BASEBALL: Dawgs Open SEC Play with Mississippi State Series Tonight
The No. 18 Georgia Bulldogs open Southeastern Conference action Friday night with defending national champion No. 24 Mississippi State coming to sold out Foley Field. First pitch is set for 7:02 p.m., and the game will be televised on the SEC Network and available on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.
Georgia (14-3, 0-0 SEC), under the direction of Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin, has won five in a row. MSU (11-7, 0-0 SEC), led by Chris Lemonis, has reeled off four straight victories. MSU leads the series with the Bulldogs 49-45 in available records. The teams last met in 2019 when MSU swept an SEC series in Starkville. MSU’s last trip to Athens came in 2017, and the home Bulldogs claimed the series 2-1. Georgia is batting .304 with 19 home runs on the year while posting a 3.36 ERA and a .974 Fielding Percentage. MSU is hitting .269 with 25 home runs while sporting a 4.20 ERA and a .988 Fielding Percentage.
Georgia graduate CF Ben Anderson (.373-3-12) and graduate SS Cole Tate (.372-1-9) lead the regulars. Anderson has reached base in 15 straight games as he ranks among the SEC leaders with a .548 OB% plus a team-high 16 walks. Tate ranks among the SEC leaders with 28 hits. Sophomore C/DH Corey Collins (.352-6-15) is tied for third in the SEC with six home runs and is sixth in the league with a .796 SLG%. He enters SEC play with a 15-game on base streak including a seven-game hitting streak. MSU’s run producers include freshman Hunter Hines (.328-5-20), sophomore Kellum Clark (.280-5-16) and junior Logan Tanner (.290-2-22).
Junior RHP Jonathan Cannon (3-1, 2.39 ERA) headlines the pitching staff and leads the SEC with 26.1 innings pitched. Sophomore LHP Luke Wagner is the national leader in victories at 5-0. A key member of the bullpen, he has notched a victory in all five of his relief appearances while posting a 0.73 ERA in 12.1 innings with 17 Ks. Sophomore LHP Liam Sullivan (2-1, 3.68 ERA) has served as the No. 2 starter. Sullivan will miss his turn in the rotation this Saturday to rest. Wagner will fill that spot. Redshirt sophomore RHP Garrett Brown (0-0, 5.40) will get the start on Sunday. Both teams have lost key members of their starting rotation this season due to injuries. Saturday’s game will begin at 2 p.m. (SECN+) and Sunday will start at noon (SEC Network).
Probable Pitching Matchup: UGA vs. MSU
G18 #12 Jonathan Cannon (3-1, 2.39, RHP, Jr.) vs. #35 Preston Johnson (2-0, 2.82, RHP, Jr.)
G19 #27 Luke Wagner (5-0, 0.73, LHP, So.) vs. #32 Parker Stinnett (3-0, 3.57, RHP, Sr.)
G20 #34 Garrett Brown (0-0, 5.40, RHP, RSo.) vs. #15 Cade Smith (3-0, 2.05, RHP, So.)
LiveStats Link: https://georgiadogs.com/sidearmstats/baseball/summary
Georgia Baseball Radio Links/TV Stream
Georgia Bulldog Sports Network (Announcers: David Johnston; Jeff Dantzler pending Georgia’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament run)
Free audio streaming of all Georgia Bulldogs games can be heard using the Gameday LIVE app.
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Friday Pregame Radio Show at 6:40 pm ET: https://georgiadogs.com/watch/?Live=4153&type=Archive
Saturday Pregame Radio Show at 1:40 pm ET: https://georgiadogs.com/watch/?Live=4154&type=Archive
Sunday Pregame Radio Show at 11:40 am ET: https://georgiadogs.com/watch/?Live=4155&type=Archive
SEC Network+ TV Link
The Friday and Sunday games will be televised by SEC Network featuring Dave Neal and Kyle Peterson.
Video streaming for the series will be carried Saturday on the SEC Network + featuring Matt Stewart & Jason Jacobs.
Saturday SECN+ Link: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=e725427c-8abe-4706-ae58-3ec0cf46e769
Softball: Georgia (22-4) hosting the UGA Classic
Dates: March 18-20, 2022
Location: Athens, Ga.
Stadium: Jack Turner Softball Stadium
Admission: FREE (no tickets required)
Friday, March 18
vs. Dartmouth – 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 19
vs. Mercer – 2 p.m.
vs. Illinois – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 20
vs. Dartmouth – 4 p.m.
Tournament Website: https://gado.gs/8h4
Streaming: SEC Network+ (Friday, Saturday)
Play-by-play: RJ Taylor
The 16th-ranked Georgia softball team will host its final home tournament of the season at Jack Turner Stadium this weekend, hosting the UGA Classic. Dartmouth, Illinois, and Mercer will come to Athens for the eight-game tournament.
Georgia will take on Dartmouth Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday’s tilt features Georgia taking on Illinois and Mercer before a rematch with Dartmouth on Sunday to end the UGA Classic.
Follow the Bulldogs
» All Georgia games of the UGA Classic will stream live on SEC Network+. RJ Taylor will be on the call.
» Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule at GeorgiaDogs.com.
» Live Twitter updates will be available on the official Twitter page of Georgia softball, @UGAsoftball.
This Week’s Promotions
» Admission to every home regular season Georgia softball game is FREE. No tickets are required. Seating is first come, first served.
» First meeting
» Georgia leads the all-time series 2-0
» The Bulldogs and Illini met in twice on opening weekend in Athens in 2015
» Georgia leads the all-time series 20-1
» 16 meetings have been in Athens
» Georgia’s lone loss to the Bears was the first game of a doubleheader in April 2018
» The Bulldogs shut out the Bears in two games last season in Athens
WBB: Georgia Opens NCAA Tournament Play with Dayton Tonight
No. 6 seed Georgia Lady Bulldogs (20-9, 9-7 SEC) vs. No. 11 seed Dayton Flyers (26-5, 14-1 A-10)
NCAA First Round | Friday, March 18, 2022 | 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT | Hilton Coliseum (14,000) | Ames, Iowa
Watch: ESPNNews (Jenn Hildreth and Mike Thibault)
Listen: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network (Jeff Dantzler)
960 AM The Ref, WXKT 103.7 FM and the Georgia Bulldog App
Opening Tip Storylines
» Georgia has earned the No. 6 seed in the Greensboro Region and will open NCAA tournament play against Dayton on Friday in Ames, Iowa. The contest will start at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT at Hilton Coliseum.
» The winner of Friday’s game will go against either No. 3 seed Iowa State or No. 14 seed UT Arlington on Sunday.
» Georgia and Dayton have never met in the regular season or in the postseason.
» This is Georgia’s 35th appearance in 40 NCAA Tournaments, tying Stanford for the second-most appearances in tourney history.
» Georgia is in its seventh season under the leadership of Joni Taylor. The 2021 SEC Coach of the Year followed legendary Hall of Fame Coach Andy Landers, who retired in 2015.
» The Lady Bulldogs have played remarkably well away from home this year. Georgia boasts a 9-4 mark away from Stegeman Coliseum, with wins against Notre Dame and No. 2-ranked NC State.
» Graduates Jenna Staiti and Que Morrison lead the Lady Bulldogs this season. The two All-SEC selections have led Georgia in scoring a combined 23 times in 29 games during the 2021-22 campaign.
» Another bright spot for the Lady Bulldogs over the last few weeks has been the play of freshman guard Reigan Richardson. Richardson has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games. She hit 60 percent from the field in a three-game stretch against Missouri, Auburn and Arkansas.
Georgia’s NCAA History Among Nation’s Best
» The Lady Bulldogs are in the NCAA Tournament for the 35th time in school history, building on Georgia’s great tradition. Below is a list of where Georgia ranks in several NCAA Tournament categories:
» 35 All-Time Appearances — 2nd most in NCAA history (behind Tennessee’s 40)
» 92 NCAA Tournament Games Played — 5th most in NCAA history
» 57 NCAA Tournament Wins — 7th most in NCAA history
» 20 Sweet 16s — 4th most behind Tennessee, UConn and Stanford
A trio of Lady Bulldogs earn All-SEC Accolades
» A trio of Lady Bulldogs and Georgia natives — Jenna Staiti, Que Morrison and Mikayla Coombs — earned All-Southeastern Conference postseason honors.
Staiti garnered first-team All-SEC accolades, while Morrison was named second team All-SEC and landed on the league’s All-Defensive squad. Coombs was named the conference’s Scholar Athlete of the Year, marking the third time under head coach Joni Taylor a Georgia player has earned that distinction.
A native of Cumming, Ga., Staiti is one of just 27 student-athletes in program history to boast first-team honors. Morrison, who hails from Riverdale, Ga., joins Caliya Robinson as the only three-peat All-Defensive Team selections. Coombs, from Buford, Ga., joins Marjorie Butler (2016) and Haley Clark (2018) as Georgia’s Scholar Athletes of the Year.
MTENNIS: UGA Faces Two SEC Foes This Weekend
MATCH 1 – Arkansas
Date: Friday, March 18
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: Athens, Ga.
Site: Dan Magill Tennis Complex
MATCH 2 – Tennessee
Date: Sunday, March 20
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Knoxville, Tenn.
Site: Goodfriend Tennis Center
Trent Bryde, Blake Croyder, Mathis Debru, Erik Grevelius, Philip Henning, Britton Johnston, Tristan McCormick, Thomas Paulsell, Miguel Perez Peña, Hamish Stewart and Ethan Quinn make up the roster for the Georgia Bulldogs for the 2021-22 season.
Georgia reappeared at the No.8 spot in the team rankings for the second week in a row in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Team Ranking released Wednesday, March 16.
Several Georgia men’s tennis players were featured in the latest ITA National Rankings for singles and doubles that was released Wednesday, March 9.
Four Bulldogs appear in the singles rankings and four pairs in the doubles rankings. Graduate transfer Stewart leads the pack at No.19 and fellow grad transfer Tristan McCormick rings in at No.31. 2020 ITA All-American senior Philip Henning takes the No.40 spot and four-time ITA All-American senior Trent Bryde rounds out the pack at No.84.
For doubles, Bryde and Henning are ranked No.27, Stewart and McCormick are No.55, Henning and Stewart are the No.58-ranked doubles pair and senior Blake Croyder and junior Erik Grevelius take the No.62-ranking.
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