Dawgs continue to climb rankings

ATHENS - The Georgia Bulldog baseball team, owners of an eight-game unbeaten streak and atop the Southeastern Conference standings, are ranked as high as number five nationally in the top 25 polls released Monday.

The Bulldogs (27-12-1) are ranked 5th by Collegiate Baseball, 10th by Baseball America and 12th by USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches. The top four ahead of Georgia in Collegiate Baseball's Top 30 poll released Monday include Miami, Fla. (33-4), Florida State (34-5), North Carolina (34-7) and Arizona State (31-6).

Head coach David Perno has guided the Bulldogs to the best SEC start in school history at 14-3-1. Georgia holds a 3.5 game lead over 12th-ranked South Carolina (29-11, 11-7) in the race for this year's league title. Georgia's current 11-game SEC unbeaten streak features two road wins over Miss. State followed by three-game sweeps of then ninth-ranked South Carolina and ninth-ranked Kentucky in Athens plus a pair of wins over LSU in Baton Rouge. Last Sunday, Georgia and LSU tied 10-10 in 12 innings. Still, it marked only the second series win ever for the Bulldogs in Baton Rouge and the first time they returned home without a defeat. The Bulldogs are 21-5-1 in their last 27 games.

Georgia will play four games this week, starting Tuesday when it plays host to Kennesaw State (21-20) at 5 p.m. Georgia will employ several pitchers in the midweek games with junior right-hander Will Harvil (1-0, 2.40 ERA) getting the start. On Friday, Georgia resumes SEC play at Florida (25-15, 10-8 SEC).

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