'Dawgs stay unbeaten
By Vince Ferrara
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Game 7 of the SEC Baseball Tournament at Regions Park, the No.
6-seed Georgia Bulldogs (37-20) moved to 2-0 with a win over the
No. 7-seed Arkansas Razorbacks (33-21) 2-1 in 10 innings
Thursday night. This puts Georgia in the driver's seat to earn a
spot in Sunday's SEC Championship Game. Georgia gets Friday off
and would have to lose twice on Saturday to not get in the title
With the game tied at 1, Georgia loaded the bases with nobody
out in the bottom of the 10th inning. DH Joey Lewis' (0 for 5,
RBI) groundout to third brought home Matt Cerione from third
base on a close play at the plate to score the winning run.
Cerione then sprinted to Lewis off first who was mobbed by his
teammates in celebration of the dramatic Bulldogs win. Arkansas
reliever Stephen Richards (5-1) took the loss, his first of the
was good ole fashioned baseball between Georgia and Arkansas.
Pitching and defense were outstanding for both teams. Both teams
flashed their gloves frequently to take away hits. The two
starters, Georgia's Trevor Holder (right) and Arkansas' Brett
Eibner, combined to pitch 14 innings, allowing 10 hits, two
runs, walked only four and striking out eight.
"I thought Holder was outstanding," said Arkansas
head coach Dave Van Horn. "He was really mixing his change-up to
our left-handed hitters and then he started throwing it to our
right-handers. He'd show us some breaking balls and spotted his
Two relievers, Georgia's Dean Weaver (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and
Arkansas' TJ Forrest (2 IP, 0 H, O R) were effective as well.
Weaver (4-2) picked up the win in relief.
The difference in Georgia's favor may well have been the return
to form of their best player, first-baseman Rich Poythress.
Poythress has been slumping over the last few weeks. His coach
said earlier this week that they needed him to be his great self
for the team to win. He went 3 for 5 today and his coach opened
the press conference after the game acknowledging him.
"We finally got Rich," said Georgia head coach
David Perno. "Welcome back Rich."
Georgia will next play Saturday at 1:30 p.m. CT versus either
LSU, South Carolina or Vanderbilt. The winners that advance to
Saturday flip bracket positions, thus the new teams that could
match-up with Georgia.
(photo by Jimmy Jones)