April 29, 2013
Due to exams, Georgia does not have any midweek games and will return to action Friday at 6 p.m. in Knoxville for an SEC series with Tennessee (18-25, 6-15 SEC). Games two and three will be televised with Saturday set for 7 p.m. on CSS and Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPNU. This starts a season-long eight-game road trip for the Bulldogs (16-28, 4-16 SEC), which includes an SEC series at nationally ranked South Carolina (May 10-12). The other games during the trip are at College of Charleston (May 8) and at Ga. Tech (May 14). The Bulldogs, under the direction of David Perno, finish the regular season at Foley Field against Florida (May 16-18). Georgia is batting .276 overall with a 4.41 ERA and fielding .973.
Tennessee Series: In records dating back to 1950, UT leads the series 106-86. Georgia won the series 2-1 in Athens last year (W 4-0, 10-5 and lost 3-0). In 2011 in Knoxville, the Bulldogs dropped the opener 5-4 in 10 innings and came back to win the series by posting 8-6 and 5-3 victories.
Georgia is in need of conference wins to qualify for the 12-team SEC Tournament. Last weekend, 14th-ranked Arkansas came to Athens leading the nation with a 1.81 ERA and recorded 2-0 and 2-1 wins with the final game rained out. Meanwhile in Gainesville, Fla., the Volunteers lost a series to the Gators but avoided a sweep with a 4-2 victory on Sunday. Then on Tuesday, UT dropped a 7-6 decision to Middle Tennessee.
Bulldog Hitters To Watch: All-SEC senior third baseman Curt Powell (.381-0-20) is a Knoxville native, and he ranks second in the SEC with 69 hits. He played his freshman year at Volunteer State CC in Gallatin following a semester at Vanderbilt. Powell helped Farragut to a pair of state titles. Has has appeared in 160 games as a Bulldog with 154 starts including all 44 games this year. Currently, Powell has a five-game hitting streak.
Senior shortstop Kyle Farmer (.302-3-41) is fielding .973, which would break his school record of .970 from last year. He served as the starting shortstop for the USA Team this summer that was coached by Tennessee skipper Dave Serrano. Farmer has 203 career starts and ranks in the top 10 in Bulldog history for Hits (256), Doubles (62), RBI (165), Total Bases (382) and At Bats (823). Also, Farmer is tied for the NCAA lead in SF with 10. Currently, Farmer has a nine-game hitting streak, and his longest this year has been 10 games.
Fantastic Freshman: Sean McLaughlin (4-5, 3.14 ERA) notched his first complete game, but it was a 2-1 loss to 14th-ranked Arkansas this past Saturday. He blanked the Razorbacks on two hits through seven innings before they rallied in the eighth. He ended up allowing two runs on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in going the distance. McLaughlign has seen action in the outfield too, appearing in 22 games with 11 starts. He is batting .200-0-5 in 45 at bats. He will start on the mound in game two of the UT series.
Super Sophomores: Pitcher/outfielder Jared Walsh has been a two-way contributor for the Bulldogs this season. On the mound, he owns a 2-3 mark with a 2.05 ERA and 3 saves in 15 appearances including three starts. In three of the past four SEC series, Walsh has been in the starting rotation, but he did not pitch in the Arkansas series as game three was rained out. He has appeared in 40 games with 38 starts as a position player, batting .303-2-19 plus has a six-game hitting streak. Meanwhile LHP Jarrett Brown (0-0, 1.99 ERA), 1 SV has made a team-high 21 appearances while outfielder Hunter Cole (.301-3-28) has started all 44 games.
A Look At The Volunteers
The Volunteers (18-25, 6-15 SEC) are coached by Dave Serrano who is in his second year at the helm in Knoxville after spending four seasons at Cal State Fullerton. He is one of 11 coaches to lead two different programs to the College World Series, taking UC Irvine in 2007 and Fullerton in 2009. UT has one midweek game before the Georgia series, playing host MTSU on Tuesday. The Vols leading hitter is sophomore infielder Will Maddox (.353-0-18, 16 SB) who hails from Gainesville, Ga. He was a prep teammate of Bulldog freshman pitcher David Gonzalez (1-2, 7.52 ERA). The UT pitching staff ls led by senior RHP Zack Godley (4-5, 2.88 ERA). He has been the Sunday starter and has gone 3-4 with a 2.73 ERA and four complete games in league action. In SEC games, UT is batting .263 with a 6.28 ERA and fielding .958.
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
TV: Friday: UTSports.com via subscription at 6 p.m; Saturday: CSS at 7 p.m.; Sunday: ESPNU at 1 p.m.