Curt Powell earned All-SEC second team honors at third base in 2012.
Oct. 29, 2012
Curt Powell, a 5-11, 175-pound native of Knoxville, Tenn., is in his final season with the Bulldogs. An All-SEC second team selection in 2012, he led Georgia in batting last year with a .355 average and hit .345 in SEC games. He started 55 games at third base and fielded .938 in 160 total chances. Evan Beever of the UGA Sports Communications office caught up with Powell after fall practice ended last week.
What are some things you improved on last season?
"Definitely, I'd say my approach to the game and not letting the game take advantage of me. Also, I just got better at recognizing pitches earlier and being more selective at the plate."
What were your most memorable moments of the 2012 season?
"I would say there were two. My first semester of college I went to Vanderbilt, and then last year I hit a home run on Friday night against them in Nashville, and we ended up winning the game 1-0. My second favorite moment would have to be when we were playing South Carolina here. Joey Delmonico, one of my best friends, went 3-for-5 with the game winning RBI, and they were the number one team in the country at the time."
After leading the team in batting, what do you think are some of the keys to your success as a hitter?
"The most important part is knowing my role, knowing that's who I need to be. I need to be the guy that drives guys in as well as the guy that can get on base to be driven in."
What did you work on this fall?
"I worked on being more selective at the plate. I also worked on my defense. I feel like I've stepped it up on my defense with more reps, and I've just been more solid and consistent in the field."
As a senior, how do you help out the younger guys on the team?
"I just try to take the young guys under my wing. These guys are all talented, they wouldn't be here if they weren't. They are more than capable to do what they did the year before it's just a matter of being able to roll with the punches and grinding it out through the whole season."
What kind of communication does a third baseman have with the rest of the infield?
"There is a lot of communication between Kyle Farmer, our shortstop, and myself. Knowing where we have to play and who is up to bat are the two biggest things."
Who has had the biggest impact on your baseball career?
"I would have to go with my parents. They have always been there and had my back whether it was driving me to Little League games or driving me to lessons and always giving me the opportunity to move forward in baseball."