College World Series
Sunday, March 1

OMAHA, Nebraska (Ticker) -- Mike Hyle allowed one run and six hits in six-plus innings and Will Startup earned his second save of the tournament as Georgia stayed alive in the College World Series with a 3-1 victory over Arizona.

Hyle (8-2), who walked two and struck out five, left after giving up a free pass to Richard Mercado to start the seventh. Startup surrendered an RBI double to John Hardy that pulled Arizona within 2-1, but allowed just one walk in the final two innings.

"I worked inside, worked outside, forced contact and my defense made the plays they had to make," Hyle said.

"He continues to step up and raise the bar in every game," Georgia coach David Perno said "He makes quality pitch after quality pitch. I just hope we can get him the ball one more time."

In two appearances here, Startup has yielded only one run and four hits in six innings. He also saved Georgia's 8-7 win over Arizona on Friday.

"I am ready when need be," Startup said. "This is the biggest stage in college baseball and as long as I'm not going to hurt my team I will be more than ready to go."

Marshall Szabo has a single, double and triple and scored two runs for the Bulldogs, who took a 2-0 lead in the third on RBI singles by Szabo and Joey Side.

Georgia (45-22) added an insurance run in the eighth as Szabo tripled and scored on Bobby Felmy's single in the eighth.

Kevin Guyett (6-8) took the loss, giving up two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

Arizona, making its first College World Series appearance since 1986, closed the season at 36-27-1.

"They (Georgia) pitched extremely well and that pretty much says it," Arizona coach Andy Lopez said. "That's the essence of it you better have some pitching depth coming through the losers' bracket.

The Bulldogs now need to beat Texas twice to advance to the best-of-three championship. The Longhorns beat Georgia, 9-3, on Sunday.

Georgia has reached the final four of the tournament for the first time since winning its only College World Series title in 1990.

Arizona's elimination leaves the Pac-10 Conference without a team in the final four for the first time since 1996.


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