Alex Wood Named SEC Pitcher Of The Week
March 5, 2012
ATHENS---Redshirt sophomore Alex Wood has been named the SEC Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Monday. Wood blanked Western Illinois for eight innings and struck out a career-high 14 in a 4-1 victory this past Friday. He allowed just a pair of singles and faced only 26 batters. For the year, Wood is 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA. In 20 innings, he as 26 strikeouts and only one walk. This marks the second time in his career he has been honored by the SEC.
This Week’s Georgia Schedule (4 games, all broadcast on WRFC 960 AM; Sat. vs. UCLA on CSS-TV)
Tues., March 6 vs. Kennesaw State, 7 p.m. at Coolray Field, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Fri.Sun., March 9-11 vs. #16 UCLA (Athens, Foley Field), 6:30 p.m. 2 p.m. (CSS-TV), 1 p.m.
GTV Online Video Streaming available on Friday, March 9 vs. #16 UCLA.
Single game reserved seats are $8 each while general admission tickets are $5 apiece and can be purchased online. Fans can call the Georgia ticket office at 877-542-1231 between 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday. For Group Ticket information, please call 706-542-9045 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia posted a 10-2 mark in its season-long opening home stand. Now, the Bulldogs have their first road game, a neutral site contest on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with Kennesaw State (5-6) at Coolray Field, home of the Gwinnett Braves, the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Capacity for the stadium, which opened in 2009, is 10,427; Dimensions are 335 to LF, 400 to CF and 335 to RF. The game benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and is billed as the “Gwinnett Baseball Classic.”
This is the second year Georgia has played in the event. Last year, the Bulldogs posted a 6-3 win over Alabama in a non-conference game that drew an announced crowd of 2,200. Georgia used a four-run first to cruise to the win as Zach Cone went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI while Curt Powell went 4-for-5 and Levi Hyams went 2-for-5 to lead an 11-hit attack. Chase Hawkins started followed by Eric Swegman who got the win and then Blake Dieterich got a save with three scoreless IP and four strikeouts.
Freshman RHP David Sosebee (1-0, 0.00) will start for the Bulldogs in a planned staff day. He picked up his first win last Tuesday in a combined shutout of Savannah State. Five Bulldogs held the Tigers to seven hits. Sosebee’s line was 2 IP, 1H, 0BB, 0K. Freshman LHP Jarrett Brown, redshirt freshman RHP Jay Swinford, junior RHP Jesse Scott and freshman RHP Luke Crumley also saw action that day.
On Friday, Georgia returns to Foley Field and will play host to a three-game set with No. 16 UCLA (8-3). Georgia leads the all-time series with KSU 6-4 and 1-0 over UCLA. Last year, the Bulldogs split a two-game home set with the Owls as KSU won 12-8 in Kennesaw while Georgia won in Athens 9-4.
Georgia owns a 2.00 team ERA to go with a .278 batting average and a .983 Fielding Percentage. Junior 3B Curt Powell leads the squad with a .406 average and has a six-game hitting streak. Junior SS Kyle Farmer (.304-1-9) has a team-best eight-game hitting streak while senior RF Peter Verdin (.256-0-7) has reached base safely in all 12 games this year. Junior LHP Blake Dieterich is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and two saves in four appearances spanning seven innings.
Georgia made its first-ever trip to UCLA last year and then freshman LHP Alex Wood and the Bulldogs beat the Bruins and eventual #1 overall draft pick Gerrit Cole 6-2. Wood was dominating against the Bruins (7 IP, 4H, 1R, 0BB, 11K) that night. However, he looked even better this past Friday in blanking Western Illinois with a career-high 14 strikeouts in eight shutout innings. Wood earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors, the league announced Monday.
A Look At KSU
The Owls, coached by Mike Sansing, are 5-6 after winning a road series from Jacksonville State this past weekend. They are batting .274 with a 4.00 ERA and a .951 fielding percentage. KSU has nine home runs as a team with senior first baseman Andy Chriscaden (.304-2-12) and junior second baseman Andy Almonte (.300-2-5) leading the team with two apiece. Senior third baseman Aaron Dobbs (.341-1-9) is 6-for-9 in stolen bases. The Owls have not announced a starting pitcher.
A Look At UCLA
The No. 16 Bruins, coached by John Savage, are 8-3 and riding a six-game winning streak. They play host to UC-Riverside Tuesday before coming to Athens. They are batting .307 with a 3.67 ERA and a .963 fielding percentage. UCLA has four home runs and is 11-for-18 in stolen bases. Junior outfielder Jeff Gelalich is the top slugger at .462-3-12 while sophomore second baseman Kevin Williams is batting .458-0-5.