Results: The Bulldogs went 1-2 this week, losing the season finale against Georgia Tech 8-6 and splitting a weekend series against No. 3 South Carolina. The Bulldogs won 6-5 in 10 innings Saturday after falling 3-0 in Friday’s series opener. Sunday’s rubber match with South Carolina was rained out and will not be made up. Georgia has clinched a spot in the 10-team SEC tournament in Hoover, Ala.
Georgia record: 29-22 (13-13 SEC)
Highlight of the week: After its bullpen relinquished a 5-1 lead in the ninth inning against South Carolina on Saturday, Georgia manufactured the game-winning run in the 10th. Peter Verdin led off the inning with a single, stole second, moved to third on a Colby May groundout to second and then scored on Joey Delmonico’s single to left field.
Top offensive performer: Delmonico went 4-for-8 this week, including his clutch 3-for-5 performance with two RBIs and a run in Saturday’s key win against South Carolina. His partner on the winning play, Verdin, was 7-for-13 for the week, including a 4-for-5 effort Saturday.
Top pitching performer: Michael Palazzone. Palazzone deserved a better fate Saturday after pitching 7 innings and allowing just one unearned run. The senior, who struck out seven, gave up six hits and walked none, left with a 5-1 lead that Georgia’s bullpen blew.
Key statistic: Since falling to 0-4 this season with an April 7 loss to Arkansas, Palazzone has returned to his ace form of 2011. In five starts since, he is 2-0 with a 2.91 ERA with 28 strikeouts and just two walks in 34 innings.
Up next: After hosting East Tennessee State on Tuesday, Georgia will visit Alabama for its final SEC series of the season between Thursday and Saturday. The Bulldogs will then compete in the SEC tournament, which runs May 23-27 in Hoover.