Road Trip Continues To Palmetto State
Senior Bryan Benzor will start Wednesday against the Cougars.

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May 6, 2013

ATHENS-----Georgia returns to action Wednesday when it begins a four-game road trip in South Carolina.

The Bulldogs (17-28) begin their Palmetto State road trip at College of Charleston (26-20) Wednesday at 6 p.m. Georgia leads the series with Charleston 2-0, winning a two-game series in Athens in 2003. The probable pitching matchup against the Cougars will be senior RHP Bryan Benzor (3-2, 4.50 ERA) versus Charleston freshman RHP Nathan Helvey (4-2, 2.68 ERA).

Up next in the SEC, the Bulldogs face nationally ranked South Carolina (33-14, 13-10 SEC) starting Friday in Columbia and all three games will be televised. USC holds a 53-38 edge over the Bulldogs in records dating back to 1950. The teams split an SEC series last year 1-1 in Athens with the final game rained out. Georgia needs conference wins to qualify for the 12-team SEC Tournament. Last weekend, Georgia traveled to Tennessee and posted an 8-7 win in game one with the final two contests rained out.

Georgia’s leading hitter, senior All-SEC third baseman Curt Powell (.387-0-20), ranks second in the SEC with 72 hits and fifth in batting average. He has appeared in 161 games as a Bulldog with 155 starts. Currently, Powell and sophomore LHP/OF Jared Walsh have six-game hitting streaks. Walsh, one of the top two-way players in the SEC, is batting .303-2-19 and is 2-3 with a 2.05 ERA and 3 Saves in 15 appearances including three starts.

Georgia senior shortstop Kyle Farmer (.297-3-41) is fielding .974, which would break his school record of .970 from last year. Farmer has 204 career starts and ranks in the top 10 in Bulldog history for Hits (256), Doubles (62), RBI (167), Total Bases (382) and At Bats (826). Also of note, Farmer is the NCAA leader in sacrifice flies (SF) with 12.

Bulldog freshmen infielders Jess Posey (.321-2-10) and Daniel Nichols (.214-2-11), prep teammates at Lee County High School, smashed home runs in the 8-7 road win over Tennessee and ace Zack Godley last Friday. Nichols' two-run shot broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning while Posey connected for a three-run blast in the fifth for a 7-2 advantage. It was the second career home run for both of them. Godley entered the game having thrown three straight complete games and had allowed just four home runs all year, however the Bulldogs tagged him for eight runs on 14 hits in six innings.

Sophomore LHP Jarrett Brown (0-0, 2.28 ERA, 2 SV) leads the team with 22 relief appearances. He picked up his second career save in last Friday's win over Tennessee. The game ended when Brown and the Bulldogs thwarted Will Maddox's attempt to steal home. UT had rallied for four runs in the ninth and had the bases loaded trailing 8-7 when Maddox dashed for home. Brown stepped off the rubber, threw home to Brett DeLoach who chased Maddox and fired to third baseman Curt Powell who tagged him out to seal the victory.

Overall, Georgia is batting .279 as a team with a 4.47 ERA and fielding .974. In SEC action, the Bulldogs own a .245 batting average, a 4.57 ERA and a .972 fielding percentage.

Schedule This Week: Wednesday at College of Charleston, 6 pm Fri.-Sun. at South Carolina, 7pm {SS-TV}; 1pm (CSS-TV); 1:30pm {SS-TV}

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), via GTV
TV: Friday & Sunday: SportSouth; Saturday: CSS



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