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Posted on: March 3, 2009 6:44 pm
 

Georgia Baseball

This was posted on the Georgia website, but its a good look at just how good the Dawgs have been this  year.

GEORGIA OFFENSE OFF TO HOT START
The Bulldogs’ offense has posted some eye-popping numbers in the first eight games of the season. Here are a few:

• Georgia leads the SEC in team batting average (.377), runs (93), doubles (25), total bases (187), walks (54), hits (114), total plate appearances (370), on base percentage (.48), RBI (85) triples (6) and at-bats (302).
• Georgia has played 72 innings and has yet to trail after any inning.
• Georgia has four players (Lewis-15; Taylor-14; Poythress and Massanari-13 each) ranked in the top five in the SEC in hits.
• Georgia has 6 triples so far this season; the Bulldogs had 11 all of last year.
• Georgia has scored double digit runs in seven out of eight games. The Bulldogs scored double-digits in each game against Arizona, just the second time in school history that has happened in a three-game road series (1982 at Kentucky).
• Georgia outscored Arizona 33-15 last weekend and outhit the Wildcats 49-25. In Saturday’s game, every Bulldog starter had at least one hit by the fourth inning.

GEORGIA PITCHING AMONG SEC'S BEST 
The Georgia pitching staff is ranked in the top three in the SEC in several categories. The Bulldogs are second in strikeouts (73) and third in ERA (2.50), opposing batting average (.222), runs allowed (30) and earned runs allowed (20). Trevor Holder and Alex McRee , the Bulldogs’ Friday and Saturday starters, respectively, are both 2-0 in two starts apiece this season. McRee has yet to allow an earned run in 10.2 innings, and Holder as an 11-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Freshman Michael Palazzone , junior Dean Weaver and senior Will Harvil , three of Georgia’s top relievers, have combined to throw 16 scoreless innings. Palazzone, who has one start, has surrendered just one hit in 6.0 innings, and another key reliever, Jeff Walters , has also given up just one hit in 5.2 innings. Freshman Cecil Tanner has allowed one earned run in 4.2 innings with seven strikeouts.

LEWIS LEADING SEC IN HITS
Junior catcher/designated hitter Joey Lewis is tied with Vanderbilt’s Aaron Westlake and LSU’s DJ LeMahieu with 15 hits to lead the league. The Fayetteville, Ga., native is the the league’s leader with seven doubles while no other player in the conference has more than four. In Saturday’s 12-5 win over Arizona, Lewis went 5-for-6 with two doubles, scored a career-high four runs and had a career-high 10 total bases. His five hits in the most hits in a game by any SEC player this year.

CERIONE MAKES BIG RETURN
Matt Cerione returned to the Georgia lineup in big way last weekend at Arizona. The junior from Alpharetta, Ga., went a career-best 4-for-6 in Saturday’s 12-5 win and also had a career-high four RBI and set a new career-high with seven total bases. He also hit his first career triple and was a home run shy of the cycle. Then in Sunday’s 10-5 win, he had three more hits and scored a career-high three runs. Cerione batted .700 (7-for-10) in the two games with seven RBI.

TAYLOR GETS ON BASE
Freshman Johnathan Taylor leads the SEC with a .706 on-base percentage. He has 14 hits, seven walks and has been plunked three times this season. So that’s 24 times Taylor has reached base safely in 34 appearances. He is the team leader in runs scored (13) and stolen bases (6), and is second in hits (14) and walks (7).

Taylor earned the first SEC Freshman of the Week honors for the 2009 season after serving as the catalyst for the Georgia offense that scored 41 runs during opening weekend. The Acworth, Ga., native batted .800 (8-for-10) with a double, triple and five RBI against Youngstown State.

THE GEORGIA-WOFFORD SERIES
Georgia leads the all-time series with Wofford, 8-0. The first meeting between the schools took place in Spartanburg, S.C., in 1902 and the last meeting was the Bulldogs’ 12-6 win in 2007.

A CLOSER LOOK AT WOFFORD
Due to the rain and snow last weekend, Wofford’s series against Xavier was cancelled, so it will have been five days since the Terriers (3-3) last played a game. Konstantine Diamaduros leads the team with a .444 average (8-for-18). He has two home runs and seven RBI. Alex Hill is hitting .400 (8-for-20) and Michael Gilmartin is batting .381 (8-for-21). Freshman righthander Bobby Deluria (0-0, 3.52 ERA) will get the start.

