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April 20, 2009

Dawgs Take Series, Still Lead SEC

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.

See Also:
-- SEC Weekend Update - JimFromDuluth



Hobnail_Boot said...

2 out of 3 from another top 10 team.. and the train keeps rolling.

FisheriesDawg said...

Actually, we're a game and a half ahead of Arkansas (13-5 vs 11-6) for the SEC right now, though I suppose that works out to be the same as two games in effect.

As to Biddle, we need to be patient at the plate. He gave up four walks in the first inning and nearly got chased before settling down for the long haul against Florida yesterday.

Paul Westerdawg said...

If we had been a little more patient in the 1st inning, I think we would've gotten more walks from ARK's pitcher. He was doing everything he could to walk our guys.

I also think we struggled to agree with the Ump on the corner of the strike zone on the lower 3rd base side. Particularly, Rich P struggled with that pitch.

C J said...

Ark's pitcher was freakin incredible yesterday...what a beast.

Squarebush said...

CJ said: "...what a beast."

From the ABH:

"Eibner is Arkansas' starting center fielder and hadn't made an SEC start on the mound this season"


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