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    Baseball drops weekend opener to Georgia

    The offensive magic the Arizona baseball team has shown in its previous three games could not trick No. 12 Georgia Friday night at Frank Sancet Stadium.

    The Wildcats (4-2) managed to push only five runs across on nine hits in an 11-5 loss to the Bulldogs.

    Meanwhile, Georgia (6-0) showed off its impressive bats by pummeling Arizona pitching for 13 hits including four extra base hits.

    “”Obviously, we didn’t play very good tonight,”” said UA head coach Andy Lopez. “”We didn’t get a really good starting performance. We didn’t get a good bullpen performance and that really didn’t give our offense a chance to really get going.””

    It was far from an ideal night for UA starting pitcher Preston Guilmet. The senior started the game by allowing a lead-off base hit followed by a walk. Both base runners scored before the inning came to a close.

    Guilmet settled down through the next three innings before getting into trouble again in the fifth when he gave up three more earned runs before being chased from the game after 4 1/3 innings and four strikeouts.

    “”There was really no excuse,”” Guilmet said of his performance. “”I just pitched (terribly). Luckily we got the rest of the season ahead of us because I need to be better.””

    The Wildcats battled at the plate through the first five innings. Arizona answered Georgia’s two-run first inning with a run of its own in the bottom of the frame followed by a game-tying home run by left fielder Bobby Coyle.

    Arizona added another pair of runs in the fifth inning as Coyle knocked in his second RBI of the night en route to a 3-5 effort at the plate.

    But despite the effort from Coyle and the other hitters at the top of the Wildcats’ lineup, Arizona failed to put together many consistent innings as the lineup fell short of double digit runs for the first time in three games.

    “”I wasn’t really all that concerned about our offense,”” Lopez said. “”If you can get five runs out of your offense on a Friday night you should feel pretty good.

    “”Personally I think our pitching just didn’t do a very good job tonight,”” Lopez said, “”and that was what really cost us.””

    The Wildcats and Bulldogs will face off in game two Saturday night at 6. Sophomore Matt Veltmann (0-1) is the expected starting pitcher for Arizona and will go up against Georgia southpaw Alex McRee (1-0).

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