Justin Grimm's line for yesterday's game was impressive: seven innings, six strikeouts, only one walk, and two runs given up, only one of which was earned. That should get you a win in college baseball. Grimm's great game, though, was countered by Brett Eibner's complete game one-hitter for the Hawgs. The Dawgs were baffled all day by Eibner, who gave up a single hit (to Matt Cerione, who else?) and struck out twelve. The team strikes out in bunches and Eibner took advantage. With no offense and overeager hitters, the Dawgs wasted Grimm's fine performance, losing 2-0. It was the first shutout of the year for a potent Georgia offense. It happens. You're going to run into a guy who has his all his stuff working every once in a while. You just hate to have it happen when your pitcher is mowing them down too.
The day wasn't completely wasted. Tennessee won their series in Baton Rouge and Ole Miss beat UF. So, Georgia still leads the conference by two games despite yesterday's loss. The coming week sees the Dawgs travel to Jacksonville State and Ole Miss after Tuesday's home game with Kennesaw State. Ole Miss has some very capable starting pitchers, including 2008 All-American Scott Biddle. The Rebs moved Biddle into a starting role this year and he's been nasty.
We got what we needed this weekend and even opened up a little lead in the conference standings. We're going to need it. Every conference team left on our schedule can take a series from us.
-- SEC Weekend Update - JimFromDuluth