Moreau is content to be Dogs No. 3 man

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OMAHA, Neb. --- Nathan Moreau didn't get his chance two years ago. He has yet to get an opportunity this year, too.

Georgia's No. 3 starter didn't appear in Georgia's brief 2006 College World Series showing and has been itching to get his turn this week.

But Moreau isn't disappointed even though he won't start Georgia's third game of the CWS on Friday.

He will likely see action either Saturday or Monday.

"Being out here is awesome," he said. "If we happen to lose (Friday), I would pitch the Saturday game. If we win, I would pitch the next game. Either way, I'm gonna get an opportunity to come out and contribute."

Georgia coach David Perno named Trevor Holder, the team's ace, as the starter for Friday. Holder pitched four innings in the Bulldogs' 7-4 victory over top-ranked Miami last Saturday, but received a no-decision.

Moreau (4-3, 5.27 ERA) has not made an appearance since Georgia lost 10-6 to North Carolina State in the Super Regional on June 7. He went 2w innings, allowing four earned runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out two.

The junior's last victory came on June 1 against Lipscomb in the Regional. He allowed three runs on eight hits in seven innings. He didn't allow a walk and struck out six.

Perno said his starting pitching rotation will be Holder, Moreau and Nick Montgomery. He wants Holder to be ready to pitch again if the seventh-ranked Bulldogs reach the national championship series next week.

Both Holder and Montgomery lasted four and three innings, respectively, in Georgia's two wins Saturday and Monday. Then the Bulldogs' bullpen took over.

"That's been our deal all year," Perno said. "We're a pass-the-baton pitching staff. We've got guys who can get the tough outs. ... It doesn't matter who pitches the innings as long as we get through them."

When Moreau gets his first CWS appearance, he said he ideally wants to pitch several innings before handing it over to a reliever.

"You're playing the best teams in the country out here," he said. "The goal of starting pitching is to keep the team in the game. With the lineup we have, you can come back late, which we've done both times. And with our bullpen it's not like a knife in the back if you don't last that long."

Reach Jennifer Iannone at jennifer.iannone@onlineathens.com.

THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE


WEDNESDAY


GAME 9: Stanford 8, Miami 3


TODAY


GAME 10: LSU (49-18-1) vs. North Carolina (52-13), 7 p.m.


FRIDAY


GAME 11: Georgia (43-23-1) vs. Stanford (41-23-2), 2 p.m.


GAME 12: Fresno State (44-29) vs. Winner Game 10, 7 p.m.

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