A possible starter for Georgia in Wednesday's game is Paul Lubrano, who is typically a No. 3 pitcher in the rotation but who opened the College World Series for the 'Dawgs because it was his turn in the rotation. Heading into the CWS, the 6-1, 160-pound lefty had started 17 games, winning five and losing four while compiling a 4.22 ERA. He gave up a hit an inning on average and walked 34 in just over 91 innings pitched. Versus Arizona in UGA's Omaha opener last Friday, Lubrano went just 3-1/3, getting knocked around by the Wildcats for nine hits and six earned runs before being lifted for long reliever Johnny Dobbs. Rightie Dobbs pitched 2-2/3 of two-hit ball while Startup finished out the final three frames, giving up three hits and one earned run in the 8-7 Georgia win.
Neither Lubrano nor Dobbs has pitched since their CWS opener, so they've had a full four days rest since their last appearance.
Sean Ruthven (4 innings, 6 earned runs), Mitchell Boggs (1-1/3 innings, 2 earned runs), Josh McLaughlin (2/3 of an inning, no earned runs), Bo Lanier (2 innings, 1 earned run) and Brooks Brown (1 inning, no earned runs) pitched against Texas Sunday evening while Hyle and lefty Startup, making his second Omaha appearance, took the Hill today vs. Arizona.
It's possible that Georgia coach David Perno, as he's done already this post-season, will opt for short stints from a combination of Lubrano, Dobbs, Ruthven and the remainder of the Bulldog 'pen vs. Texas starter Justin Simmons (10-3, 4.21 ERA). Simmons is in the opposite situation of the Georgia pitchers: he hasn't seen the mound since getting a win in UT's NCAA Tournament opener with Youngstown State on June 4. The Horns also have No. 4 starter Kyle McCulloch (7-0, 3.25 ERA), and a fairly lightly used bullpen, in reserve.
[Note: For more on Georgia, see IT's preview of the teams' first meeting in Omaha by clicking here.]