BB: Georgia vs. Kennesaw State Preview

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BB: Georgia vs. Kennesaw State Preview

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Fourth-ranked Georgia welcomes Kennesaw State to Foley Field Tuesday with first pitch slated for 5:02 p.m. (SECN+).

The Bulldogs began the year 7-0, the best start in the Scott Stricklin era, before dropping the final contest of a four-game series with Santa Clara here this past Sunday. Last Wednesday in Kennesaw, Georgia registered a 10-3 win over the Owls. On Tuesday, the teams meet again, and it will be the same pitching matchup.

Georgia redshirt freshman Garrett Brown (0-0, 4.50 ERA) will make his second career start. He got a no-decision against the Owls last week (4IP, 3H, 2R, 1BB, 2K). The Owls will start junior RHP Luke Torbert (0-1, 3.60 ERA). His line in the first game was 3IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K. Georgia was led at the plate by senior shortstop Cam Shepherd, who homered and drove in three, and junior third baseman Garrett Blaylock, who smashed two home runs and had three RBI. Blaylock is tied for the SEC lead with four home runs.

Georgia redshirt junior OF/LHP Tucker Bradley (.467-3-10; 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV) ranks third in the SEC with a team-best .467 average and .579 on-base percentage. He has three home runs, a team-high 14 hits, 10 RBI, five stolen bases plus made two relief appearances for a total of 3.1 scoreless innings with five strikeouts. In Saturday’s 5-4 win over Santa Clara, he made a leaping attempt at the wall in left field and prevented a potential three-run home run that resulted in just a one-run double in the 10th inning and then smashed a walk-off home run in the 12th. He has reached base in all eight games this year and hit safely in the first seven contests.

Cam Shepherd
Cam Shepherd

In related baseball news, Spring Training is underway in the Major Leagues, and there are eight former Bulldogs in camps. Three Bulldogs are on 40-man rosters: Kyle Farmer (UGA 2011-13) is playing with the Cincinnati Reds, Jared Walsh (UGA 2012-15) is playing with the L.A. Angeles and Alex Wood (2011-12) is pitching for the L.A. Dodgers (UGA 2010-12). Five Bulldogs are looking to make the roster with their respective clubs: Gordon Beckham (UGA 2006-08), San Diego Padres; Justin Grimm (UGA 2008-10), Milwaukee Brewers; Heath Holder (UGA 2012-16), Colorado Rockies; Kevin Smith (UGA 2016-18), N.Y. Mets; and Stephen Wrenn (UGA 2014-16), Houston Astros.

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

Tues. @ 5 pm, RHP Garrett Brown vs. Luke Torbert         SECN+ Link:  https://gado.gs/4j4

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.      

Tuesday Audio Link: https://gado.gs/4j6

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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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.