BASEBALL: Fall World Series Starts Today

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BASEBALL: Fall World Series Starts Today

Pitcher Connor Jones during Game 5 of Georgia Fall Baseball World Series 2014 on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 in Athens, Ga.
(Photo by John Kelley)
[su_spacer size=”20″] Georgia will wrap up its fall workouts this week with a three-game “World Series” starting Tuesday at Foley Field.

The six-inning scrimmages will feature a Red Squad and a Black squad, and Tuesday’saction will begin approximately at 3:45 p.m. The three scrimmages are free and open to the public. Fans interested in attending should enter Foley Field through the left field gate and proceed to the stands.

The game one pitching matchup will feature a pair of junior left-handers in Connor Jones and Andrew Gist. Game two of the series will be Saturday at 1 p.m., and the starting pitchers will be freshmen left-handers Kevin Smith and Adam Goodman. Game three will be Sunday at 1 p.m., and on the mound it will be sophomore right-hander Blake Cairnes and senior right-hander Heath Holder. Four of the six starting pitchers are newcomers with Jones and Holder the two veterans. Jones has made 16 relief appearances in his career while Holder has been a utility infielder and reliever in his first three years. However, Holder missed the 2015 season while recovering from elbow surgery.

Georgia coach Scott Stricklin, now in his third season at the helm, said it has been a productive fall. The Bulldogs began fall practice last month with 19 returning lettermen and 17 newcomers.

Georgia’s veteran position players on the Black squad include junior centerfielder Stephen Wrenn, junior right fielder/catcher Skyler Weber and senior shortstop Nick King. The Red squad features sophomore left fielder Keegan McGovern, senior first baseman Daniel Nichols and junior second baseman Mike Bell.

Wrenn led the Bulldogs offensively last year, batting .324 with eight home runs and 28 stolen bases, all team highs. Wrenn, along with Nichols (.296-6-33), Weber (.245-3-36) and Bell (.240-4-25) were the top run producers in 2015. In their first season wearing the red and black, McGovern (.268-3-17) earned Freshman All-SEC honors while King started all 54 games at shortstop, batted .242-1-15 and was 16-for-19 in stolen bases.
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