Things going right for Diamond Dawgs

ATHENS – As Georgia's baseball team scuffled to a 30-25 record last year, nothing seemed to go right for the Bulldogs.

Fifteen games into the 2006 season, hardly anything can go wrong.

"There's no doubt about it," Coach David Perno said. "Not only have things gone better than expected, but you're getting surprises like Matt Robbins, that you were uncertain of. You need those types of boosts."

The No. 20 Bulldogs are 13-2 heading into their Southeastern Conference schedule, which begins at 7 p.m. today with the first of a three-game series against Alabama at Foley Field. Georgia has won six straight overall and is off to its best home start (12-0) in Foley Field history.

Senior catcher Jason Jacobs leads the team with a .429 batting average, and Robbins, a junior designated hitter who has never hit better than .283 in his career, is next at .422.

Slugging first baseman Josh Morris wasn't allowed to take any at-bats during the first two weeks of the season due to a back injury, but he's back in form with six home runs and an .878 slugging percentage.

Junior right-hander Brooks Brown (2-0, 2.62), who will start tonight against the Crimson Tide (14-6), has finally emerged into the No. 1 starter Georgia hoped he would be when they signed him.

"Brooks has been huge in filling that role," Perno said. "This team needed some identity in our pitching staff."

Even with things have gone poorly for Georgia -- as they did just once, in a 1-2 series loss to Southern Cal in Los Angeles – the Bulldogs have turned it into a positive.

"The best thing about that for this team is we didn't dwell on it. We pushed it behind us," Perno said. "It seemed like last year after we got beat we kind of spun our wheels a little bit. It's just been a lot of fun with this team."


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