Perno: Dawgs still have work in Birmingham

ATHENS – David Perno, the Dawgs' head baseball coach, said Georgia still needs to do a little work in the SEC Tournament to ensure a national seed in the NCAA Tournament.

"I can't say I feel confident about getting a top eight seed," Perno said Monday. "We had already won the league, and I figured that we had two weeks to play some pretty good baseball to prove that we are worthy of a national seed. This past week we played .500. We didn't make it happen."

Georgia lost its weekend series to Alabama, but knocked off Georgia Tech in the middle of the week to end last week 2-2.

"I felt like if we had gone 3-1 it would have taken some pressure off going into Birmingham," Perno admitted.

While the Bulldogs wrapped up their third SEC regular season title since 2004, they program has never won the SEC Tourmanet. Perno said that was also the goal of the week. The head coach added that he would use injured pitcher Trevor Holder if the Bulldogs had a shot to win the title.

"I am going to lean on holding him out, but we've never won a conference tournament, so if we get in position on Saturday or Sunday and he feels pretty good you may see him," Perno said.

National seeds in the NCAA Tournament serve as hosts for the first, or regional, weekend of play. The next weekend, called the super regional, is also hosted by national seeds. Georgia has hosted two Super Regionals since 2001 and made it to the College World Series both times. They also qualified for the CWS after winning the 2004 Atlanta Super Regional over Georgia Tech.

"I think we have to win some games to solidify a spot (as a top national seed)," Pernos concluded.

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