Posted on: March 3, 2009 1:23 am
 

Georgia at Arizona, Game 3

University of Georgia (7-0, 0-0 SEC)- #3 (CBN), #4 (Coaches'), #12 (Baseball America), #2 (Daily RPI) @

Arizona (4-3, 0-0 PAC-10)- #96 (Daily RPI)

        R   H    E

UGA 10   ?    ?

AU    5    ?    ?


 

This series had me a little worried, as Georgia didn't do too well against Arizona to start off last season, and this year they had to go out west. They turned in an excellent preformance though, winning game three 10-5 to finish off the sweep with a combined score of 33-15. Arizona managed to get its runs early rather than late, but still couldn't make up the deficit. Freshman P Michael Palazzone picked up his first career win.

Now the Dawgs return to a cold, snow covered Athens (up to 4 inches). Power has been out for much of the city too (30 hours at my house). It should be gone and ready to go by their next game though, 6pm Wednesday evening against Wofford. A win here would tie the nearly 100 year old record of best start, 9-0 set in 1911.

With the depature of All-American Gordon Beckham, and first round draft pick Joshua Fields a lot of questions arose about the team and if they were good enough to make it back to Omaha. I fully expect some kind of post season appearance. If this team can keep up the excellent hitting and score 10+ runs every 7 of 8 games, they will be hard to stop. Going out west and sweeping in fairly dominating fashon gives me a lot of confidence in this team. Hopefully they will work hard to make up for last year's game 2/3 of the finals, and we can see them there again this year.


 

Undfeated Teams (22)

(9-0)

1) Texas

(8-0)

2) Georgia

3) Virginia

(7-0)

4) LSU

5) UNC Wilmington

6) Ohio St.

7) Richmond

8) New Mexico St.

(6-0)

9) San Jose St.

10) Wake Forest

(5-0)

11) Kent St.

(4-0)

12) South Carolina

(3-0)

13) Northeastern

(2-0)

14) Cornell

(0-0)

t.15) Yale

UMBC

New Jersey Tech

Harvard

Heartford

Central Connecticut

Alabama State

Alabama A&M

 

Posted on: March 1, 2009 12:10 am
Edited on: March 3, 2009 12:46 am
 

Georgia vs Arizona, Game 2

 University of Georgia (6-0, 0-0 SEC)- #3 (CBN), #4 (Coaches'), #12 (Baseball America), #11 (Daily RPI) @

 Arizona (4-2, 0-0 PAC-10)- #117 (Daily RPI)

        R   H    E

UGA 12  21   0

AU    5    8    0


Game two of the series saw the Dawgs score early and often. The offense continued its early season sucess, cranking out 12 runs on 21 hits. Colby May, the freshman 3B, hit his third homer in the 7th, and C Joey Lewis hit another one in the 8th (Both Solo). Mat Cerione hit a triple in the 5th that was just over the outstretched Arizona SS and rolled into the outfield. It had potential for an in-the-park-homer, but with a large lead he played it safe and got stranded at third. In fact, the only down side for Georgia was leaving 11 potential runs on base. Despite that, they hit double digit runs for the 6th time in 7 games (11.9 pts/game). The only game so far where they've failed to reach 10+, was a mid-week game where they still scored 8. Arizona, for much of the game, was shut down. Starter Alex McRee got the win, going 5 innings with 6Ks and just 3 hits. Just when it looked like Georgia might pick up its second shut-out, the Wildcats broke through. They picked up 3 runs in the 8th, and another 2 in the 9th helped along by a Chase Hawkins' balk.

Game 3 is set for 2pm Eastern, Sunday afternoon. RHP Justin Grimm will start for Georgia.

***Important to note*** With a 7-0 record, Georgia has matched its best start under coach David Perno. The other team to start 7-0 was the 2006 College World Series team.

 


Undefeated Teams (26)

(9-0)

1) Lamar

(8-0)

2) Arizona St.

3) Texas

4) Virginia

(7-0)

5) Georgia

6) UNC Wilmington

7) Southern Mississippi

8) Richmond

(6-0)

9) Ohio St.

10) LSU

11) San Jose St.

12) Wake Forest

13) New Mexico St.

(5-0)

14) Kent St.

