Tuesday Jan. 20, 2009
ATHENS-----Georgia is ranked No. 14 in the Baseball America Preseason
Top 25 released Tuesday. Texas A&M holds the top spot in the poll
followed by LSU, North Carolina, Texas and Cal State Fullerton to
round out the top five.
The Bulldogs are among five Southeastern Conference schools ranked in
the top 25. LSU is second, Ole Miss sixth, Alabama No. 21, and
Arkansas is ranked 22nd.
The staff of Baseball America determines the Top 25 rankings.
Georgia returns six starting position players in 2009 including Bryce
Massanari (.325, 11 HR, 65 RBI), Matt Cerione (.303, 7 HR, 33 RBI),
Michael Demperio (.238, 2 HR, 16 RBI), Joey Lewis (.264, 6 HR, 38
RBI), Rich Poythress (.374, 15 HR, 75 RBI) and 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.