Curt Powell ranks fifth in the SEC with a .415 batting average.
March 11, 2013
Around the Bulldog Diamond
Georgia (7-8) wraps up a nine-game home stand with a midweek series against Appalachian State (8-4) before hitting the road to open SEC action at league newcomer Texas A&M (10-7) Friday. Game three of the Aggies series will be televised by Fox Southwest at 1 p.m. ET. Georgia is batting .314 with a 4.73 ERA and a .978 fielding percentage. Friday will mark the first-ever meeting between the Bulldogs and Aggies.
*Senior third baseman Curt Powell leads the team with a .415 batting average. He is riding an 11-game hitting streak, his longest since a 14-gamer in 2012. Last week, Powell batted .556 (10-for-18) with three RBI. Sophomore second baseman and leadoff hitter Nelson Ward (.409-0-9) has a career-best eight-game hitting streak. Last week, he batted .333 (6-for-18) with three RBI and three walks.
*Georgia's rotation for the ASU series will be a pair of freshman right-handers in David Gonzalez (0-1, 10.80) and Austin Wallace (0-0, 0.00 ERA). It will be the fourth start for Gonzalez and the first for Wallace. Against Texas A&M, the Bulldogs will employ the same weekend rotation they have used for the first four weekend series: Sean McLaughlin (3-0, 1.80), Fr., RHP; Patrick Boling (1-2, 4.87), RJr., LHP; Luke Crumley (1-2, 6.91), So., RHP.
*Freshman RHP/OF Sean McLaughlin improved to 3-0, 1.80 ERA as the Friday night starter. In his last outing, he tossed six scoreless innings with seven strikeouts in a 12-0 win over Liberty. He has made six starts in the outfield and appeared in nine games, batting .263-0-3. Five different Bulldogs have pitched and hit this year. Sophomore RF/Closer Jared Walsh is a regular two-way player. Walsh is 1-1 with a 1.12 ERA and 2 saves in six outings to finish games. He is batting .354-1-8 in 12 games, all starts in right field. Last week in four games, he batted .471 with four doubles in 17 at bats.
*Freshman catcher Zack Bowers (.323-4-9) has half of Georgia's home runs. Bowers has played in only eight games this year and has four home runs in 31 at bats. He splits time with senior Brett DeLoach (.286-1-10).
*Senior LHP Blake Dieterich leads the team with a 0.56 ERA in seven relief appearances covering a span of 16 innings. He has 79 career appearances which ranks eighth in Bulldog history.
*Did You Know? Georgia has as many triples this year as home runs, eight! You have to go back to 1977 to find the last time those tallies were that close. That season, Georgia finished with 21 triples and 22 home runs in 46 games. Last year, Georgia collected 11 triples and 25 home runs in 57 games...In other news, Georgia has won two games this year when it allowed just one run, a solo home run!
About The Mountaineers
Appalachian State is coached by Billy Jones, who is in his first year with the Mountaineers after spending the last eight as an assistant at Oklahoma State. ASU is batting .288 with a 3.77 ERA and fielding .964. They have been on the road for the past six games, going 3-3 in this stretch. Last weekend, they dropped a series 2-1 at Furman. Nine different Mountaineers have hit a home run this year as they have tallied 14 and surrendered just four. ASU's leading hitter is sophomore 1B Alex Leach (.373-2-13). Senior 2B Hector Crespo (309-1-3) is a threat on the bases at 8-for-11. Junior LHP Chad Farmer (0-0, 6.00) will start Tuesday; Game 2 is TBA. The ASU football team will visit Sanford Stadium on Nov. 9. They went 8-4 last year.
Following the Bulldogs: Radio/TV Information
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College
Play-by-Play: Jeff Dantzler, David Johnston
Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), georgiadogs.com/allaccess via GTV
On Deck: SEC Opener
Georgia opens SEC play on the road at Texas A&M Friday at 7:35 p.m. ET in the first-ever baseball meeting between the schools. The Aggies (10-7) played a three-game set at No. 8 Cal State-Fullerton last weekend, going 1-2. Their final tuneup before SEC play will be Tuesday against Houston Baptist.
Like the Bulldogs, the Aggies were picked to finish 5th in their division by the league coaches. Texas A&M is coached by Rob Childress who is in his eighth year in College Station. He has led the Aggies to a school-record six straight NCAA Regional appearances. A&M has made five CWS appearances in school history with the latest coming in 2011. Sunday's game will be televised regionally by Fox Southwest. The Aggies home facility is Olsen Field at Blue Bell Park (6,100).
All three games will be broadcast on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College. Also, the Aggies will televise the Friday and Saturday Georgia games through their subscription based 12th Man TV. Packages start at $11.95/month. For more info, log on to aggieathletics.com.
Georgia is a combined 3-7 against teams from Texas. Georgia's only trip to the state came in 2010 to open the season at a tournament at Baylor. Georgia went 1-1 versus the Bears. Baylor won a series from Georgia 2-1 in 2011. The Bulldogs are 0-1 against Rice (2006 CWS) and 1-3 against Texas (1-1 in Athens, 0-2 at 2004 CWS).