Arizona Falls To Georgia 8-7 In Game One Of College World Series

June 18, 2004

Associated Press Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Joey Side hit a two-run single that capped a four-runfourth inning and Will Startup pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighthto give Georgia an 8-7 victory over Arizona in the College World Series onFriday.

The Bulldogs (44-21) advance to play Sunday against the winner of Friday'slate matchup of Arkansas and Texas. Arizona (35-26-1) plays the Arkansas-Texasloser on Sunday.

Side drove in the go-ahead runs as Georgia turned a 6-3 deficit into a 7-6lead.

The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the seventh when Jason Jacobs scoredfrom third after Arizona catcher Nick Hundley threw into center field trying topick off Jonathan Wyatt at second base.

Startup, the All-Southeastern Conference closer, came on in the seventh andstruck out the side.

He ran into trouble in the eighth. Arizona made it 8-7 when Brad Boyer beatout a potential double-play grounder, allowing Hundley to score. Trevor Crowethen singled and Jeff Van Houten walked to load the bases.

Startup ran the count to 3-2 against Jordan Brown before Brown struck outswinging at a fastball.

Startup pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 11th save.

Johnny Dobbs (6-2) gave up two hits and no runs in 2 2-3 innings afterArizona had rocked Georgia starter Paul Lubrano for six runs on nine hits thefirst 3 1-3 innings.

Arizona starter Koley Kolberg (9-7) gave up 12 hits and eight runs, sixearned, in 6 2-3 innings.

Georgia batted around in the fourth inning.

Josh Smith hit a bases-loaded, two-run single to pull the Bulldogs to 6-5,and then Side gave Georgia the lead with his single.

Arizona had gone up 6-3 in the top of the fourth, batting around and scoringfive times on six hits.

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