Notes and Quotes: UGA Game 2
--Marcus Mooney missed Saturday’s game with a left hip pointer. He’s listed as day-to-day. DC Arendas for him at shortstop. It was Arendas’ second start this season at short.
--Madison Stokes made his third start of the season at second base and hit second in the lineup. It was the highest he’s hit this year.
--John Jones, who went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts tonight, hit sixth Saturday. It was the lowest he’s been in the order since opening day when he also hit sixth.
--Georgia had season-high 16 hits against the Gamecocks. Their 13 runs were also a season high.
--Announced attendance was 3,628.
--Alex Destino left the game in the fifth inning after straining his hamstring. TJ Hopkins replaced him. Clark Scolamiero replaced Thompson-Williams in left at the start of the sixth inning and Hunter Taylor came in to catch for Chris Cullen.
--LT Tolbert was also pinch-hit for in the seventh by Matt Williams, who eventually took over first base. Marcus Mooney did not play because of a left hip pointer.
--Holbrook said he’s not sure if Destino or Mooney will play Sunday and he’ll have to see how they do when they get to the park tomorrow.
--South Carolina has been outscored by its opponents 29-3 over their last three games. The team is 1-2 in those games.
--Gene Cone extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a two-run home run in the ninth inning.
Holbrook on the offseason slump: “You don’t come out of it until you bang a few around. And right now we’re not banging a few around.”
Holbrook on playing Jones: “I don’t want to rest his mind when we only get thirty league games. And I don’t want my best players on the bench…Right now he’s not feeling good about himself, but it only takes one swing.”
Webb on his short outing: “Did things fall the way I wanted them to? No. But hats off to them, they cam out ready to hit after Clarke’s great performance last night.”
Webb on the team’s three-run ninth: “We’re down 13 to 1 at that point, there’s nothing more you can ask for than a team that comes out and competes. Things just didn’t go the way we wanted them to tonight.”
Arendas on morale: “Morale’s good; obviously we want to play better. We have to execute at a high level because every team we play is good. It’s difficult to win on the road in this league but we do have a chance to win the series tomorrow, so that’s what our focus is.”
Arendas on the defense: “There were a couple balls that just got through, but you got to give them credit. They were putting good swings on it. I think as a defense we could have made some plays, but we didn’t do enough offensively to answer that eight-run inning.”