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April 21, 2008

Kissing Your Cajun Sister

The baseball team didn't lose for a third straight weekend. But, Sunday's game against LSU ended in a clock-induced tie. There's no clock in baseball and you can't tie, right? Yes you can if the team flight leaves Baton Rouge at 5:30 and, after a world class comeback, the game goes 12 innings. Georgia and LSU agreed not to start an inning after 4:00 PM central time (extending the SEC curfew rule) and it didn't look like that was going to be a problem until Robbie O'Bryan blasted a home run to tie the game up in the 9th. O'Bryan's homer capped an epic Georgia comeback. After the 6th, LSU led 10-3, but the Dawgs got seven in the last three innings and held on for a tie.

Sunday's game was an almost mirror image of Saturday's game that Georgia dominated until the 8th inning. Justin Earls had a nightmare inning, giving up 7 runs and allowing LSU to tie the game. Ryan Peisel won it in the ninth on an infield single that scored Matt Cerione.

The big performers this weekend were predictable. Trevor Holder and Stephen Dodson had masterful pitching performances. Josh Fields set the UGA record for saves Friday night. Beckham, Peisel, Olson, Poythress, and Massanari banged out hits and scored runs. Gordon Beckham continued to look like Roy Hobbs at the plate. LSU did not get Beckham out until his second at bat Sunday. Wow.

It's hard to complain about the team right now, but there is one thing that continues to cause concern as the Dawgs gear up for the next three SEC series against Florida, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. The bottom half of the order needs to carry their weight at the plate. The top half of the order is lethal, but the bottom half is snoozing at the plate. The bottom half had 10 hits in Baton Rouge and that includes Matt Cerione's 4-for-4 Saturday. That's not a lot of production.

The 4 game SEC lead is still there and the team is playing well, but the conference schedule is about to increase in difficulty. The next three series are big and we need to win two out of those three to salt away the regular season crown.



Anonymous said...

I guess Perno wants Lewis to play in case something happens to Mas behind the plate, but right now, he couldn't hit his way out a paper sack. I think he has to look hard at O Bryan(sp?) to take over Lewis's spot as DH.

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