March 04, 2007

Trojans sweep

Georgia got the tying run to second but Stock struck out Matt Cerione looking to end the game.

USC completes the sweep to improve to 13-7. Georgia falls to 4-7 and 0-6 vs Pac Ten schools this season.

Trojans take the lead in the tenth

The first two Trojans reached in the tenth off the Bulldog closer Fields. Michael Torres got a run home with a sac fly. Georgia escaped further damage as Jake Crain picked Hector Estrella straying too far off third.

Bottom half of the tenth coming with the bottom of the Georgia order due up. 7-6 SC.

High drama in Athens

Down to their final out, Georgia rallied to tie the game at 6.

Robert Stock fanned Matt Cerione on three pitches to open the ninth. Ryan Peisel grounded to first for out two. Jonathan Wyatt kept the game alive with a single to left. After he stole second, Gordon Beckham was hit by a pitch. Both runners stole putting the tying run at second. Luke Stewart ripped a two-strike pitch past the diving arms of shortstop Grant Green scoring both runners.

Free baseball at Foley as we head to the tenth.

Joshua Fields throws hard

Georgia brought in Joshua Fields to pitch the top of the ninth. According to the stalker gun behind the plate, his fastball was consistently hitting 95 MPH. This is Fields' first outing of the weekend. He allowed a single but struck out a pair.

To the bottom of the ninth we go ... USC 6-4.

Top of the order up for the Bullies

In comes the kid

USC just brought in freshman Robert Stock to close. Stock bypassed his senior season of high school and enrolled at SC. Stock walked Matt Olson to load the bases for Jake Crain. Crain just laced a liner over the bag at third that fell just foul. On the next pitch Stock made Crain wave at buried slider.

Pinch-hitter Travis Parrott tapped out to short to leave the bases loaded. Trojans up 6-4. To the ninth we go.

Excuse me

Jonathan Wyatt just checked his swing for a bloop RBI single. Wyatt was fooled on Milone pitch and tryed to hold up. Instead it pinged off his bat over the third baseman for a single cutting the USC lead to three. Georgia's not finished scoring here. We're going to have a game. I can feel it.

It's 6-3 USC heading to the sixth.

Georgia's not done yet

Sure, it was a bloop double that fell between three Trojans fielders but their first hit got the Dog fans barking. Gordon Beckham's one-out two-bagger and Luke Stewart's walk put the Dogs in position to make some noise off Milone. With two outs, Matt Olson sliced a two-RBI double to left-center putting the home team on the board. Jake Crane followed with a flyout to the wall in left to end the inning but Georgia is seeing Milone much better this time through the lineup.

Justin Earls in on the hill for the Dogs, their third pitcher in four innings.

6-2 Trojans bottom 5

Checking in from Athens

Sunny, windy day at Foley Field. We are just underway with USC already getting a pair of runners aboard off Georgia starter Jason Leaver. Tommy Milone is on the bump for USC.

March 03, 2007

Trojans take Saturday's contest 4-2

USC closer Paul Koss recorded his second save in as many days, as the Trojans took Saturday's game against the Bulldogs, 4-2.....It's the second straight contest where Georgia scored in the first inning, but failed to tally another run.
In fact, the Bulldogs only had one runner get as far as second base from the second inning on.
No home runs today, but Grant Green and Michael Torres each had three hits for the Trojans, who outhit Georgia 10-5. Georgia got a hit in the ninth before Koss got Matt Cerione to hit into a 4-6-3 game-ending doubleplay.
Brad Boxberger got the win for USC (12-7) with six solid innings....Koss' save was his eighth of the year.
Georgia falls to 4-6.....The two teams wrap up their series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Trojan pitchers still rolling

What is it about Georgia where it can't score in any inning but the first?
After scoring three runs in first on Friday, the Diamonds managed two in the first Saturday against the Trojans and haven't come close to scoring since...Big kudos to starter Brad Boxberger and reliever Hector Rabago, who have held Georgia to four hits going to the bottom of the eighth....Score remains USC 4, Georgia 2.

Trojans jump in front

USC finally got the clutch hit its been looking for....First baseman J.J. Owens just picked on an 0-2 curveball with two out to single in Nick Buss and Grant Green for a 4-2 Trojan lead.
Both runs were charged to reliever Matt McRee....Going to the bottom of the sixth, Brad Boxberger still pitching, and pitching well for USC.

Still tied, going to the sixth

So much for the predicted offensive explosion.
For the second straight day, Georgia's bats have gone quiet after the first inning. Since giving up two runs in the first, USC pitcher Brad Boxberger has retired 12 of the last 16 batters he has faced.
Lefty Alex McRee now pitching for Georgia, going to the top of the sixth.

All tied up in Athens

Grant Green's RBI single drove in Robert Stock from second to tie the game at 2-2 in the fourth....Georgia pitcher Trevor Holder has been very fortunate so far.....Trojans have stranded six runners through the first four.

