Perno: Dawgs must hit against Tigers

HOOVER – Georgia and LSU, both the higher seeds in the SEC tournament, lost their opening games and will face each other tomorrow morning. The loser goes home and awaits their fate at hosting a NCAA regional game.

LSU beat Georgia 2 games to 1 in Baton Rouge earlier this season. But the Georgia team that lost to LSU is a thing of the past. The Bulldogs used their Sunday win against the Tigers to catapult themselves to the SEC title.

"Tomorrow is like the start of a SEC weekend," said Georgia coach David Perno.

Perno will start his usual Friday starter Sean Ruthven against the Tigers. Ruthven was dealt his first loss of the season against LSU earlier this year. Perno says, however, that it is not all up to Ruthven to get the Dawgs over the hump.

"We have got to get better hitting than we did today," he said.

LSU has made a habit lately of losing the first game of a series and winning the final two. Perno says that he hopes that his team can reverse that trend tomorrow morning.

"The odds are against us. But we haven't lost two games in a row in a long time. You never know what you are going to get," he said.

"I think that you will see better tomorrow," said Perno.

Should the Bulldogs beat LSU they will take on the winner of the Florida-Vanderbilt game on Friday at 4 PM central.

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