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    ATHENS------The Georgia Bulldogs will have 31 games at Foley Field in 2018, featuring Southeastern Conference series with South Carolina, Texas A&M, Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas. The 56-game college baseball season begins Feb. 16 at Foley Field with a series against Georgia Southern. Eight of Georgia’s first nine contests will be at home before a Spring Break trip to Charleston for games against College of Charleston, The Citadel and Charleston Southern. SEC play opens on the road against Alabama (March 16-18) while the Bulldogs SEC home opener will be with the Gamecocks (March 23-25). The other SEC home series will be with the Aggies (March 29-31), Wildcats (April 13-15), the Volunteers (April 27-29) and Razorbacks (May 17-19). Along with the series in Tuscaloosa, Georgia’s road trips in the conference will be at Vanderbilt (April 6-8), Ole Miss (April 20-22), Missouri (May 4-6), and Florida (May 11-13). Please note the ESPNU and SEC Network Thursday night selections have not been set, thus some SEC series may change to Thursday-Saturday. The 16th annual Spring Baseball Classic to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will be May 8 as the Bulldogs battle their rival Georgia Tech at the Atlanta Braves home, SunTrust Park. The Bulldogs are 10-5 all-time against Tech in this game. The SEC Tournament again will feature the league’s top 12 finishers in the regular season and be played in Hoover, Ala., from May 22-27. NCAA Regional action at various campus sites will be June 1-4 with Super Regionals from June 8-11. The 2018 season culminates with the College World Series (CWS) from June 16-27 in Omaha, Neb. The Bulldogs have made six appearances in Omaha including winning the national title in 1990 and reaching the CWS Finals in 2008. Georgia will begin fall practice today, and it will end with the annual Red versus Black Fall World Series from Nov. 3-5. Georgia is in its fifth year under Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin. The Bulldogs fall roster features 26 returning lettermen and nine newcomers. Georgia welcomes back all nine starting position players and several key components of the pitching staff. The Bulldogs went 25-32 last year including 8-3 over their final 11 games of the regular season to qualify for the SEC Tournament. In that stretch, Georgia claimed a road series over No. 4 Kentucky and No. 30 South Carolina and a home series over No. 6 Mississippi State. The Georgia Bulldog Club operates the Georgia Baseball Fund (GBF), which will serve as the priority-seating program for Georgia Baseball. The donation deadline to guarantee a renewable season ticket for the 2018 Georgia Baseball season is Oct. 31. To learn more about the GBF, call The Georgia Bulldog Club toll-free at (877) 423-2947 or review the GBF brochure at the following link: http://thegeorgiabulldogclub.com/georgia-baseball-fund   Season ticket applications will be mailed in October, and the deadline will be Nov. 30. FOLLOW THE BULLDOGS For the latest Georgia baseball news, visit www.georgiadogs.com and follow the Bulldogs on Twitter (@BaseballUGA), Facebook (@GeorgiaBaseball) and Instagram (@baseballuga). --get 2018 schedule--   2018 GEORGIA BASEBALL TENTATIVE SCHEDULE DAYS DATES OPPONENT/SERIES TIMES (ET) Fri.-Sun. Feb. 16-18 Ga. Southern 5/1/1 pm Wed. Feb. 21 @ Kennesaw State 5 pm Fri.-Sun. Feb. 23-25 Charlotte 5/1/1 pm Tues. Feb. 27 Wofford 5 pm Wed. Feb. 28 Ga. State 5 pm Fri.-Sun. March 2-4 @ College of Charleston 4/1/1 pm Tues. March 6 @ The Citadel 7 pm Wed. March 7 @ Charleston Southern 3 pm Fri.-Sun. March 9-11 Toledo 6/2/1 pm Tues. March 13 Kennesaw State 5 pm Fri.-Sun. March 16-18 @ *Alabama TBA Tues. March 20 @ Ga. State 6 pm Fri.-Sun. March 23-25  *South Carolina 7/2/1 pm Tues. March 27 Charleston Southern 6 pm Thurs-Sat. March 29-31 *Texas A&M 7/7/2 pm Tues. April 3 Ga. Tech 7 pm Fri.-Sun. April 6-8 @ *Vanderbilt TBA Tues. April 10 @ Clemson 7 pm Fri.-Sun. April 13-15 *Kentucky 7/2/1 pm Tues. April 17 Clemson 7 pm Fri.-Sun. April 20-22 @ *Ole Miss 7:30/2:30/2:30 pm Tues. April 24 @ Ga. Tech 7 pm Fri.-Sun. April 27-29 *Tennessee 7/2/1 pm Fri.-Sun. May 4-6 @ *Missouri 7:30/3/2 pm Tues. May 8 vs. %Ga. Tech 7 pm Fri.-Sun. May 11-13 @ *Florida 6:30/6:30/1 pm Tues. May 15 Presbyterian 6 pm Thurs.-Sat. May 17-19 *Arkansas 7/7/2 pm Tues.-Sun. May 22-27 ^SEC Tournament TBA   Fri.-Mon. June 1-4 +NCAA Regionals TBA   Fri.-Mon. June 8-11 +NCAA Super Regionals TBA   Sat.-Wed. June 16-27 $College World Series TBA          Home games in Bold; *SEC game; %SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Ga.; ^Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, Ala.; +Campus Sites, TBA; $TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Neb.; Note: All times and dates subject to change
