Georgia Bulldogs: Peter Verdin

UGA baseball week in review

May, 13, 2012
Results: The Bulldogs went 1-2 this week, losing the season finale against Georgia Tech 8-6 and splitting a weekend series against No. 3 South Carolina. The Bulldogs won 6-5 in 10 innings Saturday after falling 3-0 in Friday’s series opener. Sunday’s rubber match with South Carolina was rained out and will not be made up. Georgia has clinched a spot in the 10-team SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala.

Georgia record: 29-22 (13-13 SEC)

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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.

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UGA baseball by the numbers 

April, 12, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- Fresh off an 8-7 comeback win against Clemson on Wednesday, Georgia (20-13, 5-7 SEC) opens another key SEC series against No. 19 Ole Miss (23-10, 6-6) today at Foley Field.

It’s the only time in this month’s crucial stretch of Georgia’s conference schedule -- also including last weekend’s series at No. 9 Arkansas and upcoming series at No. 4 Florida and No. 7 LSU -- that the Bulldogs will play a home SEC series.

Georgia was 2-7 in its last nine games entering the Clemson game and trailed the Tigers 5-0 early, but the Bulldogs rallied with a rare big inning -- a six-run fifth frame -- en route to a valuable non-conference victory.

Dogs, Cats split baseball doubleheader 

March, 31, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. -- No. 18 Georgia split its Saturday baseball doubleheader with No. 7 Kentucky -- winning 7-6 in the opener before falling 9-8 in Game 2 -- to set up Sunday’s rubber match in the key SEC series.

After Georgia blew a 6-0 lead in the top of the seventh of the opener, Brett DeLoach (3-for-4, two runs, RBI) belted the two-out, go-ahead double in the bottom of the seventh to stake Blake Dieterich to a lead he would protect over the final two scoreless innings.

Georgia staked Game 1 starter Alex Wood to a 6-0 lead before he and reliever Bryan Benzor (4-1) combined to lose the lead. The Wildcats scored four runs in the seventh inning off Wood -- three on a homer by freshman slugger Austin Cousino -- and two more off Benzor to tie the score at 6 by the end of the inning.

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Georgia baseball week in review

February, 26, 2012
Results: Georgia swept a three-game weekend series against Winthrop, winning 13-5 Friday, 2-1 Saturday and 3-0 Sunday. The Bulldogs also beat Georgia State 4-1 in a midweek game.

Georgia record: Georgia improved to 7-0, marking the Bulldogs’ best start since opening the 2009 season with 14 consecutive wins -- a run that helped them earn the nation’s No. 1 ranking in some polls.

Highlight of the week: The Bulldogs used more late-game magic to win a Saturday game. Last Saturday, Brett DeLoach drove in the winning runs against Presbyterian in the bottom of the ninth inning. This week it was Peter Verdin who supplied the dramatics when he singled in Brandon Stephens with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Top offensive performer: Hunter Cole. Offense was at a premium for much of the weekend series, but Cole gave strong offensive performances in two games and finished 5-for-12 in the three games. The freshman left fielder was 4-for-5 with a run, two RBIs, two doubles and two stolen bases in Friday’s win and went 1-for-4 with his first career home run Sunday.

Top pitching performer: Taylor Hicks. The freshman right-hander gave another strong effort in his second career start. Hicks (2-0) pitched six shutout innings in Sunday’s win, allowing two hits and no walks while striking out six. Hicks has yet to allow an earned run in 10 innings.

Key statistic: 1 ER in 8 IP by relievers. Six Georgia relievers -- Earl Daniels, Chase Hawkins, Luke Crumley, Bryan Benzor, Ross Ripple and Blake Dieterich -- combined to allow just one earned run in eight innings of the Winthrop series. And that run came in the top of the ninth of Friday’s win against Winthrop, when Crumley came on with the Bulldogs ahead 13-4.

They said it: “If we don’t play good defense, it makes things hard. That’s one of the things that we believe we’re really, really good and have a chance to be special -- and so far, so good,” -- Georgia coach David Perno, whose team has committed three errors in seven games

Up next: The Bulldogs host Savannah State at 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, Western Carolina at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday and Western Illinois for a three-game series starting Friday at 6 p.m. ET.


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