Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Diamond Dawgs Notes


With a bid to the SEC Tournament already wrapped up, Georgia now takes aim at collecting wins to make the NCAA Tournament. Georgia has played an SEC-high 27 games versus ranked teams and leads the SEC with 13 wins over top 25 clubs. The Dawgs have played 28 road games this year. With the nation's toughest rated schedule and a stout RPI, the Dawgs need to remain above. .500 to qualify for an NCAA bid.  

The Dawgs have a four-game home-stand starting with Kennesaw State (30-21) on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and then a series with nationally-ranked Vanderbilt (42-8, 20-7 SEC) at Foley Field Thursday-Saturday. Game one of the VU series is the SEC Baseball Thursday Night Game of the Week on ESPNU and will begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT. 

Georgia is on pace to set a school record for best fielding percentage. Currently, they are at .975, and the record is .972 held by the 2003 squad.

Sophomore SS Kyle Farmer (.313-7-49) ranks among the SEC RBI leaders with 49. Overall, Farmer has hit safely in 28 of the past 30 games. He batted .529 (9-for-17) in four games last week. Farmer is hitting .333-5-22 in SEC action.

Sophomore RHP Tyler Maloof is tied for the NCAA lead in saves. He is 16-for-16 in save situations this season including 9-for-9 in SEC action. The Dawgs have tied a school record with 19 saves this year. Along with Maloof's 16, sophomore Blake Dieterich has two and senior Eric Swegman has one.

Junior 2B Levi Hyams (.345-4-34) batted .500 last week, going 8-for-16 with two home runs and five RBI. He is batting .311-3-21 in SEC games.

Sophomore LHP Blake Dieterich (2-3, 2.95 ERA) made his first career SEC start this past Sunday and notched a road win over Kentucky. Against the Wildcats, his line was 5 IP, 8H, 2R, 1BB, 4K. Incidentally, it marked his first start in 2011 in a team-high 25 appearances.

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