Monday Dec. 22, 2008
ATHENS,GA-----Coming off a runner-up finish in the College World Series,
Georgia has been ranked No. 4 in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason
Poll released Monday. LSU holds the top spot in the poll followed by
North Carolina, Rice, Georgia and Stanford to round out the top five.
Georgia returns six starting position players including infielder
Bryce Massanari (.325, 11 HR, 65 RBI), outfielder Matt Cerione (.303,
7 HR, 33 RBI), infielder Michael Demperio (.238, 2 HR, 16 RBI),
catcher Joey Lewis (.264, 6 HR, 38 RBI), infielder Rich Poythress (.
374, 15 HR, 75 RBI) and outfielder/first baseman Lyle Allen (.274, 2
HR, 30 RBI). Pitchers Trevor Holder (8-4, 4.41 ERA), Alex McRee
(7-1, 3.98 ERA), Will Harvil (2-1, 4.88 ERA) and Dean Weaver (6-1,
4.24 ERA) also return.
Overall, the Bulldogs return 18 lettermen off the 2008 SEC
Championship squad that posted a 45-25-1 record and a consensus
number two final ranking in the national polls. Georgia has advanced
to the College World series three times in the past five years.