Alex Wood is projected to be a premium pick in the 2012 MLB draft.
May 28, 2012
ATHENS----The 2012 Georgia baseball season officially ended Monday after the Bulldogs did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Bulldogs (31-26 overall, 14-15 Southeastern Conference) registered their lowest Earned Run Average in the aluminum bat era (began in 1974) at 3.86 and for the second year in a row set a school record for best fielding percentage at .978. The Georgia pitching staff was led by redshirt sophomore left-hander Alex Wood (7-3), and his 2.73 ERA was the best by a starter since 1989 (Dave Fleming, 2.08). Offensively, Georgia batted .279, and junior third baseman Curt Powell led the club with a .355 average. Freshman outfielder Hunter Cole had a team-best seven home runs while junior shortstop Kyle Farmer collected a team-high 41 RBI.
“It’s unfortunate that this team will not have an opportunity to play next weekend because you look at the pitching numbers being one of the best in years, the defense setting a school record, and ultimately, we didn’t score enough, and we have to figure it out,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “I need to do a better job of managing. This team just lacked some of the intangibles. We couldn’t get over the hump. When we needed to get that big hit, and we got it, we won, and we didn’t, we lost. Ultimately, we needed to win more games.”
Senior first baseman Colby May said it was difficult watching Monday’s NCAA selection show and then realizing that the season and his Bulldog career was over.
“It’s tough knowing I’m never going to wear the ‘G’ again and put on that uniform,” said May. “It’s disappointing and frustrating; there’s not much you can say. We played some tight games, and it’s unfortunate we didn’t get it done.”
The SEC will announce its postseason honors including All-SEC, Freshman All-SEC and All-Defensive team Tuesday.
“I’m encouraged with what we have coming back, and we’ll see how many veterans return after the draft,” Perno added. “I think we’ll have a good nucleus, and we’ll need to find a way to get the most out of what we got and hopefully have no setbacks. The last three seasons we’ve lost a couple players to catastrophic injuries and this year (Tyler) Maloof (18 saves in 2011) was out all year. “
Also, Perno said he is excited about the recent news of Foley Field improvements scheduled for 2013 and beyond and thanked the Georgia administration for their continued support.
The 2012 Major League Baseball draft is slated for June 4-6. The first round will be on June 4 starting at 7 p.m. Rounds 2-15 will begin at noon on June 5 and rounds 16-40 will be on June 6 beginning at noon. Wood is projected to be a first day selection along with a couple members of Georgia’s recruiting class.