After Georgia and South Carolina split the first two games, Sunday's finale was canceled due to weather. It's unclear who got the better end of that deal; Dawg Sports believes that Georgia likely would have lost and that the Dawgs caught a break courtesy of Mother Nature (by the way, Happy Mother's Day to any moms reading this blog), but considering that we would have again been without Colby Holmes, it's hard to say. Forrest Koumas pitched well in place of Holmes last week, but Koumas has had a shaky year, and there's no guarantee that he would have had good stuff today. We also went deep into our bullpen on Friday and Saturday, which might have come into play. Regardless, it is what it is, and the game won't be made up.
Fans were treated to good baseball the first two nights. Friday night's game was a pitcher's duel, with Michael Roth and UGA ace Alex Wood delivering anticipated gems. The Gamecocks finally got to the Dawgs in the seventh with L.B. Dantzler's solo home run and later added a couple of insurance runs before Matt Price came in for the save in the 3-0 win. South Carolina gave up only five hits on the evening. Saturday would be different. Georgia starter Michael Pallazone delivered another good start for UGA, but Jordan Montgomery was shaky again, giving up five runs early and leaving the game in the fourth inning. Carolina's middle relief kept things close, which gave Carolina the opportunity it needed to tie things up in the ninth, sending the game to extra innings. However, Price wouldn't come through this time around, and Georgia won on a walk-off single in the tenth.
If there's one thing to take away from the weekend, it's that Carolina has some questions on its pitching staff. First of all, Montgomery had another shaky outing, and you have to wonder if Ray Tanner isn't going to consider pulling him from his weekend starting role in favor of Koumas once Holmes returns. Second of all, Price also struggled over the weekend, giving up a couple of hits in Friday's save and then letting Georgia walk off on Saturday. Price's numbers are still impressive in some regards, so perhaps it's premature to begin questioning him, but it goes without saying that we need him pitching better than he did this weekend.
Since the Gamecocks and UGA will have played one less league game than the other teams in the conference, the championship could be decided by a half game. Currently, Carolina is 17-9, while Kentucky is 18-9 after sweeping 'Bama and LSU is 17-10 after losing its series to Vandy. (Florida is 16-11, so they're still in it for the East but would need a lot of help.) Needless to say, whatever happens, Carolina needs to win the series against LSU. If it only wins two of three, Carolina then needs some help from Mississippi St., which hosts UK. If both teams go 2-1, then Kentucky wins by a half game. That may seem a bit unfair, but then again, we had our chances to take one of those games in Lexington, and it may come back to bite us now.