2008/04/14 - This Week in Georgia Baseball

ATHENS - A look at Georgia's baseball slate for this week.

Georgia Baseball (23-12 overall, 12-3 SEC-1st place)

Schedule This Week: 5 games

National Polls: Released Monday, last week Georgia ranked as high as 11th

Tues. vs. E. Tenn. State, 5 pm (Foley Field)
Wed. vs. Ga. State, 6 p.m. (Foley Field)
Fri. @ LSU, 8 pm ET
Sat. @ LSU, 4 pm ET
Sun. @ LSU, 1 pm ET (Jumbo Sports Network)

Last Week (3-2) April 8 lost to Winthrop 5-1 in Athens
April 9 lost at #10 Ga. Tech 9-4
April 11 beat #9 Kentucky 3-2 in Athens
April 12 beat #9 Kentucky 13-4 in Athens
April 13 beat #9 Kentucky 6-4 in Athens

Team Notes:
*Georgia (23-12) holds a three-game lead in the SEC with a 12-3 mark including an eight-game SEC winning streak. The Bulldogs have posted back-to-back sweeps of #9 South Carolina and #9 Kentucky. The 12-3 SEC mark is the best league start for a Georgia team since the 1990 national championship squad went 12-3. That squad ended up second in the SEC with an 18-9 record. In 2006, Georgia went 12-3 in the second half of the SEC season and finished 18-9, good for second place in the league.

*After playing one of the nation's toughest pre-SEC schedules, the Bulldogs are now 13-7 against top 25 teams this year. The 13 wins leads the SEC. Head coach David Perno has always played a difficult non-conference schedule to prepare his squad for the rigors of league action.

*The Georgia bullpen pitched 40 consecutive SEC innings with allowing an earned run, a span of 12 games, until this past Sunday when Kentucky scored an earned run on a sacrifice fly off of Bulldog sophomore Alex McRee (5-1, 3.58 ERA). All-America closer Joshua Fields (1-1, 0.00 ERA, 10 SV) has not given up an earned run this year and only one unearned run overall.

*Georgia leads the SEC with a 2.71 ERA in league action while its .269 batting average ranks 10th. LSU, this week's SEC foe, ranks last in SEC batting at .257 and sixth in ERA at 4.87. Overall, Georgia is batting .295 as a team compared to .293 for LSU while the Bulldog pitching staff has an ERA of 3.61 while the Tigers are at 3.96.

*Georgia's starting rotation is anchored by junior Trevor Holder (4-2, 2.06 ERA). He leads all SEC starters with a 1.72 ERA in SEC action. On Friday, he beat #9 Kentucky 3-2 with a career-high nine strikeouts, marking his second straight start he pitched seven innings against the ninth-ranked team in the country. In his previous start on Friday, April 4, he went 7 scoreless innings vs. #9 South Carolina and got a no decision. In his last two starts, Holder is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA, 14 IP, 2R, 2 BB, 12 Ks. Junior Stephen Dodson (5-1, 3.97 ERA) and sophomore Alex McRee (5-1, 3.58 ERA) share the team lead for wins with five apiece.

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