Georgia Baseball Summer News

ATHENS - University of Georgia pitchers Trevor Holder, Nathan Moreau, shortstop Gordon Beckham and first baseman Rich Poythress begin playoff action Friday in their respective summer leagues.

Holder and Beckham, both rising juniors, have led the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox to the best record in the Cape Cod League at 31-12. Holder, a 6-2, 193-pound native of Birmingham, Ala., has posted a 4-1 mark and 0.89 ERA in eight appearances. In 30.1 innings pitched, he has recorded 28 strikeouts and only eight walks. Beckham, a 6-0, 180-pound native of Atlanta, led the league with nine home runs and 35 RBI in the regular season to go with a .284 batting average in 42 games. Moreau, a 6-4, 214-pound native of Lilburn, is 0-1 in four starts with the Chatham A's who face the Red Sox in the first round. Division playoffs start Friday with the Championship series slated for Aug. 12-15.

The 6-4, 236-pound Poythress, a rising sophomore who hails from Grovetown, Ga., helped the Thomasville (N.C.) HiToms of the Coastal Plain League to a 39-16 record. He led the league with 49 RBI and 42 walks in the regular season and ranked second in home runs with 13. The CPL Tournament features eight teams and will conclude Sunday in Florence, S.C.

In related Bulldog baseball news this month, shortstop/pitcher Ryan Acosta became the third member of Georgia's incoming recruiting class to forego college for a professional career. Acosta, a 12th round pick of the Chicago Cubs, is the son of the late Oscar Acosta who was a former pitching coach of the Cubs. Earlier this summer, Georgia lost first round draft pick outfielder Ben Revere (Minnesota) and pitcher Isaiah Fronenberger, a fourth round pick of Colorado. The Bulldogs had a record eight signees drafted plus four members off the 2007 team (seniors Jonathan Wyatt and Adam McDaniel, junior Joshua Fields and redshirt sophomore Stephen Dodson). The deadline for Major League teams to sign draft picks is Aug. 15. Classes begin at UGA on Aug. 16.

Recently, Wyatt was named the Northwest League Offensive Player of the Week. A 13th round pick of the Cubs, Wyatt is off to a solid start for the Boise Hawks. Wyatt tallied 11 hits last week and had at least one hit in each of his six games. Currently, he has a 15-game hitting streak. Wyatt's .318 average and 56 hits rank among the league leaders plus he has hit four home runs and collected 29 RBI. McDaniel, a 19th-round pick of San Diego, began his professional career this summer too. He is 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA. Currently, he is playing in the Arizona Rookie League.


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