Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bulldogs hit Oregon Trail

But on Monday, the Bulldogs began to jubilantly pack their bags for a trip to the NCAA postseason.


Georgia (31-30) will head to the Corvallis, Ore., Region as the No. 3 seed and will play No. 2 Creighton (44-14) at 4 p.m. Friday. Top-seeded Oregon State (38-17) and No. 4 Arkansas-Little Rock (24-32) will play in the other half of the bracket at 9 p.m.

Georgia right-hander Michael Palazzone (10-4, 3.24 ERA) will likely get the start against the Blue Jays with left-hander Alex Wood (5-7, 4.53) starting Game 2.

“I’m just glad we got one,” Georgia second baseman Levi Hyams said. “We were all sitting on edge watching that thing and when our name popped up, we just freaked out. We don’t care where we’re going, as long as we get to go.”

Monday’s announcement packed some suspense for the Bulldogs as they watched it on the clubhouse television. Likely destinations Georgia Tech, Clemson and Florida State passed without mentioning Georgia, which left the Bulldogs scratching their heads.

“We were all pretty confident that we’d get into a regional,” Georgia pitcher Michael Palazzone said. “But as the thing kept going, it made us kind of think twice. But it was good to see.”

The NCAA announced the Oregon State regional third from the last of the 16 sites, which ignited a celebration in the clubhouse. Georgia will make its 10th NCAA regional appearance in school history and its sixth under coach David Perno. The Bulldogs’ last trip to the regionals was in 2009.

“It was a little nerve-wracking, I’ll tell you that,” Hyams said.

“We were watching everything roll by and we were wondering, ‘What’s going on? Where are we going? A lot of the ones around us are getting filled up.’ But I knew coming back from the Southeastern Conference Tournament once we got that last win, we knew we were going to get one because our strength of schedule is unreal.

“We did really well. We improved all year. We played tough against the toughest teams, even the ones we didn’t pull off. We’re still improving and we’ve got more left in the tank.”

Georgia dramatically improved its level of play this season. After going 16-37 in 2010, the Bulldogs finished with the fourth-best record in the SEC regular season, compiled the No. 16 RPI in the nation and tied for third place in the conference tournament. The Bulldogs won games against four of the top eight national seeds – No. 2 Florida, No. 4 and defending national champion South Carolina, No. 5 Florida State and No. 6 Vanderbilt.

Georgia wrote most of its postseason résumé after Johnathan Taylor was paralyzed in an outfield collision against Florida State on March 6.

“You couldn’t keep this team home,” Perno said. “We’ve done too much. There’s too many big wins against national seeds and hosts. There were too many road wins. There’s just a lot of good things.”

Monday’s announcement capped a thrilling ride for the Bulldogs during the past week. Georgia needed three wins at the double-elimination SEC tournament to finish above .500 and qualify for a spot in the regionals.

After Georgia opened the SEC Tournament with a 10-0 one-hit loss to Vanderbilt, the Bulldogs rallied to win three straight elimination games, including 4-2 against South Carolina and 4-3 against Florida.

Georgia didn’t make the SEC championship game, but its strength of schedule and winning overall record put the team into the field.

“We’re all feeling pretty confident right now,” Palazzone said. “The past month or so has been a pretty good preview of what we’re going to face out there, so it should play to our advantage. We’re looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun to see some different teams.”

Georgia went 3-0 in a West Coast trip during March, winning 6-2 at UCLA, 5-3 at Southern Cal and 3-0 against St. Mary’s in Dodger Stadium. The Bulldogs lost two of three in their last visit to Oregon State in 2008. Georgia has never played Creighton.

“That first trip to the West Coast was a lot of fun for us,” Hyams said. “We took care of business there and hopefully we can keep it going.”

BY: Roger Clarkson dogbytesonline.com

May 31 2011

2011 NCAA Regionals Bracket

http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/baseball/d1/2011

Diamond Dawgs headed to Corvallis Regionals!!

CORVALLIS REGIONAL


June 3-6
Corvallis, Ore. At Goss Stadium

Friday, June 3

Game 1: No. 4 UALR (24-32) at *No. 1 Oregon State (38-17)

Game 2: No. 3 Georgia (31-30) vs. No. 2 Creighton (44-14)

Saturday, June 4

Game 3: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser

Game 4: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner

Sunday June 5

Game 5: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser

Game 6: Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner

Monday, June 6

Game 7 (if necessary): Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner

Monday, May 30, 2011

Diamond Dogs get 3 seed, open NCAA Tournament in Oregon

1:38 pm May 30, 2011, by Chip Towers AJC.com

David Perno has led Georgia to six of its 10 NCAA Tournament bids, including the one the Bulldogs received Monday. They'll play in Corvallis, Ore.

