May I Lead?

Left fielder Jonathan Wyatt has batted a few different places throughout his Bulldog career, but it seems like he has found his calling when last week he was switched to the leadoff spot. The Junior from Kennesaw is 12 for 23 since moving to leadoff. The team is also 5-1 since then. After a 3 for 5 night, including hitting his 2nd HR of the season, Wyatt increased his average to .353. He also owns a career-best 12-game hit streak. After Friday's 8-4 win vs South Carolina, Wyatt talked to me.

Dave McMahon -- You are have been the leadoff hitter for the Dawgs over the last few games... any added responsibilities?

Jonathan Wyatt -- My first at-bat I have to be patient and take a few pitches so the rest of the team can see what he throws.

DM -- You hit your 4th career home run tonight, 2nd this season, what was the pitch and what were you thinking when you were rounding the bases?

JW -- It was right over the plate... it was a fastball, but not his hard fastball. It felt real good... I was excited since it was my first home run at Foley Field. All of my homers were on the road, so it was great doing it for the home fans.

DM -- The Dawgs have been scoring a lot of runs early in games and usually that is translating into wins... how important is it to score early?

JW -- I think it is very important. I think the way Joey Side and I have been hitting one of us should score early. I think it is important to our pitchers, too. The early leads help them relax more.

DM -- How important are these Friday wins in the SEC games?

JW -- It is important, but so is tomorrow's game... we win tomorrow and we win the series and we go over .500 in the SEC's.

DM -- For some strange reason, the Dawgs have done very well on the road in conference, but has struggled against at home in conference... how big is it that you won tonight at home?

JW -- It is important that we got the crowd back. We needed a win tonight for us and for them.

DM -- Thank you and good luck in the rest of the series.

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