ATHENS — Tough loss for Georgia last night to Georgia Tech. On a designated “staff night,” in which the Bulldogs planned on getting innings for several midweek pitchers, they simply could not come up with enough quality innings and fell 8-6. Seven pitchers gave up seven walks and Georgia’s late rally came up short. Here’s a link to Ken Sugiura’s GAME REPORT.
“We pitched poorly tonight, and I take the blame for that as we just can’t do that this late in the year,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “We wanted to keep guys fresh for the upcoming South Carolina series, but we needed to do better tonight.”
In case you’re keeping count — and you can bet these two teams are — that’s the third consecutive season the Yellow Jackets have gotten the edge in the three-game series. Georgia leads the overall series 112-97 since 1950, which is as far back as UGA’s media guide goes.
More importantly is what the Diamond Dogs do with the season going forward. Wednesday night’s loss was not good but it was not devastating to their postseason goals. First and foremost, they have to focus on being among the 10 teams that qualify for the SEC Tournament. At the moment, they seem well-positioned for that.
Currently Georgia (28-21, 12-12 SEC) is in a three-way tie for fifth with Arkansas and Mississippi State. But No. 4-ranked and two-time defending national champion South Carolina (36-12, 16-8) is coming in on Friday. The Gamecocks have won their last six SEC series and 13 of their last 14 games overall.
After a Tuesday game against East Tennessee State, the Bulldogs wrap up the regular-season on the road against Alabama (18-30, 7-17). Perno is on record saying he thinks the Bulldogs will be in position for an NCAA at-large berth if they can finish .500 in league play, which means going 3-3 in these six. But you can bet they want to do even better than that.
With an RPI of 41, Georgia could certainly help itself by winning the series against South Carolina. And with reigning SEC pitcher of the week Alex Wood on the mound Friday and Michael Palazzone on the hill Saturday, the Bulldogs have a reasonable shot of doing that.
Georgia’s biggest series of the season is at home this weekend.