Georgia (8-4) heads to Charlotte this week for a two-game series with the 49ers (5-6). Game one on Tuesday will be at BB&T Ballpark, home of the Chicago White Sox Triple-A affiliate Charlotte Knights. First pitch in “Uptown Charlotte” will be at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday’s contest will be on the 49ers campus at 3 p.m. The Bulldogs are no strangers to playing in a professional ballpark as they play at Turner Field (home of the Atlanta Braves) annually against rival Ga. Tech in a game that benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Georgia returns home to play host to a three-game set with Lipscomb (9-3) starting Friday at Foley Field at 6 p.m.
Nine pitchers have made their Bulldog debut this year and two of the newcomers will start the series against the 49ers. Freshman LHP Kevin Smith (1-0, 1.86 ERA) will make his third career start on Tuesday. He was due to start this past Sunday but was scratched due to an illness. The top newcomer on the staff has been junior LHP Andrew Gist (2-0, 0.69 ERA), and he will start Wednesday. Gist has made four appearances including one start, allowing just one run in 13 innings with four walks and 12 strikeouts. The 49ers have not announced their rotation.
Last Week’s Results (4-1 at home)
March 1 d. Charleston Southern 10-3
March 2 d. Charleston Southern 5-3
March 4 d. Wright State 4-3
March 5 lost to Wright State 3-1
March 6 d. Wright State 5-1
This Week (5 games; 2-road, 3-home)
March 8 at Charlotte (BB&T Ballpark), 6:05 pm
March 9 at Charlotte (on campus), 3 pm
March 11-13 vs. Lipscomb, 6/2/1 pm (Foley Field)
Series Fast Fact
Georgia is 2-0 all-time against the 49ers with both games in 1992 (13-10 in Athens; 8-2 in Charlotte). The Bulldogs are led by Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin while the 49ers are coached by Loren Hibbs.
Review of Last Week
Georgia claimed a series from Horizon Conference power Wright State this past weekend in Athens to complete a five-game week with a 4-1 mark. The Bulldogs swept a pair from Charleston Southern earlier in the week 10-3 and 5-3 and then won two of three from the Raiders. Georgia batted .292 in the five-game stretch while registering a 2.40 ERA and fielding .980. Junior LHP Connor Jones went 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA in two starts, tallying 11.2 innings with four walks and 11 strikeouts. It was the first two wins of his career and marked just his second and third career starts. Junior RHP Drew Moody collected a pair of saves, pitching 5.2 innings and allowing just one run.
In the WSU series, Georgia hit .244 and posted a 2.00 ERA, limiting the Raiders to seven runs and a .159 batting average. Offensively, Georgia was led by juniors Stephen Wrenn and Skyler Weber against Wright State. Wrenn hit .455 (5-for-11 with four RBI and two stolen bases) while Weber hit .385 (5-for-13). In the five-game stretch last week, Weber hit .409 (9-for-22) with two RBI and two stolen bases. Weber owns a seven-game hitting streak while Wrenn’s currently sits at five games.
Junior ace RHP Robert Tyler continues to lead the SEC in strikeouts with 28 in 17 innings pitched. He is 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts. He has issued just three walks and two of the three runs he’s allowed this season have come on solo home runs. Opponents are batting .136 against him.
Following the Bulldogs
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.
Additional Coverage on Twitter: @BaseballUGA
Television: Tuesday’s game will be available on AT&T Uverse Channel 99; Both Charlotte games available through Charlotte49ers.TV via the school website www.charlotte49ers.com
Live Stats Link for Tues.: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=114151
Live Stats Link for Wed.: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=114152
Following a two-game midweek series at Charlotte, the Bulldogs return home for one final weekend tune-up at Foley Field before Southeastern Conference play begins. Georgia will play host to Lipscomb (9-3) starting Friday, March 11 at 6 p.m. Saturday’s game will be at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Bison, located in Nashville, Tenn., are members of the Atlantic Sun Conference and are coached by Jeff Forehand. This year, they are 9-3. The finished the 2015 season with a 39-20 record and won their conference tournament to qualify for an NCAA Regional. They were sent to the Vanderbilt Regional and went 0-2, falling 9-1 to then No. 8 VU and 5-2 to No. 18 Radford. Lipscomb returns six starters and 13 pitchers this year.
On March 14, Georgia travels to Kennesaw State (5 p.m.) before SEC play opens on March 18 with the Kentucky series at Foley Field.