Cats fall in first round of College World Series

Georgia closer Will Startup got out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth and the Bulldogs held on for an 8-7 win over Arizona in the first game of the College World Series. Arizona will now have to travel through the losers' bracket if they hope to win their first national championship since 1986.

Startup, the MVP of the Athens Regional, was shaky in the eighth inning. He surrendered a double to Nick Hundley and a bloop single to pinch hitter John Hardy. Bret Boyer hit into a fielder's choice, but the Bulldogs failed to turn the double play allowing Hundley to cross the plate and get the Wildcats within one.

Startup did not settle down. He gave up a single to Trevor Crowe and walked Jeff van Houten before striking out Jordan Brown to end the inning.

The Georgia closer settled down, getting the Wildcats out in order in the bottom of the ninth.

The Wildcats pounded out 14 hits, but committed four costly errors. In fact it was a throwing error by the catcher Hundley that gave Georgia their insurance run in the bottom of the seventh.

Arizona struck first when Jason Donald singled home Jeff Van Houten in the top of the first, but Georgia responded with a one-run first of their own.

The Bulldogs continued their hot bats in the second plating two runs. The Bulldogs took advantage of a throwing error on a bunt that let Bobby Felmy score from first. Two batters later Justin Holmes singled in Jason Jacobs.

The Wildcats struck in the fourth and it looked like they would take control of the game. They scored five runs on six hits when nine Wildcats came to the plate.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, the Bulldogs batted around themselves and a four run bottom of the fourth gave them the lead for good.

Koley Kolberg took the loss for the Wildcats. He drops to 9-7 on the year.

The Wildcats will play the loser of the Texas/Arkansas game on Sunday. 9-0 John Meloan will take the hill in an attempt to keep the Wildcats alive.

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