15) Oral Roberts

(4-0)

16) South Carolina

(2-0)

17) Cornell

(0-0)

t.18) Yale

UMBC

Northeastern

New Jersey Tech

Harvard

Fairfield

Central Connecticut

Alabama St.

Alabama A&M

 

 

Posted on: February 28, 2009 1:39 am
Edited on: February 28, 2009 3:35 am
 

College Baseball- UGA @ Arizona.

 University of Georgia (5-0, 0-0 SEC)- #3 (CBN), #4 (Coaches'), #12 (Baseball America), #16 (Daily RPI) @

 Arizona (4-1, 0-0 PAC-10)- #90 (Daily RPI)

        R   H    E

UGA 11  13  2

AU    5    ?   1


 

Georgia opened their weekend series @ Arizona Friday night. The Dawg's offense went west with them, scoring 11 runs on 13 hits. This was their 5th game (out of 6) scoring 10+ points. Their pitching was solid with starter Trevor Holder going 5 innings and giving up 2 runs, 5Ks for the win. Two Georgia errors led to an unearned run each, and in the bottom of the 8th Arizona struck for a 5th point. By that point though, the lead was safely out of range, thanks to a costly Arizona error that led to a two-run tripple and a two-run homer, all unearned. Game 2 of the series is set for 8 pm eastern on Saturday night. Georgia will send Junior LHP Alex McRee to the mound, but I have not determined the Wildcat's starter.

 


 

Following the conclusion of the Friday night games, a lot of the undefeated teams went down. The following is just a list of the remaining undefeated teams (43) , ranked based on # of wins, with ties broken by RPI. This early in the season, with teams ranging from 0-7 games, the RPI doesn't mean much, but I wanted to break the ties somehow.

(7-0)

1) Arizona St.

2) Lamar

3) Virginia

(6-0)

4) Southern Mississippi

5) Georgia

6) UNC Wilmington

7) Boston College

8) Texas

9) Wake Forest

10) Florida St.

11) Richmond

(5-0)

12) Kent St.

13) LSU

14) San Jose St.

15) Campbell

(4-0)

16) Clemson

17) Ohio St.

18) Oral Roberts

19) Louisiana Tech

20) Western Carolina

21) New Mexico State

(3-0)

22) South Carolina

(2-0)

23) Bradley

(1-0)

24) Massachuetts

(0-0-1)

25) Delaware State (Tied Navy?)

(0-0)

t26) Alabama A&M

Alabama State

Arkansas Pine Bluff

Bryant

Central Connecticut

Cornell

Fairfield

Heartford

Harvard

Holy Cross

Mount Saint Mary's

New Jersey Tech

New York Tech

Northeasern

Pennsylvania

St. Bonneventure

UMBC

Yale

 

 

Posted on: August 18, 2008 8:44 pm
 

My Wonderful Rant About the Olympic Events.

