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Long layoff won't affect Bulldogs

POSTED: June 24, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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Joshua Fields and the Bulldogs are one win away from the College World Series championship series.

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OMAHA, Neb. — The sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs worked out for 90 minutes at Creighton University on Friday as they get set to play their third game at the College World Series. After practice, Georgia head coach David Perno announced that junior left-hander Nathan Moreau would get the start.

The Bulldogs (43-23-1) were slated to play the Cardinal (41-23-2) on Friday but showers in the Omaha area forced the postponement of the LSU-North Carolina elimination game Thursday.

For Georgia, it marked its fourth straight off day following its win over Stanford 4-3 on Monday. The Bulldogs are 2-0 in their bracket while the Cardinal eliminated top-ranked Miami on Wednesday. Georgia needs to win one more game to advance to the national championship best-of-three game series, which will still begin Monday. Meanwhile, the Cardinal would need to defeat Georgia on Saturday and Sunday to win the bracket.

“We can’t control the weather or the schedule, so we just worry about what we can control and that’s playing good baseball,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “We’ve got good leaders, some veterans and they know how to handle it and the young guys look up to them.

“We’ve decided to go with Nathan Moreau on Saturday,” Perno added. “He needs to get out there and pitch because it’s been almost two weeks for him. He has won some big games for us in his career including clinching the SEC title this year at Vanderbilt.”

Moreau, a 6-foot-4, 221-pound native of Lilburn, is 18-6 in his career. Earlier this month, Moreau was selected in the 11th round of the MLB draft by the Baltimore Orioles. This season, he is 4-3 with a 5.27 ERA in 15 starts.

“We’re starting to feel like the people in “The Shining,” we’re stuck in the hotel,” said Bulldog senior third baseman Ryan Peisel. “We’ve played a lot of video games and practiced a lot. We’re trying not to watch the clock. We even played some marco-polo in the pool. We’re having fun but ready to play a baseball game again.”



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