This Week (3 games)
Vs. #9 Ole Miss, 7 pm/2pm/1pm (SECN+)
Last Week (1-3)
April 26, Beat #25 Ga. Tech 13-5 in Athens
April 30-May 1, swept @ #6 Vanderbilt, 15-3, 10-3 & 10-3
Georgia (22-23 overall, 7-14 SEC) wraps up a school-record 22-game stretch against ranked opponents by playing host to ninth-ranked Ole Miss (33-12, 12-9 SEC) in an SEC series starting Friday. During this gauntlet, the Bulldogs are 7-12. Georgia’s strength of schedule is among the best in the country. The Bulldogs are 8-14 against ranked teams this year, and that’s bolstered their RPI. Georgia is batting .250 with an ERA of 4.76 and fielding .967. In SEC action, the Bulldogs are hitting .257 with a 5.81 ERA and fielding .960. The Ole Miss series will be available on SEC Network+.
Currently, Georgia is in a four-way tie for 10th place in the SEC with the top 12 teams advancing to the SEC Tournament (May 24-29). The Bulldogs are tied with Missouri, Arkansas and Auburn. After the Ole Miss series, Georgia goes to Missouri and finishes the regular season playing host to Tennessee. Currently, Ole Miss is second in the Western Division.
In records dating back to 1950, the Georgia-Ole Miss series is tied at 35-all. Bulldog head coach Scott Stricklin is 2-1 versus Ole Miss after claiming a series in Oxford in 2014. The Rebels last visit to Athens came in 2012 and Georgia won that series 2-1. Last week, Georgia went 1-3, knocking off No. 25 Ga. Tech 13-5 in Athens to clinch the season series and then got swept by No. 6 Vanderbilt in Nashville. Georgia will face Tech once more on May 17 at Turner Field (home of the Atlanta Braves) in the Spring Baseball Classic For Kids that benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Georgia’s leading hitters are junior outfielders Skyler Weber (.318-2-24, 10 SB) and Stephen Wrenn (.283-4-22, 10 SB) while the RBI leader is sophomore left fielder Keegan McGovern (.253-5-28) who also has a team-high 32 walks. Weber batted .500 (9-for-18) with three doubles and two RBI last week. In SEC action, Weber is batting a team-best .333-1-13 while junior first baseman Trevor Kieboom is next at .311-1-5 and Wrenn at .301-4-10. Wrenn ended Georgia’s streak of consecutive solo home runs when he blasted a two-run shot at Vanderbilt this past Saturday. The Bulldogs had hit 21 straight solo shots dating back to March 8. It had been 31 games since Georgia had hit a home run with someone on base. For the year, the Bulldogs have hit 31 home runs (26 solo).
Georgia’s SEC rotation last week featured junior RHP Robert Tyler (3-4, 3.34 ERA), junior LHP Connor Jones (5-4, 5.02 ERA) and senior RHP Heath Holder (2-3, 3.44 ERA). Holder leads the SEC in lowest opponents batting average at .165.
The Ole Miss series will be Lettermen’s Weekend in Athens. Georgia will honor a pair of former lettermen with special awards plus the 2006 Bulldogs (47-23, 18-12 SEC) that advanced to the College World Series will be recognized. The 2006 Bulldogs beat South Carolina in a thrilling super regional in Athens to make it to the CWS, and the squad finished with a No. 6 final ranking.