Athens — The Georgia Bulldogs received an NCAA tournament bid as expected on Monday. That they’ll have to travel all the way across the country to play is but a minor hindrance.

After playing the nation’s most difficult schedule, the resilient Bulldogs (31-30) were rewarded with a three seed in the Corvallis, Ore., Regional during the Road to Omaha Selection Show on Monday. Georgia will open against No. 2 seed Creighton (44-14). Two-time national champion Oregon State (38-17) is the top seed and Arkansas-Little Rock (24-32) is No. 4.

The Bulldogs won three games — including two against Top 5 teams Florida and South Carolina — at the SEC Tournament in order to meet the selection committee’s criteria of finishing with an over-.500 record. There was some speculation that, with 16 wins over Top 25 teams and a No. 16 RPI, Georgia may get a 2 seed and play closer to home.

But Coach David Perno wasn’t complaining.

“Nah, I’m not disappointed at all,” said Perno, who has led the Dogs to six of their 10 NCAA tournament bids. “We’re excited to get back out to Oregon. Obviously Creighton is a good ballclub and we’ve played Oregon State a lot. It’s a good opportunity for our team and one we feel like we deserve.”

Georgia faced Oregon State in the 2006 College World Series, then played the Beavers in back-to-back, home-and-home series in 2007 and ‘08. Oregon State won national championships in ‘06 and ‘07.

The Bulldogs have the least wins of any at-large selection in the 2011 field but no one came close to playing as difficult a schedule. Georgia faced 34 Top 25 teams during the season and went 16-18 in those games.

Athletic Director Greg McGarity said last week Perno over-scheduled this season. Perno did not disagree.

“No doubt about it, this schedule was ridiculous,” he said. “If you look at the [strength of schedule] numbers, it’s not even close. I mean, we had to beat No. 1 and No. 3 just to get through the SEC Tournament. No doubt there was too much heat on that schedule. But if we don’t play it we may not be where we are today.”

Georgia also executed a 15-game turnaround over last season despite losing a starter and one of its best players to a career-ending injury in the 10th game of the season. Johnathan Taylor, who is now in a wheelchair after breaking his neck, was in attendance Saturday for the bid-clenching win over Florida on Saturday.

“South Carolina and Florida were two of the biggest wins we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Perno said. “It was an emotional day and pretty special to have JT there. It’s been a gut-wrenching season in a lot of ways, but these guys fought through and played some good ball. We’re feeling pretty good about everything.”

Rewind: Diamond Dogs take care of biz in Hoover, await NCAA selection

5:26 am May 30, 2011, by Chip Towers AJC.com

THE MONDAY MORNING REWIND:
The NCAA’s Division I baseball selection show, aka “The Road to Omaha,” will air at noon today on ESPN. Sometime shortly after that the Georgia Bulldogs will learn their postseason fate.

Some might think their overall record — 31-30 — may be cause for concern. But those who have followed this process closely for many years say the Dogs have nothing to worry about today.

Georgia players gather around injured center fielder Jonathan Taylor before Saturday's first game against Florida in the SEC Tournament. (AP photo)

“The Bulldogs are a lock,” said Jim Callis, managing editor of Baseball America and an authority on college baseball. “They have the toughest strength of schedule in the country, the 16th-best RPI and they were the fourth-best team in the SEC, behind three of the top overall teams in the nation. The only thing they had to worry about was finishing over .500, and they pulled out three straight wins to do it. They’ll probably be a No. 3 seed, but the committee loves the computer numbers, so they have a shot at a No. 2 seed.”

It was only fitting that this team would push it to the brink. The Bulldogs have basically played the entire season on the edge of a cliff.

That’s the way the SEC Tournament went as well. Georgia was plunged into the loser’s bracket right out of the gate with 10-0 loss to Vanderbilt in the opening round. But then they knocked off No. 1 South Carolina 4-3 on Friday and No. 3 Florida 4-3 early Saturday afternoon before finally falling to the Gators 3-2 in the elimination game later than night.

