Moreau to get Saturday start for Dawgs

OMAHA, NE – When the SEC Championship was up for grabs, Georgia head coach David Perno had no qualms relying on sophomore Nathan Moreau.

That proved quite successful as Moreau came through with a solid outing and Georgia claimed its sixth SEC title in school history with a win against Vanderbilt.

Now Perno hopes that the left hander from Parkview will be able to secure an even bigger accomplishment – a berth in the national championship series in the College World Series.

As Georgia's game today was pushed back to Saturday because of inclement weather, Perno decided to go with Moreau instead of Trevor Holder, who would have started today, for the game against Stanford – in part because Moreau was already scheduled to start in the Saturday "if necessary" game.

"Nathan was going Saturday. We've been out there too long and he hasn't thrown and he needs to get out there," Perno said.

The other part of this change is that it saves Georgia's no. 1 starter Holder for either the national championship opener, or for an elimination game on Sunday.

"It'd be tough to run Trevor out there and back (Moreau) up another day and if things don't work out then all of a sudden you're running a guy out there when your season's in limbo, the biggest game of the year, and you're running a guy out there who hasn't pitched in two weeks. So I think tomorrow will take a little bit of that pressure off him," Perno said.

Moreau for one isn't worried about the additional rest he's gotten.

"The way I look at it is I've missed one start. I threw two Saturdays ago, so I missed last Saturday and jump into this Saturday. Along the way I've been throwing bullpen the whole time, staying on schedule. I don't really see it as missing too much other than giving my arm rest and feeling refreshed," he said.

Holder thinks that the change sets things up quite well for the team, and is confident in his fellow hurler's ability to get done.

"I think the main thing was – we needed to get Nate out there. He's been sitting a while. And he's due," he said. "We know he's going to give us a good start. And hes going to compete his butt off of for us."

Moreau's had a bit of an up and down year this season, but Perno thinks that he's been getting back on the right track at the right time of the year.

"Out of all the starters we've run out there this year, he's still got the best career record. Early in the year he was really, really good and we just couldn't hold leads late in the game, but we've solidified our bullpen. He hit a little slide in the middle of the year where he was really fighting it and our bullpen was picking him up. Toward the end of the year he started throwing the ball much harder and I expect he'll throw it extremely well tomorrow," Perno said.

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