Arizona tops Georgia 9-8

ATHENS - Top-ranked Arizona held on for a 9-8 win over Georgia Sunday in front of a Foley Field crowd of 2,452 and win the series two games to one.

"It was the fastest six innings followed by the longest three innings today," said Georgia coach David Perno."

Bolstered by six shutout innings from junior Nathan Moreau, Georgia (1-2) carried a 4-0 lead to the seventh until Arizona (2-1) erupted for five runs off the Georgia bullpen. Up to that point, junior left-hander Nathan Moreau had blanked the Wildcats on three hits (two which were bunt singles) with a walk and three strikeouts.

Sophomore Ryan Woolley started the frame and was followed by Stephen Ochs and Stephen Brock. The big hit came from first baseman C.J. Ziegler as his three-run double pushed the Wildcats in front 5-4. Then, Arizona added four more runs in the eighth off Brock and Will Harvil to build a 9-4 advantage. Pinch-hitter Diallo Fon's three-run home run keyed this outburst. The top of the eighth inning ended when Jon Gaston was called out at home and ejected for attempting to collide with catcher Bryce Massanari who was a few steps in the front of the plate towards the pitcher's mound. The play began when Gaston stole second and was trying to score on a throw that sailed in to centerfield before being relayed back in, and he never touched home plate. Earlier in the contest, there was a collision at home plate involving Bulldog freshman left fielder Lyle Allen as he scored to make it 2-0. He went 2-for-5 in his first career start.

In two career starts against a team ranked number one, Moreau has pitched 13 scoreless innings with two walks and 11 strikeouts. Last year, Moreau pitched seven scoreless inning in a 7-0 win over Vanderbilt. However on Sunday against the Wildcats, he got a no decision.

In the ninth, Georgia got a leadoff home run from Ryan Peisel (2-5, 3 RBI), a two-run blast from Rich Poythress (4-for-4, 2 RBI), and a pinch-hit run-scoring single from Joey Lewis before the rally fell short."

"I was excited we rallied back, we needed that and showed some toughness," Perno added. "Nathan Moreau pitched great. Overall, Arizona is very talented and we came up a little short."

Arizona reliever Mike Colla got the win while Jason Stoeffel picked up his second save and Ochs fell to 0-1. Colla scattered two runs on five hits over 2.2 innings in relief of Ryan Perry.

Up next, The Bulldogs face the Atlanta Braves in an exhibition Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., at 1:05 p.m. Then, Georgia heads to Portland, Ore., for a three-game series with two-time defending national champion Oregon State starting Friday at 9 p.m. ET.

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