The scene at the end of Saturday’s win over Florida was as emotional as the Bulldogs have had all season. And, to top it off, injured center fielder Johnathan Taylor was there to take it in with his teammates. Taylor broke his neck in the season’s third week in an outfield collision with teammate Zach Cone.

Adding to the drama, Florida’s starting pitcher Brian Johnson was struck in the head by a throw down to second base by his catcher Mike Zunino and was knocked unconscious. Johnson was left with a “mild concussion” and is recovering.

“This team has fought hard all year and to come back from the way we started here Wednesday says a lot about them,” coach David Perno said. “It was extra special to have J.T. here, and the guys were real excited. It was an emotional start to the game and then they had their starting pitcher go down, and it was tight all the way. We came through for him earlier this year when J.T. came to the Tech game at Turner Field, and I was so happy we were able to do it again.”

At the end-of-year board meeting late in the week, Georgia AD Greg McGarity said he thought Perno over-scheduled this season and would advise the coach to ease off in the future. In the end, the Bulldogs played 34 games against Top 25 opponents, winning 16 of them. Both those numbers led the nation.

“We pride ourselves on playing a tough schedule,” Perno said. “It probably helped us make this run [in the SECs] and hopefully did enough this season to get a regional bid.”

Georgia Tech was named one of the host sites on Sunday. In a tournament projection before the tournament Georgia was placed in that regional as a two seed. If it drops to a three seed it will probably be placed farther away.

Meanwhile, Florida went on to capture the SEC Tournament title with a 5-0 win over Vanderbilt Sunday afternoon. Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt are hosting regionals.

Palazzone named to All-Tourney Team

Junior pitcher Michael Palazzone was named to the SEC All-Tournament Teamon Sunday. The 6-2, 197-pound right-hander from Marietta went 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in two appearances at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala. He got the loss against No. 3-ranked Vanderbilt on Wedneday but came back in relief on Saturday and picked up the victory against Florida. Against the Gators, he tossed 4.1 innings and allowed just one unearned run in a 4-3 victory. Overall, he pitched 10 innings and allowed four earned runs with no walks and six strikeouts in the tournament.

For the year, Palazzone is 10-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 17 appearances including 15 starts. On Sunday, the Gators blanked Vanderbilt for this year’s tournament title.

2011 ALL-SEC TOURNAMENT TEAM

•P Michael Palazzone, Georgia; P Hudson Randall, Florida

•P Sonny Gray, Vanderbilt; P Michael Roth, S. Carolina

•DH Conrad Gregor, Vanderbilt

•1B Aaron Westlake, Vanderbilt

•SS Nolan Fontana, Florida

•C James McCann, Arkansas

•2B Riley Reynolds, Vanderbilt

•3B Jason Esposito, Vanderbilt

•OF Kyle Robinson, Arkansas; OF Daniel Pigott, Florida

•Most Valuable Player: Daniel Pigott, Florida

Saturday, May 28, 2011

2011 SEC Tourney Game # 14

2011 SEC Baseball Tournament


Day Four
Game 14 -- #3 Florida 3, #5 Georgia 2
Gators Rebound, Down Georgia 3-2

HOOVER, Ala. – Sophomore Nolan Fontana (Winter Garden, Fla.) drove in redshirt sophomore Vickash Ramjit (Miami, Fla.) with the winning run in the ninth inning as third-seeded Florida (44-16) slipped past fifth-seeded Georgia (31-30), 3-2, in the 2011 SEC Tournament semifinal on Saturday night at Regions Park.

The Bulldogs had forced the if-necessary game with a 4-3 victory earlier in the afternoon. The Gators will next face fourth-seeded Vanderbilt (47-9) on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2 seeking their first SEC Tourney crown since 1991 and will be appearing in the championship contest for the first time since 2000 (9-6 loss to LSU).

Tied at 2-2 entering the ninth, Ramjit led off with his third double of the season into right center and was sacrificed to third by junior Daniel Pigott (Ormond Beach, Fla.). Redshirt junior Craig Gullickson came in for senior Eric Swegman (1-1, 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R) and issued a walk to sophomore Cody Dent (Boynton Beach, Fla.) for runners on the corners and one down. Fontana sent a potential double-play ground ball to second base, forcing Dent, and hustled down the line to beat the relay throw, bringing Ramjit across for a 3-2 Gator lead.

