Busy Week Ahead for Georgia Baseball

ATHENS - A look at the week ahead for the baseball Bulldogs.

Georgia Baseball (5-5)

*Schedule This Week: 5 Road games
Tues. at Florida State, 6:06 pm ET (Sunshine-TV)
Wed. at Florida State, 4 pm ET
Fri. at Arkansas, 7:35 pm ET
Sat. at Arkansas, 1:05 pm ET
Sun. at Arkansas, 1:05 pm ET
*All games broadcast on 960 AM

Last Week (3-1 at home)
March 5 defeated Jacksonville State 19-1
March 7 defeated Memphis 8-1
March 8 defeated Memphis 8-2
March 9 lost to Memphis 7-6

Georgia Notes

Georgia stands at 5-5 this season after going 3-1 this past week, winning its first series of the year. The Bulldogs enjoyed their first week against unranked opponents after opening up the season with top-ranked Arizona and two-time defending national champion Oregon State in Portland. The Bulldogs are hitting .329 with a 3.48 ERA and fielding .964. Georgia's top starting rotation of Trevor Holder (2-1, 2.70 ERA), Stephen Dodson (2-1, 2.65 ERA) and Nathan Moreau (0-0, 2.20 ERA) are a combined 4-2 with a 2.52 ERA this year. All-America closer senior Joshua Fields has not allowed a run and only one hit in five total appearances covering 4.1 innings with two walks and 11 strikeouts. Offensively, Georgia has been led by junior preseason All-America shortstop Gordon Beckham (.543-6-12) and sophomore first baseman Rich Poythress (462-4-13). Beckham has a career-best 13-game hitting streak dating back to last season while Poythress has hit safely in nine straight. Beckham batted .579 last week, going 11-for-19 with seven runs scored, three home runs and eight RBI. Freshman left fielder Lyle Allen (.320-0-6) had his best week, hitting .454 with five RBI.

Series Preview: FSU and Arkansas

Georgia travels to nationally ranked Florida State (12-0, 3-0 ACC) this week for the first time since 1987 when the Bulldogs won a pair of one-run games (6-5 and 4-3). FSU leads the overall series 26-21 in records dating back to 1951. However, the Bulldogs and Seminoles last clashed in 2006 in Athens during an NCAA Regional. Georgia came out of the loser's bracket to defeat FSU twice to win it. In the first regional meeting, FSU won 6-4 and then the Bulldogs rallied back with 7-1 and 3-2 victories. The teams also met in 2001 for the NCAA Athens Super Regional title, and the Bulldogs advanced to the College World Series after winning that two games to one.

Georgia's probable rotation for the FSU series will be sophomore right-hander Dean Weaver (0-1, 6.23 ERA) and freshman right-hander Justin Grimm (0-0, 3.00 ERA).

Georgia will leave Tallahassee and then fly to Fayetteville, Ark., for the start of Southeastern Conference play against nationally ranked Arkansas (11-1). The Razorbacks hold an 18-12 edge in the series, but the Bulldogs won the series 2-1 in their last visit to Baum Stadium in 2006. Arkansas won the series last year in Athens 2-1. The Razorbacks have a two-game midweek series at nationally ranked Arizona State. Georgia will likely go with its same pitching rotation of the first three weekend series featuring Holder, Dodson and Moreau.

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