Zach Cone has five outfield assists this season.
May 16, 2011
ATHENS, Ga.-----Georgia opens a four-game homestand starting with Kennesaw State (30-21) on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and then a series with nationally-ranked Vanderbilt (42-8, 20-7 SEC) at Foley Field Thursday-Saturday.
Georgia will start sophomore left-hander Patrick Boling (0-2, 6.38 ERA) and use the contest as a staff day, getting several pitchers some work. The Owls are riding a four-game winning streak including sweeping North Florida this past weekend in Jacksonville. They have not announced a starting pitcher.
With a bid to the SEC Tournament already wrapped up, Georgia now takes aim at collecting wins to make the NCAA Tournament. Georgia has played an SEC-high 27 games versus ranked teams and leads the SEC with 13 wins over top 25 clubs. The Bulldogs have played 28 road games this year. With the nation's toughest rated schedule and a stout RPI, the Bulldogs need to remain above. .500 to qualify for an NCAA bid. Game one of the VU series is the SEC Baseball Thursday Night Game of the Week on ESPNU and will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The SEC Tournament will be May 25-29 at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., and is an eight-team, double-elimination format.
Did You Know? Georgia is on pace to set a school record for best fielding percentage. Currently, they are at .975, and the record is .972 held by the 2003 squad.
Sophomore SS Kyle Farmer (.313-7-49) ranks among the SEC RBI leaders with 49. Overall, Farmer has hit safely in 28 of the past 30 games. He batted .529 (9-for-17) in four games last week. Farmer is hitting .333-5-22 in SEC action.
Sophomore RHP Tyler Maloof is tied for the NCAA lead in saves. He is 16-for-16 in save situations this season including 9-for-9 in SEC action. The Bulldogs have tied a school record with 19 saves this year. Along with Maloof's 16, sophomore Blake Dieterich has two and senior Eric Swegman has one.
Junior 2B Levi Hyams (.345-4-34) batted .500 last week, going 8-for-16 with two home runs and five RBI. He is batting .311-3-21 in SEC games.
Sophomore LHP Blake Dieterich (2-3, 2.95 ERA) made his first career SEC start this past Sunday and notched a road win over Kentucky. Against the Wildcats, his line was 5 IP, 8H, 2R, 1BB, 4K. Incidentally, it marked his first start in 2011 in a team-high 25 appearances.
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College
Play-by-Play: Jeff Dantzler, David Johnston
Station: 960 AM-WRFC; 1230 AM-WFOM The Fan 2 (based in Marietta and covers Cobb, Gwinnett and Fulton county)
The Johnathan Taylor Fund: Georgia junior outfielder Johnathan Taylor (J.T.) sustained a neck injury March 6 in a collision with a teammate during a game against Florida State. On March 7, Taylor had neck surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens to stabilize his spine. On March 11, he was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta where he is currently a patient.
To honor J.T., the Bulldogs are wearing “JT-2” decals on the back of their batting helmets; “JT-2” is painted on the Foley Field wall in left center; they carry a framed picture of J.T. with them for their dugout; Zach Cone, Peter Verdin and Levi Hyams have worn Taylor’s #2 jersey in several games this season.
Fans can donate to the Johnathan Taylor Fund at each home game as Diamond Darlings will have a station set up outside the gates and will be in the stands collecting too. Also, an account has been set up at First American Bank and Trust (FAB). Donations can be mailed to the following account or dropped off at any FAB location.
First American Bank and Trust, c/o Johnathan Taylor Fund, P.O. Box 1688, Athens, Ga., 30603.
A website where individuals can send Johnathan messages and check for updates has been set up by the family. To send an online note to Johnathan and the family, please visit: