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BSB: Georgia faces Iowa today at Foley Field

Charlie Goldstein

The game will be streamed on SECN+ and be available on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network with first pitch at 5:02 p.m.

This marks the final non-conference game for the Bulldogs before beginning Southeastern Conference action on Friday in Lexington against Kentucky. The Bulldogs (16-1), under the direction of Ike Cousins head baseball coach Wes Johnson, are riding an eight-game winning streak.





Bulldogs Bashing The Baseball: Sophomore All-America Charlie Condon headlines an offense that leads the NCAA with 48 home runs. He is the national leader with a .565 batting average, a .659 on base percentage, a 1.290 slugging percentage, 12 home runs, 35 hits and 29 runs scored. This season, Condon has made starts at third base, first base and all three outfield spots with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 47 total chances. Twelve different Bulldogs have hit a home run this season. This past week, five Bulldogs combined to hit six grand slams.  The single season school record for grand slams is eight set by the 2019 club. Georgia got grand slams from junior Slate Alford (two), sophomore Kolby Branch, senior Corey Collins, graduate Dylan Goldstein and senior Fernando Gonzalez. Alford (.379-7-25) hit .414 with four home runs and 15 RBI in six games last week while Goldstein (.351-6-21) batted .545-3-9. Gonzalez is enjoying his finest season of his career, hitting .390-4-16 in 12 games.

Record Start: Georgia’s 16-1 record is the best start in the modern era of Georgia baseball after 17 games. The previous best mark at that point was 15-2 by the 1992, 2009 and 2019 squads.

About Iowa: The Hawkeyes (7-8), coached by Rick Heller, arrive in Athens after dropping a road series 2-1 to Jacksonville State this past weekend. A preseason top 25 team projected to win the Big Ten by league coaches, they are hitting .285 with 18 home runs for a .469 slugging percentage plus are 21-for-27 in stolen base attempts. Iowa has a 6.01 ERA, but opponents are batting just .229 against them. They are 1-3 against SEC teams this year, falling to Auburn 7-5 in Jacksonville, Fla., last month and losing a series 2-1 to Ole Miss in Oxford earlier this month.





Series History: This marks the first meeting the Bulldogs and the Hawkeyes.

Tuesday Pitching Matchup: Georgia will start graduate RHP Christian Mracna (1-0, 2.13 ERA) while Iowa counters with freshman LHP Elliot Cadieux-Lanoue (3-0, 5.68 ERA). This will be the fifth start for Mracna who has 19 strikeouts and nine walks in 12.2 innings. Cadiux-Lanoue will be making his third career start and sixth appearance of the season. In 6.1 innings, he has seven strikeouts and five walks.

On Deck: On Friday, Georgia opens Southeastern Conference play on the road with a series against Kentucky (13-3) March 15-17. Game times are 6:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 1 p.m. The entire series will be on SECN+ and the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.

Rutherford Street Closure: Please note this season that one hour before game time, Rutherford Street, next to Foley Field, will be closed to vehicle traffic until 30 minutes post-game. 

Radio/TV/Live Stats Links

Tuesday vs. Iowa at 5:02 p.m. ET (SECN+)

Radio: 960TheRef (Jeff Dantzler & David Johnston) –


TV: SECN+ (Matt Stewart & Jason Jacobs): https://www.espn.com/watch/player/_/id/cc91feaf-a674-4c73-b126-1e4ea4ea1d17

Live Stats: https://georgiadogs.com/sidearmstats/baseball/summary

Foley Field Tickets/Parking/Promotion Information

*Click here for tickets, General Admission Seating: $5

*Call 1-877-542-1231 or order online at https://georgiadogs.evenue.net/list/BBS

*Foley Field Gates/Ticket Windows open one hour before game time.

*Free parking is available in the commuter surface lot behind the outfield. 

*Please note this season Rutherford Street, next to Foley Field, will be closed to vehicle traffic one hour prior to baseball games until 30 minutes post-game.

*UGA Student Tickets: Free Admission with UGA ID; Enter Student Gate G on Rutherford Street

*Promotions: Greek Night: First 500 students get a Greek Night t-shirt

MBB: Silas Demary Jr. has been named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team

Georgia’s Silas Demary Jr. has been named to the SEC’s All-Freshman team in balloting of league coaches, the conference office announced on Monday.

Demary has enjoyed a stellar initial season with the Bulldogs, averaging 9.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and team-leading 1.5 steals in 27.4 minutes per game. He increased his scoring average in SEC play to 10.5 points per game. Among league leaders, Demary currently ranks No. 9 in steals, both overall and against league competition.

The 6-5, 190-pound guard from Raleigh, N.C., has recorded 15 double-digit scoring outputs, headlined by a season-high 22 points at No. 8/10 Kentucky. He has led the Bulldogs in scoring in six games, in assists nine times and in steals in 15 outings.

Demary became the first Georgia freshman to start a season opener since Anthony Edwards in 2019 and has gotten the nod for 30 of 31 games. His only non-start was on the Bulldogs’ “Senior Night.” Still, Demary leads all SEC freshman in total starts (30) and SEC starts (17).

Demary is the 13th Bulldog to earn a spot on the SEC’s All-Freshman team since the award’s inception in 1987, a list that includes current NBA standouts Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in 2012 and Edwards in 2020.

BSB: Charlie Condon again earns SEC Player of the Week honors

Watch a fullscreen slideshow HERE.

For the second time this season, University of Georgia redshirt sophomore Charlie Condon has been named the Southeastern Conference Baseball Player of the Week; the league announced Monday.

Condon batted .556 (10-for-18) with two doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI in helping Georgia go 6-0 last week. He drew seven walks, scored nine runs and was hit by a pitch four times. Also of note, he started at five different positions with perfect fielding in 17 total chances. He made starts at all three outfield positions plus at first base and third base.

Condon leads the nation in six offensive categories: Batting Average (.565), Slugging Percentage (1.290), On Base Percentage (.659), Hits (35), Home Runs (12) and Runs Scored (29).

The SEC named a pair of players of the week Monday with Dakota Jordan (Mississippi State) joining Condon. He batted .692-4-13 last week as MSU went 4-0. The SEC Pitcher of the Week was Devin Futrell (Vanderbilt) and Freshman of the Week was Dean Curley (Tennessee).

Up next, Georgia (16-1) plays host to Iowa Tuesday (7-8). First pitch at Foley Field will be at 5:02 p.m. and be available on SECN+ and the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network. 

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