UGA baseball week in review

April, 15, 2012
Results: Georgia bounced back from a recent slump -- the Bulldogs dropped five of their last seven games entering the week -- by winning three out of four games this week. The Bulldogs visited Clemson on Wednesday and won 8-7, then took two of three against No. 19 Ole Miss. The Bulldogs rode starting pitchers Michael Palazzone and Alex Wood to 8-4 and 6-3 wins to open the Ole Miss series before dropping Saturday’s series finale 8-3.

Georgia record: 22-14 (7-8 SEC)

Highlight of the week: Georgia trailed 4-2 entering the bottom of the eighth inning of Thursday’s opener against Ole Miss, but the Bulldogs rallied for six runs to take a comfortable lead. The Bulldogs clubbed five hits in the inning, including a three-run double by Kyle Farmer, to earn the comeback win.

Top offensive performer: Peter Verdin. The senior outfielder reached base in 10 of 13 plate appearances this week, going 5-for-8, walking four times and getting hit by a pitch. Verdin stole two bases, scored twice, drove in a run and broke up a double play to help extend the Bulldogs’ key eighth-inning rally in Thursday’s win against Ole Miss.

Top pitching performer: Palazzone. The Bulldogs’ senior ace struggled with various ailments early in the season, but he delivered his best outing of the season to win the opener against Ole Miss. Palazzone (1-4) pitched all nine innings and allowed nine hits and two earned runs, while striking out eight and not walking a batter.

Key statistic: Six. Prior to this week, the Bulldogs scored as many as six runs in an inning only twice -- and both came against Alcorn State, one of the nation’s worst pitching teams. Georgia posted two six-run innings this week and both sparked the Bulldogs to comeback victories. They had a six-run fifth inning in Wednesday’s win against Clemson, then used a six-run eighth the next day against Ole Miss to rally past the Rebels.

Up next: After losing the April 3 game at Western Carolina to rain, the Bulldogs added a game to the schedule Monday against Liberty -- admission is free to the 3 p.m. game at Foley Field -- before Tuesday’s home game against Furman. The Bulldogs will visit No. 4 Florida over the weekend. Friday and Saturday’s games will air on CSS and Sunday’s will air on ESPN2.



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