BASEBALL: Georgia Cranks Up 3-Game Series vs. Blazers

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BASEBALL: Georgia Cranks Up 3-Game Series vs. Blazers

Kevin Smith - UGA Baseball Team
Kevin Smith
Pitcher for Georgia baseball team

The Georgia baseball team will host the UAB Blazers for a 3-game series over the weekend at Foley Field, with game one’s first pitch set for this evening at 5 p.m. ET.

Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin announced that the Bulldogs (3-5) will employ the same weekend rotation it has used the first two weeks with Kevin Smith, Tony Locey, and Chase Adkins.
Pitching Matchups For The Series

Friday – Game 1:
For Georgia – sophomore LHP Kevin Smith (1-1, 5.59 ERA)
For UAB – sophomore RHP Garrett Whitlock (2-0, 0.53 ERA)

Saturday – Game 2:
For Georgia – freshman RHP Tony Locey (1-1, 7.88 ERA)

Sunday – Game 3:
For Georgia – junior transfer RHP Chase Adkins (1-0, 4.09 ERA)
Here are a few tidbits regarding the Bulldogs:
Georgia leads the all-time series with UAB 4-0, and every game has been in Athens. They first met in 2000, a 10-inning affair that ended 9-8. In 2013, the Bulldogs swept a three-game set, winning 14-2, 6-2 and 13-2. Former Georgia head coach and College Baseball Hall of Famer Ron Polk, now 73, is in his ninth season as a volunteer coach on UAB’s staff led by Brian Shoop. Coach Shoop served under the legendary Polk at Miss. State from 1983-89. Polk was the head coach at Georgia for two seasons (2000-01), and in 2001, the Bulldogs won the SEC (for the first time since 1954), advanced to the College World Series (for the first time since 1990) and finished 47-22 (20-10 SEC) and ranked No. 7. Polk is one of only three coaches in college baseball history to take three different teams to the CWS (Ga. Southern, Miss. State & Georgia).
Georgia has already played five one-run games, going 2-3 in these tight contests. Despite 10 walks and four wild pitches by Kennesaw State, the Owls edged Georgia 5-4 this past Tuesday as the Bulldogs left 11 men on base. After the series with the Blazers, Xavier, Rider, Mercer and Presbyterian all visit in March before SEC play begins at nationally-ranked LSU on March 17.
Georgia is batting .264 with nine home runs, a 5.63 ERA and a .969 fielding percentage. The leading hitters are sophomore 1B Adam Sasser (.409-2-3) and junior OF Will Campbell (.333-2-3). Campbell hit .455 in helping Georgia win a road series over Ga. Southern last weekend. Sophomore C Michael Curry leads the team with 8 RBI while freshman 3B Aaron Schunk is next with seven.

Foley Field Ticket Information

Ticket Booth and Gates open two hours before first pitch.

Reserved Seat Tickets: $8; General Admission Tickets: $5; Order online or by calling 1-877-542-1231

UGA Student Tickets: Free Admission with valid UGA Student ID Card

UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street
Promotions For UAB Series

Friday: In honor of National Cold Cuts Day, during one inning break, Subway sandwiches will be delivered to the fans making the most noise.

Saturday: In honor of National Pound Cake Day, during inning breaks, lucky numbers will be called and those fans will receive a pound cake.

Sunday: Anthem Buddies: Kids can stand with their favorite player during the national anthem. Also after the game, kids can run the bases and play catch in the outfield for a brief time.

TV: SEC Network+: Friday-Sunday (Calling the game: Kaleb Frady, Jason Jacobs)

Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (Calling the game: Jeff Dantzler & David Johnston)

Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), and via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app.

Additional Coverage on Twitter: @BaseballUGA; GameTracker:
For the complete game notes for Georgia versus UAB, CLICK HERE.

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