Perfect Dawgs Travel to Bama

Top-ranked Georgia will begin its SEC title defense with a three-game series at Alabama.

No. 1 GEORGIA BEGINS SEC TITLE DEFENSE AT ALABAMA

The Bulldogs, hunting their first series win in Tuscaloosa since 1993, enter conference play as the league's only unbeaten team with a 14-0 mark and the SEC's leader in team batting (.360 avg) and team pitching (2.29 ERA).

The Dogs are averaging nearly 12 runs and more than 13 hits a game and have scored double digit runs in 11 out of 14 games so far. Last season, Georgia had its 11th double-digit run game in the 47th game of the season, and in 2007, it scored double-digits in seven games. Georgia is on pace for 156 doubles, 24 triples and 92 home runs in the regular season, and by comparison, last year's SEC championship squad had 96 doubles, seven triples and 77 home runs in the regular season. Georgia has put away its opponents fairly early in all 14 games, outscoring the opposition 24-2 in the first inning and 61-10 in the first three innings. The Bulldogs have only trailed at the end of two innings all season.

Freshman Johnathan Taylor leads the team with a .475 batting average, and a .618 on-base percentage. Preseason All-America first baseman Rich Poythress is hitting .429 with an SEC-leading 32 RBI and has homered in the last two games. Joey Lewis is batting .404 and leads the league with 10 doubles.

Georgia will stick with the same rotation it used in last weekend's sweep of Quinnipiac. Senior right-hander Trevor Holder (3-0, 2.08 ERA) will get the start again on Friday, and sophomore Justin Grimm (1-0, 2.87 ERA) will start on Saturday with Alex McRee still out with mononucleosis. Jason Leaver (2-0, 2.92 ERA) will make his fourth start on Sunday. The pitching staff has combined for three shutouts already and have held the opposition to four hits or less in four games.

GEORGIA OFF TO RECORD START

The Bulldogs' 14-0 start is the best in school history, surpassing the 9-0 start by 1911 team. It is also tied for the second-longest winning streak in school history--the 1990 team won 14 straight games during its run to the national title. The longest winning streak in program history is 19 straight by the 1908 squad. During the current run, Georgia has ascended to the top of the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Poll, the first time the Bulldogs have been ranked No. 1 since winning the 1990 College World Series.


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