at 9-2.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcats added two more runs. Selsky reached base to start the inning after he struckout swinging, but was able to reach first base as the pitch was wild and got away from Lewis. He later came home to score on another RBI groundout by Presley.
With two outs and the bases empty, Weldon doubled to right field to keep the rally going. Hunter Pace drove in Weldon with a single to left and the Wildcats trailed 9-5.
That would be all the closer Arizona could get. The Georgia bullpen shut out the Wildcats over the final five innings. Michael Palazzone earned the win in relief of starter Justin Grimm, who lasted four innings and allowed five runs.
Palazzone teamed up with Dean Weaver to toss five scoreless innings of relief, limiting the Wildcats to only two hits the rest of the game.
Arizona’s bullpen matched the Bulldogs’ effort, allowing only one run over the final six innings. Bryce Bandilla relieved Roach in the third and allowed two runs on four hits in 3.1 innings of work.
Arizona will return to action for a two-game, mid-week series against Holy Cross starting on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Jerry Kindall Field.
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