BASEBALL: Georgia vs. Santa Clara Preview

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BASEBALL: Georgia vs. Santa Clara Preview

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Fourth-ranked Georgia starts a four-game series with undefeated Santa Clara Friday at Foley Field. The first pitch will be at 3 p.m. followed by a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday.

Both teams are coming off midweek victories as the Bulldogs (4-0) went on the road and defeated Kennesaw State Wednesday 10-3. The Broncos are off to their best start since 2012 when they began the year 5-0. Before heading to Athens, Santa Clara upset No. 25 Stanford 3-2 Tuesday as six pitchers combined to limit the Cardinal to a pair of runs on three hits. The Broncos have outscored their opponents 43-12 and boast a team ERA of 2.00. The Bulldogs and Broncos have never met on the diamond.

Georgia is batting .308 with a 3.75 ERA and a .980 fielding percentage. Also of note, the Bulldogs are 14-for-14 in stolen base attempts with junior Tucker Bradley leading the team with five followed by senior Cam Shepherd with four. Bradley (.538-1-6) and Shepherd (.412-1-6) rank among the SEC’s leading hitters at this point while junior Garrett Blaylock (.294-3-6) is second in the in SEC in home runs. Sophomore Ben Anderson (357-0-1) is second in the SEC with 10 runs scored. Freshman reliever Jonathan Cannon (1-0, 0.00 ERA) is one of two pitchers in the league who have faced at least 13 batters and yet to allow a hit. Senior Jake MacNichols headlines the Broncos offense, batting .350 with four home runs and 11 RBI while senior Ryan McCarthy is tops on the club in batting at .476 with a home run and six RBI.

Georgia will start junior RHP Emerson Hancock (0-1, 13.50 ERA) and Cole Wilcox (1-0, 1.80 ERA) in the first two games of the Santa Clara series while the Broncos have not announced their rotation. The Broncos have employed 15 pitchers this year and none have tossed more than four innings. The Santa Clara staff has allowed just 12 runs with 53 strikeouts and 13 walks on the year. Georgia has used 12 pitchers and given up 16 runs with 43 strikeouts and 13 walks.

Prior to Saturday’s action, the Bulldogs will honor Nicholas Chaclan and his family as part of their support for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Vs. Cancer program. During the fall semester, the Bulldogs began a Vs. Cancer campaign and they will present a donation to the organization Saturday. These funds will go to child life programs at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Pediatric Brain Cancer research to save kids’ lives. Saturday’s doubleheader is being played in honor of children and teenagers who have experienced a pediatric brain tumor or cancer diagnosis.

Garrett Blaylock
Garrett Blaylock

UGA-SC Pitching Matchup, TV-Streaming/Radio Links

Fri. @ 3 pm, RHP Emerson Hancock          vs. TBA                 SECN+

Sat. @ 1 pm, RHP Cole Wilcox                     vs. TBA                SECN+

  Sat. 45 min. after 1st game of day,           TBA vs. TBA 

Sun. @ 1 pm,                                                     TBA  vs. TBA        SECN+

Radio Georgia Bulldog Sports Radio Network (Jeff Dantzler & David Johnston)

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

Friday Audio Link: https://gado.gs/4gz

Sat. Game 1 Audio Link: https://gado.gs/4h1

Sat. Game 2 Audio Link: https://gado.gs/4h3

Sun. Audio Link: https://gado.gs/4h5

All Georgia baseball games will be carried locally on WRFC 960 AM as it will serve as the primary home for all broadcasts. Most of the 56 regular season Bulldog games will be available on the full Georgia Bulldog Sports Radio Network. In Atlanta, Bulldogs fans can tune in to WFOM 1230 AM for a select number of games. Fans can listen to every game online for free through the official website of the Bulldogs, georgiadogs.com, the UGA Gameday app and TuneIn. In the Savannah and Brunswick market, WSEG 1400 AM, 104.3 FM along with WSFN 103.7 FM and 790 AM will carry all Georgia games that do not conflict with the Atlanta Braves. Additionally, WBLJ 1230 AM in Dalton will broadcast all of Georgia’s SEC and postseason games that do not conflict with the Braves. WXKT 103.7 FM in Gainesville will carry Georgia’s Friday night games.

Tickets: 

Reserved Seat Tickets: $8

Order online or by calling 1-877-542-1231

-StubHub: http://www.gado.gs/2nv

-Foley Field – Gates/Ticket Booth open 2 hours before first pitch.

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

-UGA Students enter at the Main Gate

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