Ok, well I'm not the biggest blogger, but I'm PO'd and feel the need to rant. Lately people have been making fun of some of the Olympic events. Things like "Shooting is a Joke," "I could play ping pong/badminton in my basement/backyard," "(Insert event here) sucks/is boring/is stupid/is easy," "Why is that even an event????," "No one cares about that event!," and of course, "I could do that event better while standing naked in my yard chugging a 12 pack of beer."
It all started when someone said that Beach Volleyball was cool, but should not be an Olympic event. If that's their opinion I can live with it. They continued by saying "What is next...other fun beach activities, like sand castle building."  I jested that they could add Sand Sculpture as an event- It does already have international competitions. But then, Other people had to chime in with (I quote) "I mean seriously, badminton is a joke, table tennis/ping-pong is a joke, weightlifting is a joke, shooting is a joke, just to mention a few. ... Beach volleyball takes more athleticism and skill than all of those combined." For whatever reason, that set me off. Who are they to say that Table Tennis isn't a good Olympic sport but something like Soccer is? The Ping-Pongers work just as hard at their event as the Soccer players do theirs. If we should throw out 'X' event, how can we fairly say that it is less deserving than the ones we're keeping? This conclusion led to this rant.
  • "If Table Tennis and Badminton shouldn't be a sport then why stop there? Let's go ahead and take out tennis. They are so similar and it wouldn't be fair to take out one without the other. Why have Trampolining? Its like the floor part of Gymnastics, so there's no need for it, right? Speaking of Gymnastics, the judges totally ruin that sport so let's throw it out, and all the other judged sports as well. There goes Fencing, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Diving, Equestrian, and Sync. Diving/Swimming. Weightlifting is stupid, so strength shouldn't/doesn't matter. So neither do Judo, Taekwondo, Boxing, Wrestling, Cycling, Swimming, Track and Field, Pentathlon, and Triathlon. Shooting is quite obviously retarded, so logically Archery is too. Baseball, Softball, Basketball, and soccer are already seen enough in the US. If golf and football (American) aren't events, why should they still be? Take them out too! Beach Volleyball sucks, and the beach part makes it harder than Indoor Volleyball right? If we can't have Beach Volleyball then we certinly can't have the easier version. Sailing doesn't take any skill at all! The boat does all the work for you. And if no one likes big boats why on earth would anyone like small boats?!? So we should also throw out rowing, Canoeing, and Kyaking. Baseball and softball are being thrown out because 'Not enough countries care about it to make enough competitive teams' or some such BS, and I'd say that there aren't enough competitive teams in the US for Handball, Water Polo, and Field Hockey- so they can go too. According to the talking heads, no one will EVER beat or even match the opening ceremonies by China, so let's just go ahead and skip that too. The flame is being protested everywhere it goes, and its hard to pick who gets to light it- Why bother with it? The Parade of Nations is boring and they just skip over the little countries anyways, so there's no need to bother with it either. That leavs us with no opening ceremonies, and a grand total of ZERO (0) events to medal in. There's no need to have closing ceremonies for the nothing that just occured- Cancel them too!
    You know, since we all hate all of the events/athaletes/countries/NBC/each
    other/everything, Let's just skip the Olympics all together! I say its all pointless! We should just sit at home and do nothing! YEA GO US!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
The responses, though few, were good. That, however, was late last night/this morning. By mid-afternoon, a new thread had appeared. "Worst Olypic Sport" I knew it wouldn't end well, but I just had to look. They had strike #1 already. Its called 'The Olympic Games' for a reason. Opening message? "I had to do this.  Sorry.  I love the olympics, but some of these sports are just awful." Again if that's your opinion, great. I can live with it. At least he tried to be polite about it. The post that followed weren't about people's opinions though. They were whiney, P!ssy post about the "crappy" or "Worst of the worst" events. Even things like "anything that you can play in the lobby of a college dorm room, a pool hall, or in your basement at home should not account as an olympic 'sport' lol" That one leaves us with Equestrian, rowing/sailing/kyaking, and unless you are totally loaded, swimming/diving. Although according to other people, equestrian sucks even worse. Some because the horse does all the work, some because of the judges, some because it is boring, and one person because the horse pooped (God forbid anyone might poop). People were even making fun of curling. Can't we at least wait for to winter Olympics to come around? I got PO'd again, and decided to rant again. This time I'd make one about a sport most people in the US actually like, and find ways to make it sound like a bad event for the Olympics. Just to illustrate how A) Any event can be made to look stupid, and B) How stupid their post look. I chose basketball. I think we can all agree that basketball is a sport, right? You know what the sad part of this is? I think my rant on basketball was more truthful and better argued than anyone else with any sport...
