2008/04/28 - This Week in Georgia Baseball

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

Georgia Baseball (29-14-1, 15-5-1 SEC Record/1st place)  

This Week (3 games)
Fri. vs. Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m.
Sat. vs. Ole Miss, 3:05 p.m. (ESPNU-TV)
Sun. vs. Ole Miss, 2 p.m.  

Last Week (2-2)
Tues.-Beat Kennesaw State 6-2 in Athens
Fri.-Beat Florida 7-4 in Gainesville, Fla.
Sat.-Lost to Florida 7-2 in Gainesville, Fla.
Sun-Lost to Florida 7-2 in Gainesville, Fla.

Bulldog Team Notes:
Fifth-ranked Georgia (29-14-1) went 2-2 this past week. The Bulldogs own a 3.5 game lead in the Southeastern Conference race with a 15-5-1 league record.
Under head coach David Perno, the Bulldogs had a 12-game SEC winning streak in 2004, a 10-game SEC streak in 2006 and a 10-game SEC streak in 2008. Georgia saw its 11-game SEC unbeaten streak end this past Saturday in a 7-2 loss at Florida. Georgia dropped its first SEC series of the year as the Gators won two of three.
For the first time this season, Georgia will not have any midweek games as the Bulldogs will be taking final exams. On Friday, Georgia resumes SEC play with nationally-ranked and Western Division leader Ole Miss (28-17, 11-10 SEC) coming to Athens and Foley Field. ESPNU will televise Saturday's game live beginning at 3:05 p.m. The Georgia-Ole Miss series is tied 25-25 in records dating back to 1950. Since a 2004 Bulldog sweep in Athens, the Rebels have won seven of the past nine meetings including a sweep of Georgia in 2006 at Foley Field.  

Bulldog Player Notes:
Georgia junior shortstop Gordon Beckham, a National Player of the Year candidate and on the Dick Howser Trophy Watch List, is batting .427 with an NCAA-leading 20 home runs, 64 runs scored and 151 total bases. He has 48 RBI, 16 stolen bases and played solid defense with a .957 FLDG%, making just eight errors in 188 total chances. In SEC action, Beckham is batting .434 with 10 home runs and 24 RBI. Also, he is an Academic All-America candidate, majoring in real estate. Against Florida this past weekend, he batted .500 (5-for-10) with two doubles, a home run, two RBI, two walks and was hit by a pitch.
Senior All-America closer Joshua Fields, the SEC's all-time saves leader with 35, has not allowed an earned run this year and just one unearned run overall in 21 appearances covering a span of 22.1 innings. He is 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA and an SEC-leading 12 saves. Opponents are batting.068 against him, and he has 42 strikeouts and 11 walks on the year.
He is on the Midseason watch list for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award which goes to the nation's top closer as well as the Dick Howser Trophy, which goes to the nation's top collegiate baseball player. In SEC action, Fields has nine saves in 12 appearances. In Georgia's 7-4 win over Florida Friday in Gainesville, Fields inherited a bases-loaded one out jam in the eighth and the Bulldogs up 7-4. The first batter he faced was cleanup hitter Josh Adams, and he was the first of five consecutive strikeout victims.
Junior Trevor Holder leads all SEC starters with a 2.42 ERA in league games. For the year, Holder is 6-2 with a 2.49 ERA, and he has been even better in the SEC at 4-1, 2.42 ERA in seven starts. Sophomore reliever Dean Weaver (3-1, 2.57 ERA) has been very solid in SEC action, going 2-0 with an 0.53 ERA and one save in nine appearances over a span of 17 innings.

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