Blog Entry

Georgia Baseball

Posted on: March 3, 2009 6:44 pm

This was posted on the Georgia website, but its a good look at just how good the Dawgs have been this  year.

The Bulldogs’ offense has posted some eye-popping numbers in the first eight games of the season. Here are a few:

• Georgia leads the SEC in team batting average (.377), runs (93), doubles (25), total bases (187), walks (54), hits (114), total plate appearances (370), on base percentage (.48), RBI (85) triples (6) and at-bats (302).
• Georgia has played 72 innings and has yet to trail after any inning.
• Georgia has four players (Lewis-15; Taylor-14; Poythress and Massanari-13 each) ranked in the top five in the SEC in hits.
• Georgia has 6 triples so far this season; the Bulldogs had 11 all of last year.
• Georgia has scored double digit runs in seven out of eight games. The Bulldogs scored double-digits in each game against Arizona, just the second time in school history that has happened in a three-game road series (1982 at Kentucky).
• Georgia outscored Arizona 33-15 last weekend and outhit the Wildcats 49-25. In Saturday’s game, every Bulldog starter had at least one hit by the fourth inning.

The Georgia pitching staff is ranked in the top three in the SEC in several categories. The Bulldogs are second in strikeouts (73) and third in ERA (2.50), opposing batting average (.222), runs allowed (30) and earned runs allowed (20). Trevor Holder and Alex McRee , the Bulldogs’ Friday and Saturday starters, respectively, are both 2-0 in two starts apiece this season. McRee has yet to allow an earned run in 10.2 innings, and Holder as an 11-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Freshman Michael Palazzone , junior Dean Weaver and senior Will Harvil , three of Georgia’s top relievers, have combined to throw 16 scoreless innings. Palazzone, who has one start, has surrendered just one hit in 6.0 innings, and another key reliever, Jeff Walters , has also given up just one hit in 5.2 innings. Freshman Cecil Tanner has allowed one earned run in 4.2 innings with seven strikeouts.

Junior catcher/designated hitter Joey Lewis is tied with Vanderbilt’s Aaron Westlake and LSU’s DJ LeMahieu with 15 hits to lead the league. The Fayetteville, Ga., native is the the league’s leader with seven doubles while no other player in the conference has more than four. In Saturday’s 12-5 win over Arizona, Lewis went 5-for-6 with two doubles, scored a career-high four runs and had a career-high 10 total bases. His five hits in the most hits in a game by any SEC player this year.

Matt Cerione returned to the Georgia lineup in big way last weekend at Arizona. The junior from Alpharetta, Ga., went a career-best 4-for-6 in Saturday’s 12-5 win and also had a career-high four RBI and set a new career-high with seven total bases. He also hit his first career triple and was a home run shy of the cycle. Then in Sunday’s 10-5 win, he had three more hits and scored a career-high three runs. Cerione batted .700 (7-for-10) in the two games with seven RBI.

Freshman Johnathan Taylor leads the SEC with a .706 on-base percentage. He has 14 hits, seven walks and has been plunked three times this season. So that’s 24 times Taylor has reached base safely in 34 appearances. He is the team leader in runs scored (13) and stolen bases (6), and is second in hits (14) and walks (7).

Taylor earned the first SEC Freshman of the Week honors for the 2009 season after serving as the catalyst for the Georgia offense that scored 41 runs during opening weekend. The Acworth, Ga., native batted .800 (8-for-10) with a double, triple and five RBI against Youngstown State.

Georgia leads the all-time series with Wofford, 8-0. The first meeting between the schools took place in Spartanburg, S.C., in 1902 and the last meeting was the Bulldogs’ 12-6 win in 2007.

Due to the rain and snow last weekend, Wofford’s series against Xavier was cancelled, so it will have been five days since the Terriers (3-3) last played a game. Konstantine Diamaduros leads the team with a .444 average (8-for-18). He has two home runs and seven RBI. Alex Hill is hitting .400 (8-for-20) and Michael Gilmartin is batting .381 (8-for-21). Freshman righthander Bobby Deluria (0-0, 3.52 ERA) will get the start.

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