Georgia Baseball Team Opens Conference Play with the Wildcats

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Georgia Baseball Team Opens Conference Play with the Wildcats

Georgia pitcher Robert Tyler (22) (Photo by David Barnes)
Georgia pitcher Robert Tyler (22)
(Photo by David Barnes)

Georgia (13-5, 0-0 SEC) plays host to Kentucky (12-4, 0-0 SEC) in a three-game SEC series starting Friday at 7:04 p.m. Game two of the series will be Saturday at 2:02 p.m.with Sunday’s first pitch at 1:02 p.m.
Friday’s game will be available on SEC Network+ and part of the SEC Network’s “Bases Loaded Coverage” of Opening Night in the SEC while Saturday and Sunday’s contests will be on the SEC Network. All games will be carried on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network from IMG.
Rotation Remains the Same: Georgia will stick with its regular rotation for the SEC opening series with Kentucky. Junior RHP Robert Tyler (1-1, 3.38 ERA) takes his turn on Fridayfollowed by redshirt senior Heath Holder (0-1, 1.99 ERA) and junior LHP Connor Jones (3-0, 3.15 ERA). Holder and Jones are in their first year as starters. In his career, Tyler has made two starts against UK and is 1-0, 3.00 ERA in 12 IP with no walks and seven strikeouts. It was his fine performance over UK as a freshman here in 2014 that clinched Georgia’s spot in the SEC Tournament (7 IP, 8H, 3R, 0BB, 3K).
The Wildcats will counter with a veteran trio of junior RHP Zack Brown (1-2, 4.95 ERA), senior RHP Dustin Beggs (4-0, 0.94 ERA) and senior RHP Kyle Cody (2-1, 5.40 ERA).
Series Preview: Georgia (13-5, 0-0 SEC) enters the UK series on a five-game winning streak, the team’s longest stretch of success this season. The Bulldogs have already registered four walk-off wins and are 3-1 in extra innings this year. Eight games have lasted at least three hours including a pair that have eclipsed the four-hour mark.
Last weekend against Lipscomb, Georgia won the opener 9-8 in 11 innings on a walk-off walk and then clinched the series Saturday with a 1-0 walk-off courtesy of freshman pinch-hitterMichael Curry’s RBI-single to end a pitching duel. They completed a sweep with an 8-2 win Sunday and then went on the road and beat Kennesaw State 4-2 Tuesday. The road win over the Owls featured three solo home runs by the Bulldogs and another solid start from freshman LHP Kevin Smith. Kentucky saw its nine-game winning streak snap this past Tuesday when Western Kentucky beat them 14-6. Earlier this year, Georgia fell 8-7 to the Hilltoppers in Athens.
In last weekend’s Lipscomb series, Georgia hit .257 and posted a 2.79 ERA, limiting the Bison to 10 runs and a .192 batting average. Offensively, Georgia was led by junior CF Stephen Wrenn in the first two games, going 4-for-9 with two RBI and 12 putouts. On Sunday, Wrenn was scratched from the lineup due to an illness, and his replacement, freshman Logan Moody, enjoyed a career day. He went 4-for-5 with his first career home run and four putouts. Sophomore LF Keegan McGovern added five hits and five RBI in the series and then blasted his team and SEC-leading fifth home run against KSU Tuesday to give him a team-best 20 RBI. Wrenn saw his nine-game hitting streak end Tuesday after going 0-for-4 against Kennesaw State.
Junior C/RF Skyler Weber owns a career-best 13-game hitting streak. Freshman catcher Michael Curry is 4-for-4 as a pinch-hitter with two home runs and 5 RBI this year. He smacked a pinch-hit three homer to give the Bulldogs a 4-2 lead against Charlotte at BB&T Ballpark on March 8 and then delivered a pinch-hit game-winning RBI-single over Lipscomb in Saturday’s 1-0 thriller.
In records dating back to 1950, Georgia holds a 120-87-1 edge versus Kentucky. Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin leads the Bulldogs. Gary Henderson coaches the Wildcats. In 2012, Coach Scott Stricklin’s Kent State squad outlasted #13 Kentucky 7-6 in 21 innings in the opening round of an NCAA Regional in Gary, Ind. The game was the second longest in NCAA Tournament history, 6:37! KSU went on to win the regional, a Super Regional at Oregon and advanced to the College World Series where it finished tied for fith.
Georgia won a series over UK last year in Lexington 2-1. The Bulldogs dropped game one 6-2 and then posted wins of 12-3 and 6-1 in 10 innings.
TV: SEC Network +: (Friday): Matt Stewart/Jason Jacobs; SEC Network: (Sat./Sun). Dave Neal/Chris Burke
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (David Johnston/Jeff Dantzler)

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
Video Links For Georgia-UK Series (March 18-20)
Fri. 7:04 pm on SEC Network+ via “Bases Loaded” coverage (Matt Stewart, Jason Jacobs)
Sat. 2:02 pm on SEC Network (Dave Neal, Chris Burke)
Sun. 1:02 pm on SEC Network (Dave Neal, Chris Burke)
Foley Field Ticket Information
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; Note: UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street; Foley Field Ticket Booth opens two hours before game time.
Promotions This Weekend
Friday: First 750 fans receive a Georgia Beanie.

Saturday: Play Catch in the Outfield after the game

Sunday: Anthem Buddies Before the game; Kids Run the Bases after the game




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