Bulldogs Eliminate Arizona, 3-1
June 22, 2004
OMAHA, Neb. - Michael Hyle pitched six shutout innings, and Marshall Szabo had three hits- including a triple and double in Georgia's 3-1 victory over Arizona on Tuesday.
Now the Bulldogs (45-22) get Texas in the Bracket One final.
'We can't even enjoy this for a little bit, huh?' Georgia coach DavidPerno said. 'I guess that's where we have to go next.'
The Bulldogs lost 9-3 to Texas on Sunday.
'We're better than we showed Sunday night, and our players want a shot togo out and prove it,' Perno said.
Arizona (36-27-1) went 1-2 in its first CWS appearance since 1986, losingtwice to Georgia.
Hyle (8-2) scattered six hits, walked two and struck out five before leavingin the seventh inning. Will Startup earned his 12th save of the season andsecond of the CWS.
Startup retired five in a row, striking out three. The All-SoutheasternConference closer has allowed four hits and one run in six innings of CWS work,and he said he's ready to pitch some more on short rest.
'This is the biggest stage in college baseball, so there's no question I'llbe ready to go,' he said.
Kevin Guyette (6-8) gave up two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Georgia scored twice in the third when Szabo drove in a run and then camehome on Joey Side's single. The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the eighthwhen Szabo tripled and then scored on Bobby Felmy's two-out single.
Arizona got only one runner past second base in the first six innings.
The Wildcats broke through in the seventh against Startup. He bounced backto retire the final five batters, striking out three.