  • "Basketball. I mean seriously, we can't have football- or even baseball anymore, but basketball can stay? Don't we get enough of that during the NBA season already? Its already going on 360 days/ year. Can't football fans have two weeks without hearing how some tall dude score 30 points and the short one had 5 assists? It would be nice to hear about/ watch something new; something different. Things you don't normally get to see. I guess on the bright side, we're not sucking this year. Once was embarrasing enough. But I guess that's what you get when you use overpaid professional athletes in the Olympics. According to some, softball has no competition, so it should supposedly go. Wouldn't that also get rid of basketball then? We're only winning the games by like 40 points. We could play with one less guy and still win! The only reason it isn't ended early is because there is no mercy rule. I guess basketball likes to make you sit through every boring minute of it, which is even worse when its an obvious blowout. Even in a good match its only the last two or so minutes that matter. The rest is complete garbage. And even with those last two minuets, the refs don't have the cajones to call any fouls, especially on the good players. The whole sport just sucks! I say we throw it out!"
Next came the post "I would have to go with the Trampoline as the worst sport in the Olympics. A close second is the Equestrian, and I would have to give shooting events and Synchronized Diving a tie for third."  I asked why everyone hates shooting, but has no problems with archery. They are both precision sports, they both rely on muscle control, and they are fairly similar from a viewing standpoint. I don't get it. Several people list shooting, and no one has listed archery. Although I got a 5 star rating for my question, I have yet to receive an answer.
Once again someone mentions that "As for softball, it really needs to go, because its unfair the way the US team dominates." Are we supposed to feel bad for the other countries that suck at softball? Should we quit dominating it so their little feelings don't get hurt? Or how about option C? Make the other countries get better teams. The US sucks at field hockey, but you don't hear me whining about how unfair it is that the other big, bad countries are just so much better. If we want to medal in that event, raise field hockey interest in the US, find people with talent, then train them. I mean, at least there's the Little League World Series for baseball. We don't have much of anything for picking out young, natural talent for field hockey. Softball is also offered in a lot of high schools and most colleges in the U.S. If they don't already do that in other countries, they could too. Again, I pointed out that if softball should go for lack of competition, basketball should too. 106-57? Would you consider that domination? Maybe not to the same extent as softball, but its still pretty bad. I finally got a direct response though. They pointed out that our basketball team lost to Greece in the Athens Olympics. And that it didn't count as domination. I pointed out the Warriors over the Mavs. #8>#1. Then said that upsets happen. Especially when using a random assortment of players, though they are doing better at that "team" thing this time. There's nothing that says the U.S. won't get upset by Japan in our semifinal match. That's why they play the games. I also pointed out the classic- 1980 Ice Hockey finals. The U.S. pulled off 'The Miracle on Ice" Does that mean that the Soviets weren't dominating Ice Hockey at that point in time? They proceded to ask me, "mermental, what's your idea of this?  First you say basketball is domination and should be taken out, now you say softball might have upsets and should stay.  WTF?" My response?
  • "My point exactly. You said-  "As for softball, it really needs to go, because its unfair the way the US team dominates."  and I stated that by that logic we should throw out basketball due to our dominating 106-57 win.  If one country dominates an event its not fair for the others, right? On the other hand you countered with the fact that the basketball team lost to Greece last Olympics, showing that upsets can happen in the middle of the most unlikely circumstances and we shouldn't get rid of basketball. We are not likely to lose a softball match, but just like 1980's Hockey, it could happen. By that By that logic then, we can't get rid of softball because upsets happen, and people generally like to see them. Besides, how can you fairly say that an NBA player gets to make $MILLIONS being a professional player, and go earn a gold medal. While on the other hand you tell the softball player- 'No one in the U.S. cares enough to watch softball with the regularity of the major sports so you're not going to make any money there. Go get a job. -Oh and by the way you can't even win a gold medal any more.' "
In summation, I added-
  • "My point is, what is there to say that Basketball and Soccer are Olympic events, Baseball and Softball won't be events any more, and Golf and Football(American) aren't Olympic events? Why not Chess even. They have all the technical requirements for Chess to be an event. People study for years to get that good at chess. I'm sure they'd like the chance to earn a medal too. We can't just discount an event because its "boring" or "Stupid" or "I could do that in my backyard/basement while chugging beer".
    Since we can't all enjoy this event, it has to be thrown out, right? In a previous post, I came up with a reason why every event doesn't make a good Olympic event. So we should just throw them all out and not have the Olympics at all. Why bother if people are going to ignore all the good stuff (http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/blogs
    /entry/8840518/9930795), and B!tch and moan about the few events we don't personally like."
That link is to another blog, which I really liked. That's the kind of stuff NBC needs to be mentioning. That's the kind of stuff worth talking about. Not the 10 zillionth replay of Phelps, or the 90 millionth interview of Phelps, or the 6 thousandth interview of Phelps' mom/sisters/neighbor/ barber/ some random guy from Baltimore. We get it already. Phelps is an amazing swimmer. Probably the best ever. Possibly the best Olympian. He broke the record. He is apparently God or something. Again, we get it. SHUT UP ABOUT HIM AND TALK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE FOR MORE THAN 5 MINUETS! I may be in the minority here, but I, and hopefully others, still care about the real Olympics and not this crap they try to shove down our throats. That however, is another rant for another day.
Posted on: February 24, 2008 8:28 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2008 8:29 pm
 

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