The Georgia baseball team get back on the road to Fayetteville, AK for a three-game series with the No. 11 Arkansas Razorbacks. The first game will be tonight, with the first pitch headed towards home plate scheduled for 7:32 p.m. ET. Games two and three will follow on Friday and Saturday, and the entire series will be available on the SEC Network + as well as the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.
Georgia is 15-19 overall and 4-8 in the SEC. For the second straight week, Georgia is playing four games in five days. Last week, Georgia went 1-3 against #4 Clemson and Missouri. This past Tuesday, Georgia beat Ga. Tech 5-1 in Athens while the Razorbacks defeated Missouri State 12-4. The series history with Arkansas began at the 1987 College World Series and continued once the Razorbacks joined the SEC. Overall, Arkansas holds a 30-21 edge including winning that first meeting in Omaha, 5-4. The teams have not faced each other since 2015 when Arkansas took a series 2-1 in Athens. Georgia’s last visit to Fayetteville came in 2012, and the Razorbacks won that series 2-1. Georgia’s last series win over Arkansas came in 2011 in Athens (2-1). The last Bulldog team to win a series over Arkansas in Fayetteville was the 2008 College World Series Finalists, going 2-1.
Last week in SEC action, Georgia dropped a home series to Missouri that featured the first two contests in Athens and the final game in SunTrust Park in Atlanta. It was the first game at SunTrust Park open to the public. It attracted a crowd of 33,025, and that marked the second-largest crowd in NCAA Baseball history. The game, won by Missouri 6-1, benefitted Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Georgia blanked Missouri 3-0 in the opening game in Athens and lost game two 8-5. Arkansas lost a rare home series, falling to No. 13 LSU 2-1. The Razorbacks now are 19-3 at home this season.
The Bulldogs are batting .262 as a team while they have an ERA of 4.51 and a fielding percentage of .954. In SEC action, Georgia owns a .251 batting average, a 5.11 ERA and a .961 fielding percentage. Georgia’s lineup usually features five freshmen and has included as many as eight this season.
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Did You Know? Freshmen Hitting Trio Among SEC Leaders in Conference Action.
Rookie SS Cam Shepherd (.329-2-15) has started all 34 games at shortstop and has a team-high 13 multi-hit games including three four-hit games. His .377 batting average in SEC action ranks fifth in the league. In fact, Georgia’s top three hitters in SEC games are all freshman. Next, its 3B Aaron Schunk who has started 33 games at third base, and owns a .375 average in the SEC and that ranks sixth in the league. Then, there’s 2B Will Proctor who had made 26 starts and has a .367 SEC average, good for eighth in the league.
Sophomore DH/C Michael Curry (.333-5-32) is taking aim at the team’s Triple Crown after another productive weekend in the Missouri series. A team co-captain, he batted .600 (6-for-10) with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. He has been the team leader in home runs (5) and RBI (32) throughout the season. In the SEC, Curry is batting .340-0-5. Earlier this year, he had a career-best 14-game hitting streak. Last year, Curry hit .262-11-34.
Senior LHP Andrew Gist (2-2, 3.38 ERA) posted a career-high 10 strikeouts in only six innings as part of a combined three-hit shutout of Missouri this past Thursday. The Bulldog staff registered 17 strikeouts on the night as freshman Zac Kristofak (2-1, 3.00 ERA, 1 SV) tallied a career-high six over 2.2 innings and junior closer Blake Cairnes (1-0, 3.50 ERA, 4 SV) notched one getting the final out for his fourth save. Georgia’s rotation for the Arkansas series will feature Gist on Thursday, sophomore Blakely Brown (0-1, 4.86 ERA) getting his first career SEC start on Friday, and then junior RHP Chase Adkins (4-3, 2.98 ERA) on Saturday.
TV: SEC Network+ (Alex Perlman & Troy Eklund)
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (Jeff Dantzler & David Johnston)
Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), georgiadogs.com and via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app.