Eighth-ranked Georgia and No. 25 Ole Miss begin a pivotal three-game Southeastern Conference baseball series Friday at Foley Field. The Bulldogs (29-14-1, 15-5-1 SEC) hold a 3.5 game lead in the race for the conference crown. Georgia was off this week due to final exams while Ole Miss went 2-0 and enter the series with a 30-17 record. The Rebels lead the Western Division at 11-10. The Bulldogs 15-5-1 SEC record is the best start in school history and they own an SEC-best 13-7 record against top 25 teams this year too.
UGA-Ole Miss Pitching Rotation For the Series
Friday @ 6:30 p.m.: Trevor Holder (6-2, 2.49) vs. Lance Lynn (6-1, 3.58), Jr., RHP
Sunday at 2 p.m.: Nathan Moreau (1-2, 5.06), Jr., RHP vs. Cody Satterwhite (3-4, 4.91), Jr., RHP
Bulldogs To Watch
Junior right-hander 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.
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, an .833 Slugging Percentage 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.