Georgia Bulldogs: Curt Powell

When the Atlanta Braves selected Alex Wood near the end of Tuesday’s second round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, he became the fourth Georgia player or signee picked in the draft’s first 85 picks.

It would be 514 picks before another Bulldog heard his name called -- when Levi Hyams went 599th overall in the 19th round, again to the Braves.

The senior second baseman was the first of two Georgia players or signees who were drafted on Wednesday. Kyle Farmer, who with Hyams formed one of the most consistent double-play combinations in school history, went to the New York Yankees 16 rounds later, 1087th overall.

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Georgia coach David Perno predicted before the draft that baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement would help the Bulldogs keep some of the top talent in their highly touted signing class.

From that perspective, so far, so good.

It was a no-doubter that the Bulldogs would lose signee Byron Buxton, who went second overall to Minnesota. Two more signees, third baseman Joe DeCarlo and outfielder/pitcher Duane Underwood, went early in the second round -- DeCarlo with the 64th overall pick to the Seattle Mariners and Underwood minutes later at No. 67 to the Chicago Cubs.

With 15 rounds complete, the only other UGA player or signee to be picked was All-SEC sophomore pitcher Alex Wood, who went near the end of the second round, 85th overall, to the Atlanta Braves.

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Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity eliminated any questions about David Perno’s job status for 2013 last week when he told reporters that Perno will return for a 12th season as the Bulldogs’ baseball coach.

However, Perno said Thursday that this spring’s outcome -- capped by a late-season collapse that caused the Bulldogs to miss the postseason for the second time in three years -- is simply not good enough.

“We’ve got to do our part,” Perno said. “The support staff at UGA is special. They’ve done an unbelievable job since Greg has gotten in there and it’s been great. But golly, we’ve got to win.

“That’s what we were set up to do this year and we just underachieved. I thought last year, 2011, we overachieved. But this year we underachieved, so we’ve got to make certain we do our part next year.”

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UGA baseball week in review

May, 20, 2012
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Results: Georgia went 2-2 in the final week of the regular season, dropping two out of three at Alabama after beating East Tennessee State in a midweek game. The Bulldogs dropped to the eighth seed in the SEC tournament, which starts Tuesday in Hoover, Ala. Georgia will open against fifth-seeded Vanderbilt, which took two of three from the Bulldogs during the regular season.

Georgia record: 31-24 (14-15 SEC)

Highlight of the week: Georgia erupted for 14 hits and eight runs in Thursday’s series opener against Alabama and Alex Wood pitched seven dominant innings as the Bulldogs cruised to an 8-4 victory.

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UGA baseball week in review

May, 6, 2012
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Results: Georgia swept Auburn over the weekend to complete its first SEC sweep since last year. The Bulldogs won 5-2 Friday, 6-5 in 11 innings Saturday and 9-3 Sunday.

Georgia record: 28-20 (12-12 SEC)

Highlight of the week: Kyle Farmer drove in Curt Powell with the winning run, following Powell’s RBI on a fielder’s choice, as Georgia scored twice in the bottom of the 11th inning to rally past Auburn in Saturday’s win.

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UGA baseball week in review 

April, 22, 2012
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Results: Georgia went 2-3 this week, dropping two of three at top-ranked Florida after beating Liberty 5-3 and falling 5-4 to Furman at the first of the week. Georgia’s 16-inning, 3-2 loss at Florida on Friday night was the longest game in UGA history at 4 hours, 56 minutes. The Bulldogs rode starting pitcher Michael Palazzone to a 5-3 win on Saturday, but lost Sunday’s rubber game, 6-3.

Georgia record: 24-17 (8-10 SEC)

Highlight of the week: Georgia lost in perhaps the most devastating way possible on Friday, with closer Blake Dieterich recording a strikeout that should have ended the sixth inning. However, the ball slipped away from catcher Brandon Stephens and he threw high to first base, allowing Vickash Ramjit to score the winning run for Florida. But the Bulldogs bounced back from that painful loss on Saturday, with Palazzone pitching eight strong innings and a three-run third inning -- sparked by a two-run Levi Hyams single -- sparking Georgia to a series-tying victory.

