A top 10 showdown to open Southeastern Conference play Friday at Foley Field as No. 7 Georgia plays host to No. 10 Tennessee.
First pitch is set for 6:02 p.m. and then the Saturday and Sunday games will begin at 1:02 p.m. The entire series will be available on SEC Network+ and the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.
Georgia (13-3) went 4-0 last week and allowed just four runs in four games to lower its ERA to 2.35, which ranks second in the SEC. Against Lipscomb, Georgia tossed 26 consecutive scoreless innings before allowing a pair of runs in the ninth on Sunday. The Bulldogs lead the SEC in Fielding at .986 and did not make an error last week. Georgia is batting .300 as a team which ranks fifth in the SEC. The Bulldogs remained ranked No. 7 according to Collegiate Baseball’s Top 30 weekly poll while the Volunteers (15-3) are ranked as high as No. 10 (USA Today/Coaches poll). UT is batting .273 with a 3.13 ERA and a .974 fielding percentage. This marks the first time since 2016 that Georgia will open up SEC play at home. The previous four years, Georgia began league play at LSU (2017), Alabama (2018), South Carolina (2019) and were headed to Florida (2020) last season when the campaign was canceled.
SEC Pitching Matchups:
Friday: #27 Luke Wagner (3-0, 0.71, LHP, Fr.) vs. #36 Chad Dallas (2-0, 3.24, RHP, Jr.)
Saturday: #55 Ryan Webb (2-0, 0.00, LHP, Sr.) vs. #11 Will Heflin (2-1, 4.50, LHP, Sr.)
Sunday: #12 Jonathan Cannon (1-0, 0.00, RHP, So.) vs. #29 Blade Tidwell (2-1, 1.80, RHP, Fr.)
Georgia’s SEC rotation will be freshman LHP Luke Wagner (3-0, 0.71), senior LHP Ryan Webb (2-0, 0.00) and sophomore RHP Jonathan Cannon (1-0, 0.00). Webb and Cannon had a delayed start to their 2021 season due to illness and have been on pitch counts. Cannon is the only right-hander to start for Georgia this year as the Bulldogs first 12 games and 14 total have featured all left-handed starting pitchers!
DID YOU KNOW? Georgia and Vanderbilt have the best combined SEC Record the past two conference seasons at 39-21 (2018-2019). The 2020 SEC season was canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. Georgia finished 2nd in the East in both of those years (18-12 in 2018, 21-9 in 2019). The Bulldogs are picked to finish fifth in the SEC this year by the league coaches. UT leads the all-time series 122-118 as it dates back to 1909. Georgia is 11-7 versus UT under Ike Cousins Head Coach Scott Stricklin. The home team has won the last two series two games to one.
Bulldog newcomer Corey Collins enjoyed a stellar week, batting .444 (8-for-18) with two doubles, two home runs and nine RBI to earn SEC Co-Freshman of the Week honors from the league Monday. The 6-3, 234-pound designated hitter/catcher leads the team with four home runs and 16 RBI while batting .364. He has started all 16 games this year.
Redshirt junior OF Connor Tate leads the team and ranks third in the SEC in batting at .410 (25-for-61) with a double, triple, two home runs and 13 RBI. On Sunday, he provided a walk-off RBI-single with two outs in the 12th to cap a sweep of Lipscomb. Nine of his 13 RBI have come with two outs. In four games last week, Tate batted .438 (7-for-16) with a home run and three RBI. Junior C/RHP Shane Marshall ranks second on the club in batting at .400. He has a five-game hitting streak.
Radio Links: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network (Announcers: Jeff Dantzler, David Johnston)
All regular season Bulldog games will be available on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network with Jeff Dantzler and David Johnston bringing you the action. Georgia home games along with SEC road games will be available on the SEC Network+ platform too.
All Georgia baseball games will be carried locally on WRFC 960 AM as it will serve as the primary home for all broadcasts. In Atlanta, Bulldogs fans can tune in to WFOM 1230 AM. Fans can listen to every game online for free through the official website of the Bulldogs, georgiadogs.com and the Georgia Bulldogs app. Also, games that do not conflict with basketball broadcasts will be available on TuneIn. Live Stats are available via the Bulldogs app too.
TV: SEC Network+ Links: (Announcers: Matt Stewart, Jason Jacobs)
Friday at 6:02 pm: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=ecd8863a-4a9b-4181-9f08-e59e45575385
Saturday at 1:02 pm: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=d9c77dfc-dd62-47f3-9603-5578c358069c
Sunday at 1:02 pm: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=2d1c73b4-aa25-4f16-b810-e5ed60ade2fd
*Fans looking to purchase individual game tickets can search on StubHub.
*A limited number of student tickets will be available each game on a first come, first served basis.
*General parking is available around campus on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to park in the Carlton Street Parking Deck located off Smith Street.
*To comply with social distance guidelines, tailgating will not be permitted for the 2021 season.
*Capacity at Foley Field will be reduced to approximately 600 because of the pandemic.
*Masks/face coverings will be required for entry and must be worn when moving around the facility. In compliance with CDC, state and local public health guidance, seating in Foley Field will be socially distanced and be in groups of two and four.
*Gates will open one hour before first pitch and please note all transactions will be contactless and cashless.