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Georgia's Moreau gets start against Stanford

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 06/20/08

Omaha, Neb. The moment Nathan Moreau's waited on for two years has finally arrived. He's been named the starting pitcher for Georgia in Saturday's College World Series game against Stanford.

Because of the rainout on Thursday night, Georgia's game against Stanford was pushed from Friday to Saturday. Bulldogs coach David Perno decided to switch the rotation and move Moreau up a day.

lot of big-game experience for us."

Moreau, a left-hander from Parkview High, was a freshman on the Georgia team that qualified for the 2006 CWS, but didn't get a chance to pitch.

"I'm ready to get out there," Moreau said. "I'm ready to contribute a little more. I'll be glad to get my opportunity."

Moreau (4-3) pitched in 16 games for Georgia this season, 15 as a starter, and has a 4-3 record with a 5.27 ERA. In 68-1/3 innings the junior has walked 32 and struck out 53.

Trevor Holder had been scheduled to start the Stanford game.

"It would have been tough to run Trevor out there and back Nathan up another day," Perno said.

Perno said the rotation after Moreau would be Holder and Nick Montgomery, the Game 1 and Game 2 starters.

Moreau said he anticipates a few nerves when he takes the mound.

"I'm sure the first pitch, I might be a little nervous," he said. "You just go with it, block everybody out and just pitch your game. Once you get out there and start doing what you doing, you tend to forget about everything else."

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OMAHA, NE When the SEC Championship was up for grabs, Georgia head coach David Perno had no qualms relying on sophomore Nathan Moreau.

That proved quite successful as Moreau came through with a solid outing and Georgia claimed its sixth SEC title in school history with a win against Vanderbilt.

Now Perno hopes that the left hander from Parkview will be able to secure an even bigger accomplishment a berth in the national championship series in the College World Series.

As Georgia's game today was pushed back to Saturday because of inclement weather, Perno decided to go with Moreau instead of Trevor Holder, who would have started today, for the game against Stanford in part because Moreau was already scheduled to start in the Saturday if necessary game.

Nathan was going Saturday. We've been out there too long and he hasn't thrown and he needs to get out there, Perno said.

The other part of this change is that it saves Georgia's no. 1 starter Holder for either the national championship opener, or for an elimination game on Sunday.

It'd be tough to run Trevor out there and back (Moreau) up another day and if things don't work out then all of a sudden you're running a guy out there when your season's in limbo, the biggest game of the year, and you're running a guy out there who hasn't pitched in two weeks. So I think tomorrow will take a little bit of that pressure off him, Perno said.

Moreau for one isn't worried about the additional rest he's gotten.

The way I look at it is I've missed one start. I threw two Saturdays ago, so I missed last Saturday and jump into this Saturday. Along the way I've been throwing bullpen the whole time, staying on schedule. I don't really see it as missing too much other than giving my arm rest and feeling refreshed, he said.

Holder thinks that the change sets things up quite well for the team, and is confident in his fellow hurler's ability to get done.

I think the main thing was we needed to get Nate out there. He's been sitting a while. And he's due, he said. We know he's going to give us a good start. And hes going to compete his butt off of for us.

Moreau's had a bit of an up and down year this season, but Perno thinks that he's been getting back on the right track at the right time of the year.

Out of all the starters we've run out there this year, he's still got the best career record. Early in the year he was really, really good and we just couldn't hold leads late in the game, but we've solidified our bullpen. He hit a little slide in the middle of the year where he was really fighting it an and our bullpen was picking him up. Toward the end of the year he started throwing the ball much harder and I expect he'll throw it extremely well tomorrow, Perno said.

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