Georgia vs Florida baseball notes – The Bulldogs (20-18 overall, 6-9 SEC), under the direction of coach Scott Stricklin, continue a potential 22-game stretch against ranked opponents (which would be a school record) as it heads to No. 2 Florida for an SEC series starting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU).
Georgia has played 12 straight games versus ranked teams, going 5-7. The toughest stretch in school history came in 2005 when the Bulldogs had 15 straight games against ranked teams, going 6-8 with one rainout. The entire UF series will be televised (ESPNU/SECN/ESPN2).
Overall, the Bulldogs are 6-9 against the Top 25 this year. Last weekend in the SEC, Georgia knocked off No. 2 South Carolina two games to one. It marked the highest ranked series win since 2001 when the Bulldogs upset No. 2 LSU two games to one (all three games went 11 innings!). This past Tuesday, Georgia traveled to No. 22 Clemson, and the Tigers blanked the Bulldogs 12-0 on a combined three-hitter.
One of the most bizarre Bulldog streaks of the season continued this past weekend as Georgia extended its stretch of consecutive solo home runs to 20. The Bulldogs crushed six home runs against the Gamecocks, including four in Sunday’s series-clinching 5-3 win. The Bulldogs have hit 29 home runs for the year (25 solo), and the last time a runner was on base for a home run came on March 8 in the 13th game of the season. Freshman catcher Michael Curry delivered a pinch-hit, three-run blast against Charlotte at BB&T Ballpark. Currently, Curry is tied for the team-high with six home runs with five of those solo shots. He is heating up after batting .412 (7-for-17) last week.
Georgia is batting .254 with an ERA of 4.55 and fielding .966 In SEC action, the Bulldogs are hitting .279 with a 5.71 ERA and fielding .958. Georgia’s top hitter is junior RF/C Skyler Weber (.315-2-22) and junior CF Stephen Wrenn (.284-3-19). Curry (.260-6-18) and senior DH/1B Daniel Nichols (.250-6-16) lead the club in home runs while junior LF Keegan McGovern (.271-5-26) is tops in RBI and among the league leaders in walks with 31. Curry earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors on Monday.
In the SEC, Georgia’s rotation against #2 USC featured RHP Robert Tyler (3-3, 2.77 ERA), junior LHP Connor Jones (5-2, 5.08 ERA) and sophomore LHP Bo Tucker (3-3, 3.37 ERA). The Bulldogs got stellar relief from senior RHP Heath Holder (0-2, 3.15 ERA) who leads the SEC in opponent’s batting average at .161, and junior RHP Drew Moody(1-3, 5.02 ERA). Moody got the win in Sunday’s series-clinching victory over the Gamecocks. The rotation for the UF series will be Tyler, Jones and TBA.
About The Gators
Florida coach Kevin O’Sullivan, now in his ninth year at the helm, has one of his most talented teams, and they are ranked No.1 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), according to the NCAA. The Gators (34-5, 11-4 SEC) are pitching-rich with a team ERA of 2.98, and they’ve walked only 93 batters in 353.1 innings while registering 415 strikeouts. Georgia has issued 180 walks in 344 innings with 325 strikeouts. Florida tied for first in the SEC Eastern Division with South Carolina.. Florida’s rotation for the UGA series will be junior LHP A.J. Puk (2-2, 3.41 ERA), junior Logan Shore (7-0, 2.50 ERA) and sophomore Alex Faedo (7-1, 3.67 ERA). The Gator offense is led by a mix of sophomores and juniors in Dalton Guthrie (.358-1-16), Peter Alonso (.345-8-39), Mike Rivera (.264-6-38), JJ Schwarz (.288-4-36,) and Buddy Reed (.303-3-23, 18 SB).
In records dating back to 1950, the Bulldogs trail in the Florida series 171-79-2 with the Gators winning the last two series (3-0 in Gainesville in 2014 and 2-1 in Athens last year). Florida has won four straight games over Georgia in Gainesville.
Georgia coach Scott Stricklin is 4-6 all-time against the Gators. Back in 2012, Stricklin’s Kent State squad eliminated then top-seeded Florida at the College World Series.
Georgia’s last series win over Florida came in 2013 in Athens, winning two games to one. The last series win in Gainesville for the Bulldogs came via three-game sweep in 2006.
Follow The Action:
Here is the video link for the UF series.
Thursday, 7:30 pm (ESPNU)
Friday, 7 p.m. (SECN)
Saturday, 2 pm (ESPN2)
Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (David Johnston/Jeff Dantzler)
960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings),
and via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app.
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