Preview of SEC Tournament Game 4 (5)Georgia at (4)Vanderbilt

Preview of SEC Tournament Game 4 (5)Georgia at (4)Vanderbilt
May 25, 2011, 4:27 pm
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HOOVER, Ala. In the final game of Wednesdays first day ofthe Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament, the No. 5 seed Georgia (28-28,16-14) plays the No. 4 seed Vanderbilt (44-9, 22-8 SEC) in a rematch of thethree-game series just concluded where the Commodores took 2-of-3 games.First pitch will occur approximately 30 minutes after theconclusion of the Auburn-South Carolina game and will be broadcast on CSS.
Junior Michael Palazzone will pitch for the Bulldogs.Palazzone is 9-3 with a 3.17 ERA this season and is coming off of acomplete-game victory over Vanderbilt on May 19. Palazzone is 1-2 in the monthof May and has given up 17 earned runs in 22 13 innings.Vanderbilt will counter with freshman T.J. Pecoraro, who is7-0 this season with a 1.73 ERA. Pecoraro pitched 3 13 innings on May 20against Georgia in relief and held the Bulldogs scoreless to earn the victory.
With an overall record of 28-28, Georgia needs to win threegames this week to be eligible for an at-large bid into the NCAA BaseballTournament. To qualify, teams must have better than a .500 record on the seasonand in a double-elimination tournament like the SECs, Georgia will need threewins to counter-balance the two likely losses. MichaelPalazzone has nine wins this season and six have been against ranked opponents.He has victories over Vanderbilt, LSU, Florida State, Mississippi State,Arkansas and Florida. Georgiahas never won the SEC Tournament and is 1-5 all-time against Vanderbilt. TheBulldogs have three second place finishes in 1985, 1986 and 1989. TheBulldogs have qualified for the SEC Tournament 18 times through history andhave an overall record of 25-36. Georgiahas played every other team in the tournament field this season, going 10-9 andwinning two series (Arkansas and Mississippi State) while losing four (SouthCarolina, Florida, Vanderbilt and Auburn). The Bulldogs played one game inMarch against Alabama, winning 6-3. TheCommodores have an all-time record of 96-117 against Georgia. T.J.Pecoraro entered last Fridays game against Georgia with two runners on baseand two outs. His strikeout ended a Bulldog rally and Pecoraro continued tostrike out five more batters in three innings. His start on Wednesday is a wayto rest the weekend rotation, but also a look at his potential place among theVanderbilt starters in 2012. Vanderbiltplayed a series against every team represented in the tournament field. TheCommodores went 14-7 and won the season series over Arkansas, Georgia,Mississippi State, Alabama and Auburn. They lost series against South Carolinaand Florida.

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