With Georgia down its final three outs, sophomore Austin Maddox (Jacksonville, Fla.) replaced redshirt junior Tommy Toledo (Tampa, Fla.) (4-3), who had taken over with a runner on first base in the eighth and retired the next three batters. After Maddox struck out sophomore Brett DeLoach, redshirt sophomore Kevin Ruiz (3-for-4) rifled a double down the left-field line. A fly ball to left field by junior Joey Delmonico advanced Ruiz to third base with two down and Maddox countered with a game-ending strikeout of junior Colby May to nail down the win and collect his team-leading fifth save.

The Bulldogs had opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning against freshman righty Karsten Whitson (Chipley, Fla.) on an infield RBI single by sophomore Kyle Farmer. Junior Levi Hyams had led off with a double down the left-field line that was just out of Pigott’s reach. A grounder by junior Lance Martin moved Hyams to third and Farmer came through with a single to the lip on the outfield grass to put UGA on the board.

Georgia took advantage of a wild pitch to take a 2-0 lead in the second frame. DeLoach drew a one-out walk and went to third on a double into left field by Ruiz. Whitson struck out junior Carson Schilling but then issued a free pass to May that loaded the bases with two down. The righty let loose an errant pitch that brought home DeLoach and advanced the other runners into scoring position. Hyams walked to re-load the sacks and Whitson retired Martin on a bunt to prevent any more damage.

Fontana tied the game at 2-2 with a two-run homer in the third off sophomore Patrick Boling. Pigott started the frame with a walk and stole second for his team-leading 13th theft before Fontana belted his fourth big fly to right field. Junior Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) was hit by a pitch with two down and later went to third on a failed pickoff attempt by Boling. Sophomore Mike Zunino (Cape Coral, Fla.) walked for runners on the corners and senior John Herman replaced Boling (2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R) on the mound. The reliever had Maddox ground out to strand the runners.

Whitson retired seven-consecutive batters before yielding a one-out single to junior Peter Verdin with one down in the sixth. Junior Nick Maronde (Lexington, Ky.) took over for Whitson, who gave up five hits over 5.1 innings, with three strikeouts and three walks. The southpaw struck out junior Chase Davidson and had DeLoach ground out to keep the contest deadlocked through six innings.

Pigott opened the seventh with a walk, prompting a pitching change for the Bulldogs. Swegman relieved Herman (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R) and had Dent pop up a bunt attempt and Fontana fly out to center field. Pigott moved into scoring position with his second stolen base of the game but Swegman had senior Bryson Smith (Watkinsville, Ga.) line out to right field.

Ruiz singled through the left side to begin the home part of the frame, ending the two-thirds of an inning stint for Maronde. Delmonico greeted junior Greg Larson (Longwood, Fla.) with a grounder right in front of the plate on a hit-and-run that pushed Ruiz to second base. Larson had May fly out to center, leaving the runner on second, and sophomore Steven Rodriguez (Miami, Fla.) was summoned from the bullpen. The lefty had Hyams fly out to complete the inning.

Rodriguez walked freshman Conor Welton to start UGA’s eighth and was replaced by Toledo, who fanned Farmer and Verdin before having a fielder’s choice by Davidson force Welton at second base to end the stanza.

GAME NOTES
• Florida goes to 44-16 for the season and Georgia falls to 31-30.

• Sunday’s championship game between Florida and Vanderbilt will be just the second time since 1996 that two Eastern Division teams will meet for the title (2004 – South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt).

• Regardless of tomorrow’s outcome, an Eastern Division team will be the SEC Tournament Champion for just the third time since 1996 (South Carolina 2004; Vanderbilt 2007).

Florida -

• The Gators will make their first SEC Tournament championship game appearance since 2000.

• This was Florida's 16th comeback win of the season.

• Nolan Fontana slugged his fourth home run of the season in the third inning. The two run home run tied the game up and gave Fontana his 38th and 39th RBI of the season.

• Daniel Pigott stole his fourth and fifth base of the SEC Tournament on Saturday night, giving him 14 stolen bases on the season. He now leads all players in stolen bases in the tournament.

• The Gators only had three hits through the first seven innings. Two of those hits were singles by Bryson Smith, who is now 7-for-14 in the 2011 SEC Tournament.

• With his two hits, Smith now has nine multi-hit games this season.

• Daniel Pigott only had one official at-bat in the game which was a fly-out. In two out of his other three plate appearances, he walked and then stole second base.

