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BASEBALL: Clemson Comes To Foley Tonight

Garrett Brown

The Georgia Bulldogs play host to Clemson Tuesday at Foley Field. First pitch will be at 6:02 p.m., and the game will be available on SECN+ and the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.

Georgia (26-10) is ranked as high as No. 10 this week while the Tigers (22-13) are not ranked. The Bulldogs are No. 10 in the USA TODAY Sports Top 25 Coaches poll, No. 14 in D1Baseball.com, No. 18 in Baseball America, No. 20 in Collegiate Baseball. And No. 23 in Perfect Game USA. Georgia dropped a home series to Texas A&M while the Tigers arrive after posting a road series win over No. 23 Wake Forest. Also, Georgia has the nation’s No. 3 RPI according to the NCAA.

 

 

 

 

Georgia, under the direction of Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin, is batting .295 with 41 home runs while posting a 5.62 ERA and a .975 fielding percentage. At the halfway point in the SEC this season, Georgia is 9-6 in league play. That is good enough for the third best SEC record. Due to injuries, Georgia has used five different SEC starting rotations and six different pitchers have started a league game. Also, graduate shortstop Cole Tate (.332-2-16) has missed the last four games. He will be out at least another week due to a stress fracture in his leg.

The Tigers are batting .279 with 50 home runs, a 4.45 ERA and a .979 FLDG%. Clemson won the first meeting earlier this season on Apr. 5 (4-3) in Clemson to snap Georgia’s six-game winning streak in the series. Redshirt sophomore RHP Garrett Brown (0-1, 8.86 ERA) gets the start for the Bulldogs Tuesday, and he’s never faced Clemson. The Tigers counter with freshman RHP Billy Barlow (1-2, 4.40 ERA) again. He started the first meeting and picked up a victory (5 IP, 3H, 1R, 1BB, 5K). The Bulldogs have been playing the Tigers since 1900 and lead the series 124-108-2. Georgia swept a two-game set in 2018, 2019 and 2021 while the teams did not face each other in the COVID-19 shortened season of 2020. Georgia hasn’t dropped two in a row to Clemson since 2017.

Bulldog graduate LF Connor Tate (.356-5-33) leads the team in batting and ranks among the conference leaders with a .382 average in SEC games. He has a team-best 17 multi-hit games. Sophomore C/DH Corey Collins (.320-9-32) leads the team with nine home runs and ranks third in RBI. Last week in four games, he batted .412 (7-for-17) with a home run and six RBI plus six runs scored. Sophomore 1B/3B Parks Harber (.292-6-33) is enjoying a career-best 11-game hitting streak. He has 35 hits to go with 33 RBI in 120 at bats. Last week, he had a stretch where he reached base in 10 consecutive plate appearances and that featured seven hits and three walks. Freshman RF/DH Cole Wagner (.325-4-12) enjoyed a solid week in four starts, batting .471 (8-for-18) with four runs scored while sophomore C Fernando Gonzalez hit .444 (4-for-9) with three RBI.

 

 

 

 

On Deck: On Friday, Georgia resumes SEC play with a road series against Alabama (23-14, 8-7 SEC). Game times are 7 pm ET (SECN+) on Friday, 3 pm ET on Saturday (SECN+) with Sunday’s contest at 2 pm ET (ESPN2). The Crimson Tide saw their eight-game winning streak snapped at top-ranked Tennessee Saturday and then dropped the series 2-1. The streak culminated with a 6-3 win over the Vols. Alabama is 18-5 at home.

Tuesday’s Probable Pitching Matchup: UGA vs. CU
G37       Garrett Brown (0-1, 8.86 ERA, RHP, RSo.) vs. Billy Barlow (1-2, 4.40 ERA, RHP, Fr.

Georgia Baseball Radio/TV Streaming Links

Georgia Bulldog Sports Network (Announcers: David Johnston & Jeff Dantzler)

Free audio streaming of all Georgia Bulldogs games can be heard using the Gameday LIVE app.

Optimized for iOS7+ and Android 4.0+, Georgiadogs.com Gameday LIVE is now available for both smartphone and tablet in App Store and Google Play marketplaces. Georgiadogs.com Gameday LIVE is the official mobile application of Georgia athletics. Get the app here: georgiadogs.com/wireless/.

Tuesday Pregame Radio Show at 5:40 pm ET: https://georgiadogs.com/watch/?Live=4168&type=Live

SECN+ Link: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=e4b61fb8-0880-4755-ae0f-32f93c7c4e09


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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.