Next weekend, Georgia hosts the No. 15 University of San Diego, which swept defendingnational champion Texas earlier this season. There's also a three-game series against No. 25 Southern California in Los Angeles, two games against No. 1 Clemson and three games against No. 3 Georgia Tech to look forward to.
And that's just the Bulldogs' non-conference schedule. Seven SEC teams are ranked in Baseball America's Top 25 this season. According to www.sebaseball.com, a Web site run by Southeastern Baseball, it all adds up too the hardest path anybody in the country will travel this season.
"I think we're definitely up for the task," Perno said after Friday's win. "We're looking at it as an opportunity. We're under the radar this year. We've got nothing to lose, and we're going to let it fly and see what happens.
"Josh Fields needs to continue to do that," Perno said.
Top newcomers Gordon Beckham, a freshman shortstop from Atlanta, and Ryan Peisel, a sophomore transfer from East Carolina, made their first career starts against the Spartans. Peisel was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Beckham was 0-for-4.
First baseman Josh Morris, the team's top home run threat, missed Friday's game and is expected to miss the series, due to a back injury.
"This has been a great team to be around," Perno said. "It's a great team to coach, tremendous assistant coaches. If you're going to go through a schedule like we've got, there's nobody I'd rather do it with."