• Tommy Toledo made his second appearance in the tournament on Saturday night. Two out of the first three batters he faced were strikeouts, bringing his tournament total to eight, which is second most by a pitcher this week.

• Designated hitter Vickash Ramjit hit a double in the top of the ninth inning. It's only his third extra base hit of the season.

• As a team, Florida had four stolen bases in the game. The last time Florida had four stolen bases in a game was against Bethune-Cookman on May 3, 2011.

• Austin Maddox made his 18th appearance of the year in the ninth inning and held the lead for his fifth save of the season. Maddox now drops his ERA to 0.78 for the year.

Georgia -

• Starting pitcher Patrick Boling pitched 2.2 innings and gave up a season high two earned runs on two hits, while giving up a home run.

• Pitcher Blake Dieterich made his first plate appearance of the season in the fourth inning. It was also his first career at-bat and he struck out looking.

• First baseman Kevin Ruiz went 3-for-4 with a single and two doubles in the game. That gives Ruiz four multi-hit games on the season and two three hit games.

• The Bulldogs had three errors in the game. Two were made in the sixth inning by Colby May and those are his first errors of the year.

• Georgia is now 8-6 when committing two errors or more.

• Relief pitcher John Herman threw a season high 3.1 innings on Saturday night along with a season high two strikeouts.

2011 SEC Tourney Game # 12 UGA 4 Florida 3

2011 SEC Baseball Tournament


Day Four

Game #12 -- #5 Georgia 4, #3 Florida 3

Georgia Downs Florida 4-3, Forces Second Game

HOOVER, Ala. - In all likelihood, Georgia has clinched an NCAA Regional bid with its 4-3 win over third-ranked Florida Saturday in the SEC Tournament at Regions Park.

The Bulldogs (31-29), who have played the nation’s toughest rated schedule and own an RPI of No. 16, have won three in a row here to assure it will finish the tournament with the NCAA required record above .500. After falling to third-ranked Vanderbilt 10-0 on Wednesday where they managed just one hit, the Bulldogs have won three straight elimination games, beating Auburn, top-ranked South Carolina and now the Gators. USC, Florida and the Commodores shared this season’s SEC title. Georgia’s win over Florida forced a semifinal rematch with the Gators that is scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. CT Saturday. The winner takes on Vanderbilt in Sunday’s final.

In game one Saturday, Georgia (31-29) went on top 2-0 in the first with a two-out rally. Junior second baseman Levi Hyams led off the game with a base hit and then Florida left-hander Brian Johnson came back to strikeout centerfielder Conor Welton and shortstop Kyle Farmer. Junior left fielder Zach Cone laced a run-scoring triple. It was his second this year and 11th of his career. Cone scored on a throwing error by Johnson as he tried to retire designated hitter Brett DeLoach. On a 2-2 count to Jonathan Hester, Johnson bounced one in the dirt and Hester started towards second base. Catcher Mike Zunino’s throw hit a kneeling Johnson in the side of the head as DeLoach took third. Johnson was forced to leave the game on a stretcher, and Florida brought in Anthony DeSclafani who recorded the final out.

The Gators (43-16) responded with a two-out rally of their own and chased sophomore left-hander Earl Daniels who was making his first career start. After a leadoff walk to Nolan Fontana, he retired Bryson Smith before issuing a walk to Preston Tucker. He retired Zunino, the SEC Player of the Year, on a flyout and then designated hitter Tyler Thompson, who entered the game for Johnson who also hits when he pitches, lined a two-run double to tie the contest. Georgia looked to junior left-hander Chase Hawkins who got the final out of the first. Hawkins and the Bulldogs dodged a bullet in the second when the Gators loaded the bases with two outs. Hawkins gave up a single to Cody Dent, hit Fontana with a pitch and walked Bryson Smith to bring up Tucker. Hawkins got him to pop out to third to keep it 2-2.

In the third, the Bulldogs strung together three consecutive singles from Welton, Farmer and then Cone who notched his second RBI of the afternoon. DeLoach delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. In the bottom of the frame, Georgia turned to junior right-hander Michael Palazzone who made just his second relief appearance of the season to go with 15 starts. He started the first game of the SEC Tournament on Wednesday, going six innings and allowing six runs in a 10-0 loss to third-ranked Vanderbilt.

