Georgia vs Clemson Baseball – the Bulldogs (20-17) continue a school-record 22-game stretch against ranked opponents by going to No. 22 Clemson (24-12) Tuesday. First pitch will be at 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3).
Did You Know?
Georgia improved to 6-8 against ranked teams after its SEC series win over No. 2 South Carolina. It marked the highest ranked series win since 2001 when the Bulldogs knocked off No. 2 LSU two games to one. After the Clemson game, Georgia heads to No. 2 Florida (33-5, 11-4 SEC) for an SEC series starting Thursday with all three games set to be televised.
Believe It Or Not?
One of the most bizarre Bulldog streaks of the season continued this past weekend as Georgia extended its stretch of consecutive solo home runs to 20. The Bulldogs crushed six home runs against the Gamecocks, including four in Sunday’s series-clinching 5-3 win. The Bulldogs have hit 29 home runs for the year, and the last time a runner was on base for a home run came on March 8 in the 13th game of the season. Freshman catcher Michael Curry delivered a pinch-hit, three-run blast against Charlotte at BB&T Ballpark. Currently, Curry is tied for the team-high with six home runs with five of those solo shots. He is heating up after batting .412 (7-for-17) last week to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors.
Georgia is batting .258 with an ERA of 4.37 and fielding .966 In SEC action, the Bulldogs are hitting .279 with a 5.71 ERA and fielding .958. Georgia’s top hitter is junior RF/C Skyler Weber (.323-2-22) and junior CF Stephen Wrenn (.290-3-19). Curry (.264-6-18) and senior DH/1B Daniel Nichols (.255-6-16) lead the club in home runs while junior LF Keegan McGovern (.269-5-26) is tops in RBI and among the league leaders in walks with 31.
Georgia Pitching Review:
In the pitching department last week, Georgia was led by junior LHP Andrew Gist (3-1, 2.95 ERA) as he beat #19 Ga. Tech in Atlanta with a career-high eight innings, allowing a solo home run to start the ninth before giving way to sophomore RHP Blake Cairnes (0-0, 3.00 ERA, 2 SV) who struck out the side for his second save. In the SEC, Georgia’s rotation against #2 USC featured RHP Robert Tyler (3-3, 2.77 ERA), junior LHP Connor Jones (5-2, 5.08 ERA) and sophomore LHP Bo Tucker (3-3, 3.37 ERA). The Bulldogs got stellar relief from senior RHP Heath Holder (0-2, 3.15 ERA) who leads the SEC in opponent’s batting average at .161, and junior RHP Drew Moody (1-3, 5.02 ERA). Moody got the win in Sunday’s series-clinching victory over the Gamecocks. Gist will start Tuesday against Clemson.
Back on April 5 this season, the Bulldogs dropped an 11-6 decision to Clemson in Athens. The Tigers scored five runs in the ninth to snap a 6-6 tie. In records dating back to 1950, Clemson leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs 75-53-1. Georgia swept a two-game set from Clemson last year for the first time since 2009. Ike Cousins Georgia Baseball coach Scott Stricklin is 3-2 all-time against the Tigers.
Another Did You Know?
Georgia has beaten Clemson at Doug Kingsmore Stadium in each of its last four visits, winning 8-7 in 2012, 5-3 in 2013, 6-4 in 2014 and 3-2 last year. Georgia has won or split the series with Clemson the past four years. The Tigers last won it in 2011, going 2-0 against the Bulldogs. In 2015, Georgia swept a two-game set from the Tigers for the first time since 2009.
About The Tigers
Clemson, who is led by Monte Lee, is 24-12 overall and 8-10 in the ACC. The No. 22 Tigers are 15-2 at home this year. Since beating Georgia in Athens on April 5, the Tigers have gone 2-5 including dropping ACC series at Duke and were swept at No. 6 Louisville this past weekend. Overall, Clemson is batting .278 with an ERA of 4.03 and fielding .959. Clemson is led by one of the nation’s top freshman sluggers in outfielder Seth Beer (.417-14-41). Also, junior catcher Chris Okey (.343-6-32) and sophomore outfielder Chase Pinder (.319-8-24) are hitters to watch. Freshman RHP Ryley Gilliam (1-0, 3.27) will start Tuesday..
Follow The Action: Here is the video link for the Clemson game.
Tuesday vs. #22 Clemson, 6:30 pm (ESPN3)
Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (David Johnston/Jeff Dantzler)
Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), georgiadogs.com and via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app.
Additional Coverage on Twitter: @BaseballUGA