More on Georgia vs South Carolina
Georgia's offensive numbers so far in the SEC Tournament are pretty impressive. (mostly thanks to the 22-hit performance vs Kentucky) 5 Bulldogs have 3 hits in the tournament so far and 3 Bulldogs have 4 hits. Leading the way are Jonathan Wyatt, Jason Jacobs and Matthew Dunn. Jacobs also has 5 runs scored and Dunn has a nice balance of 3 runs scored and 3 runs batted in. Gordon Beckham has led the Dawgs with 4 runs batted in. One thing missing in the bats has been power. Georgia has 0 home runs and just 5 extra base hits in the 2 games. But I will take a Bulldog win no matter how they do it.
Speaking of Beckham and his 4 RBI, the freshman shortstop had 0 rbi in the 3 games earlier this year vs South Carolina. But he did go 7-for-12 with 5 runs scored. Other Georgia stars included Ryan Peisel going 5-for-11, Joey Side going 6-for-14 and Bobby Felmy going 4-for-11. One shocking thing in the series is that the Bulldogs hit 3 home runs in the series and that Wyatt and Dunn are two of the players that hit them. Wyatt has just 4 home runs in his career and Dunn has just 3. In case you were wondering Side hit the other, he has 22 in his career.
Pitching for Georgia, should be Nathan Moreau. The Freshman is 7-1 this season and is currently tied for 2nd in Georgia history for most wins by a freshman pitcher. Derek Lilliquist holds the record with 8 in 1985. Moreau pitched very good against the Gamecocks this year. He went 8+ innings allowing just 3 runs. All 3 runs came in the 9th inning. For his efforts Moreau won the SEC Freshman of the Week that week. In his 10 starts this season, the Bulldogs have won 9 of them. In his last start he had a no decision vs Kentucky.
Pitching for South Carolina should be Harris Honeycutt. The sophomore right-hander did not face the Bulldogs this season. He is 5-0 with a 3.21 ERA in 2006. He has made just 9 starts this season, but in his last one, he went a career-high 8 innings and allowed just 3 runs in a victory of Vanderbilt.
South Carolina is still without their best hitter as Michael Campbell injured his right hand earlier this month on a hit-by-pitch vs Vandy. The Gamecocks still have a great lineup that features great power hitters like Justin Smoak and Robbie Grinestaff. Both players have 15 homers on the season and 2 of Smoak's came against the Bulldogs at Foley Field. Other Gamecocks that did well against the Dawgs include Chris Brown who went 6-for-12 and Andrew Crisp who went 4-for-14.
Georgia is 1-1 vs South Carolina in the SEC Tournament. Their last meeting in the tourney was a 10-2 loss in 2001. After that loss, Georgia won 6 out of the next 8 games and advanced to the College World Series. I rather the Dawgs win today and advance to the College World Series.
So far I did not mention, that the Gators did not qualify for the SEC Tournament this year and I think that is pretty funny.
So cheer on the Dawgs and let's hope their bats are still alive as they take on the Gamecocks at 4:00 pm et.
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