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Georgia Game Two
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/23/2008
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????????????ATHENS, Ga. ?C?C.J Ziegler, Dillon Baird and T.J. Steele all hit home runs and the pitching trio of David Coulon, Eric Berger and Jason Stoffel teamed up to limit Georgia (1-1) to just one run on eight hits, as top-ranked Arizona (1-1) evened its three game series 1-1 with a 7-1 victory at Foley Field on Saturday.

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????????????ˇ?It was nice to see us bounce back after last night,ˇ± head coach Andy Lopez said. ˇ?We played much better today than we did in the opener, and Coulon, Berger and Stoffel really pitched well to keep us in a tight game until the offense could get going.ˇ±

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????????????Ziegler put the Cats on the board with a two-out solo blast in the first, his second four-bagger of the year, to stake the Wildcats to an early 1-0 edge.

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Baird answered a game-tying solo homer by UGAˇ?s Gordon Beckham in the bottom of the third with a solo shot of his own in the top of the fourth to put the Cats back on top, 2-1.

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The Wildcats then broke the game open with four runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to win going away. Junior Jon Gaston ignited the eighth-inning rally when he scored from second on a two-out infield single by classmate Brad Glenn. The outfielder raced around third and knocked the throw from shortstop Beckham away from UGA catcher Joey Lewis to put UA up 3-1.

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Steele, who entered his final AB of the game on Saturday 0 for 7 with five strikeouts in the series, followed Glenn with a three-run blast over the right-center field wall to push the lead to five at 6-1.

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Gaston, who finished the game 2 for 5, tacked on the final run in the ninth with a double down the right field line that plated pinch hitter Mike Weldon from third.

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Meanwhile, southpaw Coulon (1-0) dominated the Bulldog lineup on the mound right from the start, striking out eight and limiting them to just the one run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings pitched for the victory. The senior recorded eight of the first 12 outs in the game via the K, punching out a pair in each of the first four frames.

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Berger, who last pitched against Cal State Fullerton on March 17, 2006, before missing the rest of that season and the entire 2007 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery, made his first appearance of the year in relief of Coulon in the sixth with the tying run at third and one out.

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The lefty sandwiched punchouts of Joshua Field and Bryce Massanari around a walk to strand the runner at third and preserve the one-run edge. He worked another 2/3 of an inning in the seventh, recording his third strikeout of the game, before being forced to leave after getting struck on the pitching hand on a come-backer that placed runners on the corners with two down.

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Stoffel entered and retired clean up hitter Rich Poythress on a fly out to center to quash the threat and end the inning. The sophomore right-hander proceeded to work a scoreless eighth and ninth to record his first save of the year. He finished with two Ks and walk in his first appearance of the year.

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Arizona and Georgia will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. MST. Right-hander Ryan Perry is the scheduled starter for the Wildcats.

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