Vol fans not welcome at Georgia-USC game

You don't think Tennessee isn't a big rival of Georgia? Check this out....Georgia gameday management here just called the campus cops to evict a group of Volunteer fans who were standing inside the closed picnic area just outside the center field fience....One orange-clad fan is trying to walk up some steps alongside the tennis court, but a UGA cop is right behind him....Fans in the stands barking with delight....What a riot!....Somebody suggested the PA guy at Foley Field play Rocky Top as the Vol fans were walking up the hill toward Stegeman Coliseum (Tennessee and Georgia play in basketball), but somehow I don't think they'll find that tune in the CD box here.
As for the game, Southern Cal just scored a run in the top of the third on Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly....Georgia 2, USC 1, going to the bottom of the third.

Georgia strikes first

Georgia grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first, scoring first on Jonathan Wyatt 's RBI double, followed by freshman Luke Stewart who singled in Wyatt for the second run.
Brad Bosberger not fooling anyone for Southern Cal, at least not yet.....Georgia getting some great rips against a guy who entering play had allowed only four earned runs in 23.1 innings.
Good to see the Georgia fan nicknamed Strap Dawg in fine voice today...The dude sounds like a sick bloodhound....Oh well, ya gotta love his passion.

Interesting first inning

The Trojans had their chances in the top of the first, but ran themselves out of a possible run when Grent Green got too far off of second base and was picked off for the second out of the inning. Following a walk to Matt Cusick and a J.J. Owen hit-by-pitch, Trevor Holder got Lucas Duda to line out to center for the final out.

Georgia-USC pregame

Trojans shaking up their lineup somewhat, with Robert Stock catching today's game in place of Friday starter Johnny Bowden. Michael Torres getting the call at second in place of Matt Cusick, who is serving today as the DH. Anthony Vasquez starting in right field instead of Roberto Lopez.
Only change for Georgia is left fielder Mike Parrott, who starts in place of Blake Cannady.
Brad Boxperger (0-1, 1.54) gets the start for the Trojans (11-7), while Trevor Holder (0-1, 5.40) gets the call for the Diamond Dogs.
Windy day at Foley, breeze blowing out to center with gusts estimated at around 20 mph.....Expect some runs today.

March 02, 2007

It's over: USC 4, Georgia 3

Closer Paul Koss set the Bulldogs down in order in the ninth to close out USC's 4-3 win.
Ryan Cook (3-0) went eight innings to get the win, despite the Bulldogs out-hitting the Trojans 9-6. Dodson (0-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs. Georgia is now 0-4 against Pac-10 schools this year, after dropping three to open the season against Oregon State.
The teams continue their three-game series at 2 on Saturday. USC now 11-7, Georgia falls to 4-5.

Trojans jump in front

Georgia reliever Stephen Dodson retired the first nine batters he faced, but gave up a leadoff walk to Grant Green , followed by Matt Cusick's triple to left field to put the Trojans in front, 4-3.
Following a strikeout by J.J. Owen, Johnny Bowden attempted a suicide squeeze, but Dodson pounced on the baseball and tossed to catcher Joey Lewis for the easy play at the plate. Lucas Duda followed with a groundout to second to inning....Heading to the bottom of the ninth, Trojans 4, Bulldogs 4.....Closer Paul Koss in to try and record his seventh save.

Back to the game

Pitchers from both teams have settled down. Trojan starter Ryan Cook has allowed just five hits since Georgia's three-run first. USC tied the game on a double-play grounder in the fifth by Lucas Duda. Nathan Moreau went five innings for the Bulldogs, followed by Stephen Dodson, who retired nine straight Trojan hitters...Going to the bottom of the eighth tied at 3-3

Coaches rubarb update

Word from the Georgia dugout is that Sisson was upset with Kreuter for tipping off Moreau's pitches to the Trojan batters....Not sure who would win a fight between these two...Kreuter's a former catcher, but Sisson is a high-intensity guy who works out three times a day and has a punching bag inside the clubhouse at Foley Field.

Georgia-USC coaches going nose-to-nose

I can't remember the last time I've seen this in a college game.....Georgia third base coach Doug Sisson and USC skipper Chad Kreuter basically nose-to-nose just in front of the Trojan dugout....It's not a pleasant conversation....Fans up booing and umps not breaking it up. Perno not coming out of the Georgia dugout, either...Can't wait to see what this was about....BTW, Georgia 3, USC 3 bottom of the fifth.

Bombs away for USC

The Trojans appear to be catching up to pitcher Nathan Moreau after a pair of solo home runs by Robert Stock and Grant Green in the top of the third....Georgia 3, USC 2 heading to the bottom of the third.

Bulldogs strike first

Georgia came out swinging in the first, scoring three runs off of USC starter Ryan Cook. Freshman catcher Joey Lewis had the big hit, a two-run double while Gordon Beckham drove in Matt Cerione with an RBI groundout...Just had a media member covering the Trojans ask "The fans bark here?"....Welcome to Athens.

Foley Field filling up

It's still about 30 minutes away from the first pitch, but already a nice crowd is gathering to watch USC and Georgia...The hamburgers sure smelled good walking in, and even a small group of Trojan fans who made the trip....Ground crew is watering down the field now...It'll be right-hander Ryan Cook (2-0, 3.20) for USC against lefty Nathan Moreau (1-0, 0.82) for the Bulldogs.

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