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March 16, 2010

Baseball in Atlanta Tonight

Perno's boys visit Russ Chandler tonight to play Tech.  The fortunes of the two teams involved are divergent.  Tech is 12-1 and No. 3 in the country while we're 8-8 after last weekend's series win.  Sunday's game saw Siena hold on for a 10-9 win.

The Dawgs will have freshman Blake Dieterich on the hill in his first career start.  Blake's had a few relief appearances with some mixed success (7.1 IP, 8H, 4BB, 8Ks).  Tech will counter with sophomore Mark Pope who has some impressive stats in six innings pitched (0.00 ERA, 4H, 7Ks).  The pitching match up looks to favor the insects.  

The baseball team hasn't looked good so far this season and those performances make sense in light of our youth and injuries.  But, the pitching, long thought to be a great asset in the preseason, hasn't shown up.  The offense, long thought to be a liability in the preseason, has lived up to its billing.  There are a few signs of hope at the plate, the biggest of which is fresh faced freshman Robert Shipman who has been filling in for injured Chase Davidson at first.  In four games last week, Shipman went 7-for-13 with 3HRs and six RBIs. 

A big game against a highly ranked rival might reveal the latent talent on this team.  If we can somehow find a way to pull it out, it could be the spark to better play this season.  If you're in Atlanta tonight, get out and cheer on the team.



Anonymous said...

Davidson is a huge bust.

JJH4 said...

The season does not really begin until this Friday as far as post-season aspirations. I know this team is as far away from being a contender as anyone, but if we find some kind of magic switch and turn it on ASAP, we have plenty of time to turn tis thing around. However, the pitchers will need to find a real magical switch.

Anonymous said...

Heading down to the joke by Coke now to see if the Diamond Dawgs can tack onto 2009's 30-24 & 73-66 victories over the maggots. GATA!

Taylor said...

Should have won..walked in the game winning run..yuck!!!!

todd said...

Brady Weiderhold should probably be thankful that baseball doesn't get the attention that football does. Because his tenure at UGA is starting to resemble Willie Martinez's.

Quinton McDawg said...

I think the stats will back you up on that, but I haven't done the homework yet. I don't like to call out coaches, but it's getting to the point that I can't ignore it either.

Lindsey said...

Wiederhold has to go and given Perno's track record theres a good chance it will happen!

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