Big 1st puts Horns past Dawgs

OMAHA – Texas used a 5 run 1st inning to power past Georgia 9-3 in the College World Series.

The Bulldogs never cut the Longhorn deficit below three runs after the top seed took the 5-0 lead to start the game. Texas batted around in the opening frame and used a balk and a wild pitch to supplement their four hits in the inning.

"The 1st inning is when your pitcher is the most vulnerable," said Georgia Head Coach David Perno of the early deficit. "You can't climb uphill against a team like that," he added.

Georgia starting pitcher Sean Ruthven said that he was not able to keep the ball out of Texas' hitting zone and that the fatal mistake.

"Other than the first inning I actually pitched," said Ruthven. "Not being able to keep the ball down was very frustrating. If you are up in the zone (Texas) will make you pay," he said.

Georgia answered in their half of the 1st with one run but it was too late for the Dawgs.

"It was a big blow," said Perno of the Longhorns' big inning. The Dawgs tried their best to come back but it was not to be.

"We felt like we could battle back all game long," said Georgia first baseman Josh Morris. But even when Georgia scored 2 runs in the 5th to cut the lead to 6-3, Texas answered with 2 runs of their own in the 6th to put the game out of reach for good.

The Horns added one more run in the 8th to make the final 9-3.

Georgia now faces Arizona on Tuesday. The game will be a rematch of Game 1 of the CWS. The Wildcats dismissed Arkansas earlier today.

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