The Gators made it a one-run affair after a two-out throwing error by third baseman Colby May allowed a run to score. May was in the lineup for the injured Curt Powell who was hit by a pitch from Gamecock closer Matt Price in Friday’s win over top-ranked South Carolina. Powell has a cracked bone in his left hand as a result of being hit by a pitch. The Gators had a chance for more with two in scoring position but Palazzone retired Tucker on a groundout.

Palazzone gave the Bulldogs four innings, allowing just one unearned run on three hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Georgia looked to sophomore right-hander Bryan Benzor to start the bottom of the seventh with the Bulldogs clinging to a 4-3 advantage. Benzor provided two more scoreless innings and then sophomore Tyler Maloof came on in the ninth. He registered his 18th save to tie the school record he now shares with Joshua Fields, a first round draft pick in 2008 by Seattle.

Georgia won in front of injured teammate Johnathan Taylor, who suffered a broken neck in an outfield collision earlier this season in a game against Florida State. On Monday, the team stopped by the Shepherd Center in Atlanta where he is doing rehabilitation. He told the team that if they made it to Saturday in the SEC Tournament, he would be in Hoover for the big game. Taylor was in the dugout with his teammates to witness the victory.

“This was a huge win, and really the past two wins have been two of the biggest for this program,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “This team has fought hard all year and to come back from the way we started here Wednesday says a lot about them. It was extra special to have J.T. (Taylor) here, and the guys were real excited. It was an emotional start to the game and then they had their starting pitcher go down, and it was tight all the way. We came through for him earlier this year when J.T. came to the Tech game at Turner Field, and I was so happy we were able to do it again today. This means a lot for everybody associated with the program. ”

“Bryan (Benzor) and Michael (Palazzone) were outstanding again today, a gritty performance and of course, Tyler (Maloof) did his thing in the ninth,” Perno added.

The Bulldogs are now 11-5 in one-run games this year including 8-2 in league contests. Georgia is now 16-17 against top 25 teams this year, and that leads the SEC. The NCAA announces the tournament field of 64 on Monday at 12:30 p.m. ET live on ESPN.

2011 SEC Baseball Tournament

Game 12 – Saturday, May 28 – 12:30 p.m.

#5 Georgia vs. #3 Florida

GAME NOTES

• Georgia moves to 31-29 on the season, while Florida falls to 43-17.
Georgia -

• With the win, the Bulldogs are now 11-5 in one-run games this season.

• Left fielder Zach Cone went 2-for-2 in Saturday's game. It's his second straight multi-hit game and 17th of the season.

• The top four batters in Georgia's lineup provided the offense in the game. Levi Hyams, Conor Welton, Kyle Farmer, and Zach Cone combined to go 6-for-16 (.375), while the rest of the team went a combined 3-for-27 (.111).

• Designated hitter Brett DeLoach went 2-for-3 on Saturday, marking 8th multi-hit game of the season.

• DeLoach's single in the sixth inning also extends his current hitting streak to six games.

• Starting pitcher Earl Daniels pitched only two-thirds of an inning in the game. It's the second straight appearance he has not pitched one full inning.

• Relief pitcher Michael Palazzone successfully performed a pick-off of Mike Zunino at first base in the fifth inning. It's the 12th pick-off for Georgia this season and the first for Palazzone.

• Closing pitcher Tyler Maloof got the close on Saturday afternoon. It's his second straight and SEC leading 18th of the season.

Florida -

• The loss is head coach Kevin O' Sullivan's third only loss to the Bulldogs in his career (10-3).

• Starting pitcher Brian Johnson faced only five batters in the first inning before having to leave the game with an injury.

• Pitcher Anthony DeSclafani pitched 7.1 innings in the game. It is the longest outing of career.

• DeSclafani's four strikeouts ties his season high. The last time he had four strikeouts in a game was against Jacksonville on May 17th.

• Third baseman Cody Dent had two hits on the day. It's his second multi-hit game of the season.

• Daniel Pigott had a stolen base in the fourth inning. He's now tied with Vanderbilt's Tony Kemp for most stolen bases in the 2011 SEC Tournament (3).

• As a team, Florida swiped three bags in the game, bringing their season total to 50 (sixth in the SEC).

• Center fielder Bryson Smith went 1-for-2 against Georgia on Saturday. In five career games against the Bulldogs, Smith is 7-for-16 (.438). Smith is also now 5-10 (.500) in the SEC Tournament this year, good for second highest average in the tournament.

• Pitcher Keenan Kish was called for a balk in the ninth inning and is the sixth balk called on the Gators this season.