With the 2002 NCAA at-large bid, this marked the first time in school history that the Bulldogs recorded two straight appearances in the NCAA Championships. Georgia went 2-2 and finished second at the NCAA Atlanta Regional. Sophomore 3B Lee Mitchell, senior OF Adam Swann and freshman SS Josh Smith landed spots on the All-Regional Tournament team with Mitchell battting a tournament-best .500 (9-for-18) with six doubles, two home runs and 7 RBI.
Georgia's 32 wins including 15 SEC victories under David Perno was the most by a first-year Bulldog coach. Ron Polk went 32-26 overall, 14-15 in the SEC, in his first season at Georgia in 2000. Perno became the first Georgia baseball coach to take his first team to the NCAAs in school history.
Junior OF Chaz Lytle, a first team All-SEC and ABCA All-South Region selection, set school records for Hits in a season with 108 (108-for-279) and Stolen Bases with 31. Lytle batted .387 with 3 HRs, 38 RBI. His seven triples tied for second in Georgia single season history while his 279 at bats ranked fourth.
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Georgia had one of its youngest pitching staffs in school history with freshmen pitchers recording 25 of the 61 decisions and 36 percent of the innings pitched. Freshmen pitchers posted a 12-13 mark. Georgia went 14-15 in games decided by two runs or less including 10-9 in one-run games. The Bulldogs were 6-14 versus opponents ranked in the top 12 in the country. Georgia's .314 batting average was the highest since 1987 when the Bulldogs hit. 325. The 81 home runs by the 2002 squad was the most since 1990 when the Bulldogs hit 86. Georgia's 96 stolen bases ranked second to the record 101 by the 1980 squad. The 11 saves by the 2002 team was the most since a record 16 by the 1993 squad.
Senior OF Adam Swann (.361-12-46) ended his career ranked in the top 10 in school history in nine career categories including second in doubles (69), third in grand slams (5) and third in RBI (167). He played in 215 games, which ranks sixth while senior OF Kris Edge finished in seventh place with 209 games played. Edge owns the school record with 157 career walks.
Senior RHP Jeffery Carswell (5-4, 4.45, 4 SV), a second team All-SEC selection who signed a free agent deal with the Cincinnati Reds, ended his three-year Bulldog career with 20 wins which ranks sixth best in school history. He appeared in 73 games which ranks fifth best all-time. Senior RHP Bill Sharpton (6-5, 6.22, 1 SV) ranks fourth with 74 games pitched.
Freshman C Clint Sammons (.242-7-31), is among the 36 elite young players that have been invited to participate in the 2002 USA Baseball National Team Trials. The trials will be held June 18-23 in Tucson, Ariz., and the final 22-man Team USA roster, made of freshman and sophomore collegians, will be announced on June 24. This year's USA National Team will play a 30-game summer schedule and compete in both the Haarlem Baseball Week tournament in the Netherlands and the first-ever FISU World Collegiate Championships in Messina, Italy. Sammons is one of five Southeastern Conference players among the invitees and one of four catchers on the roster. If he does not make the squad, Sammons will join fellow Bulldogs Lee Mitchell, Chaz Lytle and David Coffey up in the Cape Cod Summer Baseball League. Mitchell (.286-14-55) and Coffey (.275-14-46) tied for the team high in home runs with 14 apiece this year.