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April 13, 2008

Another Huge Sweep

After weekday losses to Winthrop and Tech, this weekend's series with Kentucky held less promise than this time a week ago. With last weekend's sweep of South Carolina, it appeared UGA was rounding into a complete team. A team capable of going to Omaha. After dropping a game to Winthrop Tuesday and losing to a solid Tech team in Atlanta Wednesday, my hopes went from Omaha to simply making some noise in Hoover.

Despite those losses, the Dawgs are showing that their puzzling midweek play won't get in the way of their focus on SEC play. Coming into this weekend, Georgia sat atop the SEC by a game. Today, the Dawgs are up three games after sweeping a good Kentucky team. With two consecutive SEC sweeps of top 25 teams, I'm allowing Omaha to barely sneak back into my head.

The Dawgs won in a variety of ways this weekend. Friday night was a pitcher's duel, seeing Trevor Holder K 9 batters in a tense 3-2 win. The bats came out Saturday in a 13-4 beatdown of the 'Cats. The top half of the order had 7 RBIs on 10 hits, despite two walks by Gordon Beckham. And today, the Dawgs had a big comeback win, scoring 5 unanswered to win 6-4. The theme of the series was pitching. Starters Trevor Holder and Stephen Dodson were spectacular Friday and Saturday. The bullpen finally gave up a run today after holding the opposition scoreless for an amazing 40 consecutive innings. Then after giving up that one run, Dean Weaver was awesome in relief and Josh Fields tied the school record for career saves. With a 3-2 week, the Dawgs should hold at around No. 14 in this week's rankings.

East Tennessee State and Georgia State come to Athens this week before the Dawgs head to Baton Rouge this weekend for a series with LSU.

Condolences: We make fun of Georgia Tech a bunch here at the Georgia Sports Blog, but tragedy transcends rivalry. On behalf of Paul and Dawgnoxious, I extend our condolences to the Georgia Tech athletics family on the passing of junior pitcher Michael Hutts Friday. The death of any person, much less such a young athlete, is an unspeakable tragedy and our thoughts are with the Tech baseball team.



Unknown said...

I can't wait for the Tech game at Turner Field. Always a blast.

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