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Athens Regional preview: 1) Georgia vs. 3) Louisville

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We'll go without the open thread this afternoon since it wasn't too effective last night.

It's the proverbial fight or flight moment.

1) GEORGIA BULLDOGS (35-22-1) vs. 3) LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (41-20)

Game Time: 3 p.m.

Site: Foley Field: Athens, Ga.

Television: ICN2/CSS

Radio: 1450 AM/CSTV Gametracker

Probable Starting Lineups

GEORGIA

1. Ryan Peisen (3B), .336
2. Matt Olson (RF), .296
3. Gordon Beckham (SS), .390
4. Rich Poythress (1B), .358
5. Bryce Massanari (DH), .333
6. Matt Cerione (CF), .276
7. Joey Lewis (C), .238
8. Lyle Allen (LF), .266
9. David Thoms (2B), .212

LOUISVILLE

1. John Dao (SS), .354
2. Josh Richmond (LF), .280
3. Justin McClanahan (2B), .375
4. Chris Dominguez (3B), .371
5. Stewart Ijames (RF), .337
6. Jeff Arnold (C), .333
7. Andrew Clark (1B), .326
8. Phil Wunderlich (DH), .266
9. Drew Haynes (CF), .287

Starting Lineup Notes

--Georgia has used a number of different starting lineups in recent weeks, so don't be surprised if what you see this afternoon looks dissimilar to what's posted above.

--Bulldog second basemen David Thoms and Miles Starr have been splitting the starting duties since the last week of the regular season.

--After Josh Richmond's 0-for-5 performance on Friday, Dan McDonnell may elect to bump Drew Haynes back up to the two slot, or promote Phil Wunderlich - who doubled yesterday and will start against the UGA righty - to the spot.

Probable Starting Pitchers

GEORGIA

Georgia head coach David Perno set his pitching rotation for this weekend before the Regional got started, and he'll stick with junior right-hander Trevor Holder (7-4, 4.48 ERA) despite yesterday's disappointing loss. Holder had been the Dawgs' No. 1 starter all season,  but a strained right shoulder forced him to miss the last two weeks of the season. This will be his first action since a May 9 start against Vanderbilt.

LOUISVILLE

The Cardinals will hand the ball to another demoted former No. 1 starter, Zack Pitts (6-5, 4.74 ERA). The 2007 Big East Pitcher of the Year has had a disappointing senior season, allowing 49 runs in 74 innings, and allowing opponents to hit .286 off of him. He comes into this afternoon's game off of a performance in the Big East Tournament where he allowed three runs on six hits and lasted just two innings. It really could be either extreme for each starting pitcher today.

Notable and Quotable

--Louisville faced Georgia in a 2002 Regional game, falling 7-1.

--"When you have the veterans we have and when you have the pitching staff, it's do-able. We've got to win a game. We've been scuffling now for a couple weeks. Hopefully, we'll get back on track." --Georgia head coach David Perno

What Happens Next

The winner will move on to play the loser of today's Lipscomb/Georgia Tech game at 2 p.m. tomorrow, while it's the end of the season for the loser.

GO CARDS.