UGA baseball week in review

April, 1, 2012
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Results: After winning the opening game of a key SEC series against No. 7 Kentucky 7-6, No. 18 Georgia dropped a 9-8 nailbiter in the second game, setting up a series-deciding rubber game for the second straight weekend. And for the second consecutive weekend, Georgia lost the series. Kentucky won Game 3 11-2 to send Georgia to its fifth loss in sixth games. Clemson also beat the Bulldogs 10-5 in a midweek game.

Georgia record: 18-11 (4-5 SEC)

Highlight of the week: After Georgia blew a 6-0 lead in the seventh inning of the series-opening game against Kentucky, catcher Brett DeLoach drove in the game-winning run in the bottom half of the inning when he roped a double that drove in Curt Powell.

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UGA baseball week in review

March, 25, 2012
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Results: No. 17 Georgia got the week started with a bang by beating No. 14 Georgia Tech 7-1 at Foley Field, but then dropped two of three games at Vanderbilt over the weekend (1-0 win on Friday and 5-4 and 5-3 losses on Saturday and Sunday, respectively). The Commodores rallied to win in the late innings both Saturday and Sunday.

Georgia record: 17-8 (3-3 SEC)

Highlight of the week: The win against Tech was Georgia’s first at home in quite some time. The Bulldogs were 1-5 against the Yellow Jackets in the previous two seasons, but struck first with two meetings against Tech left on this season’s schedule.

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Bulldogs run streak vs. Tech to two 

March, 21, 2012
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ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia’s baseball team didn’t need a history lesson from Coach David Perno concerning the recent series history against rival Georgia Tech, but he gave them one anyway.

Prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Yellow Jackets, Perno reminded the Bulldogs of how Tech’s recent series dominance -- the Jackets had won five of the last six meetings and four in a row at Foley Field -- could damage their postseason prospects if it continued.

“They know it. They heard it from me more than once and they heard it after the game,” Perno said. “No question, it’s a big series. It’s very important games. And it’s not just Georgia-Georgia Tech. You’re talking postseason implications, potentially [NCAA regional] host situations, so there’s a lot at stake in this series and that’s the way we like it.”

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ATHENS, Ga. -- For an offensively challenged team, No. 19 Georgia could hardly have faced a more ideal opponent than Alcorn State leading into SEC play.

In their last game before hosting Tennessee (10-6) in a three-game series that starts Friday the Bulldogs (13-5) bullied Alcorn State for a season-high 23 runs Wednesday. To that point, the Bulldogs were averaging 4.9 runs per game and had scored three runs or fewer seven times in 17 games.

But thanks to a two-game sweep against Alcorn State in which the Bulldogs totaled 30 hits -- including 10 doubles and three home runs -- they raised their team batting average 15 points to .279 and enter league play with the offense clicking.

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Results: Georgia started the week with a 3-2 win in its final at-bat on Tuesday against Kennesaw State at the Gwinnett Braves’ stadium, but the Bulldogs flopped over the weekend, getting swept 2-0, 7-6, and 7-3 by No. 16 UCLA.

Georgia record: 11-5

Highlight of the week: Kyle Farmer provided the late heroics in Tuesday’s victory against Kennesaw State, lacing a bases-loaded single to bring home Nelson Ward with the winning run.

Top offensive performer: Curt Powell. There weren’t many good options this week as Georgia’s offense largely struggled. Powell went 3-for-10 with a walk and three RBIs in the four games, including an RBI sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout in Sunday’s finale against UCLA.

Top pitching performer: Alex Wood (3-1) took the loss in Friday’s 2-0 opener against UCLA, but he had a solid overall outing. Wood allowed a two-run home run in the fourth inning, but otherwise held the Bruins in check through 6 2/3 innings. He surrendered six hits and one walk while striking out five.

Key statistic: The Bulldogs stranded 23 men on base -- 11 on Saturday and 12 on Sunday -- in the final two games against UCLA.

They said it: “You have to cash in with the opportunities we are getting, and we are just leaving too many runners on base.” -- Georgia coach David Perno

Up next: Georgia will host Alcorn State on Tuesday and Wednesday and then will open SEC play at home against Tennessee starting Friday.

UGA baseball weekend review 

February, 19, 2012
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Results: Georgia swept a season-opening series against Presbyterian, winning 6-1 Friday, 5-4 Saturday and 11-0 Sunday.

Georgia record: 3-0.

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