Foley’s Sunday Thoughts

AustinMaddox What has happened with the Georgia Bulldogs? They were absolutely blitzed by the Auburn Tigers over this weekend by a combined score of 43-9 over the three games. The Bulldogs pitching staff now has a team ERA of 8.22. They three weekend starters in Matt Grimm (1-2, 5.16 ERA), Michael Palazzone (3-2, 9.15 ERA) and Jeff Walters (0-2, 9.58 ERA) have all struggled mightily during the early portion of the schedule. If the Bulldogs do not get the pitching together, they will not be in the postseason at all.

 

I had my first look at Florida Gators freshman Austin Maddox in college over the weekend with the Florida Gators and was very impressed with his calm demeanor at the plate especially. He is currently hitting .367 while leading the team with six homers and 27 RBI.

The Stanford Cardinal completed a sweep this weekend over Pepperdine. Jordan Pries had the best pitching performance for the Cardinal as he pitched a complete game shutout on Saturday allowing only two hits and two walks as he struck out nine to get the win. Brett Mooneyham stepped up his game slightly this weekend as he allowed only one earned run on Friday as he lowered his ERA down to 8.62. If both Mooneyham and Pries can continue to dominate hitters, the Cardinal will be a tough opponent to take a Pac-10 series against.

Is Fullerton back now after sweeping Washington? They ended up outscoring the Huskies 34-13 in the three game set but my biggest question with the Titans is the starting pitching. Noe Ramirez started on Friday night and gave up five runs in eight innings while Daniel Renken started on Saturday giving up five runs in five innings of work. Kyle Mertins was strong on Sunday as he went eight shutout innings giving up six hits while walking nobody.