  • ATHENS, GA. --- Behind six scoreless innings from junior starting pitcher Chase Adkins on his birthday, Georgia claimed a series over fourth-ranked Mississippi State with a 4-1 victory Sunday at Foley Field.   Georgia (22-30, 9-18 SEC) has now won consecutive SEC series against top 10 opponents after taking two of three at fourth-ranked Kentucky last weekend. This is the first time since 2008 that the Bulldogs have two straight series wins over top 10 foes as that year, the Bulldogs posted sweeps over No. 9 South Carolina and No. 9 Kentucky.    On Sunday, Georgia didn’t waste time getting on the scoreboard after a walk and stolen base from leadoff hitter Tucker Bradley in the bottom of the first. With one out, sophomore designated hitter Michael Curry launched his team leading 10th home run of the season to left-field staking the Bulldogs to an early 2-0 lead and chasing Mississippi State starter Jacob Billingsley who recorded just one out. MSU was cautious pitching to Curry throughout the series as he had drawn six walks up to that point in 10 plate appearances.   State (33-19, 17-10 SEC) would threaten in the fourth inning with two hits, and load the bases in the fifth, but were unable to capitalize against Adkins and the Georgia defense.  The teams would trade five consecutive scoreless frames, but it was Georgia adding two insurance runs in the seventh off of Riley Self and the SEC save leader Spencer Price. A blistering double off the centerfield wall by left-fielder Keegan McGovern and a single by second-basemen L.J. Talley gave Georgia a 4-0 lead.    Freshman Tony Locey and senior Drew Moody combined for three solid innings of relief allowing just two hits. MSU would avoid a shutout, getting a sacrifice fly in the eighth as they stranded nine runners on the day. Moody would retire State in order in the ninth inning for his second save. Georgia will be back in action at Foley Field for the final time at home this season on Tuesday against Furman with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.  Dawg Tracks: *Chase Adkins fired six shutout innings on his 22nd birthday to even his record at 6-6. It marked the second day in a row a Bulldog pitcher won on his birthday as Kevin Smith fired seven scoreless innings for a win Saturday. *Keegan McGovern’s two doubles today give him a total of 13 on the season. *Drew Moody earned his second save of the season, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings without allowing a hit. *Before the game, the Bulldogs honored a trio of seniors in pitchers Andrew Gist, Drew Moody and Shaefer Shepard.  Coach's Corner: Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin …on winning back to back series versus top-10 opponents: “These boys have fought hard, and we’re playing our best baseball right now. To win two series against top 10 teams in a row is incredible, we really are building off what we started. These boys are fighting for a chance to play in Hoover (SEC Tournament), but next in the SEC we have to go to South Carolina so hopefully we can keep building on our momentum.”   Player Perspective Designated Hitter Michael Curry:“It feels great to win two back-to-back series against top ten teams. We’ve really picked up momentum and beating Kentucky last weekend shows how hard we’re working and beating Mississippi State today proves we’re playing really well right now.” 
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS-----Georgia plays host to No. 8 Florida starting Friday at Foley Field at 7 p.m. with the entire league series available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG. With four SEC series remaining, the Bulldogs (17-25, 5-13 SEC) are tied for 12th with Tennessee for the final spot in the 12-team SEC Tournament field. Georgia and the Vols own identical 5-13 SEC records. The Bulldogs do hold the tiebreaker over UT after winning the series in Knoxville 2-1 earlier this season. Alabama is in last place overall with a 2-16 SEC record. Missouri holds the 11th spot with an 8-10 league mark. The Gators (27-13, 10-8 SEC) are in second place in the Eastern Division, two games behind seventh-ranked Kentucky (28-13, 12-6 SEC). Georgia travels to Kentucky next (May 5-7). Georgia is coming off a 7-5 road win over Georgia Tech to clinch the season series in its only midweek action while Florida last played on Sunday, winning a home series over No. 18 South Carolina. Entering this series, the Bulldogs are batting .259 with an ERA of 5.08 and a fielding percentage of .956. The Gators are batting .252 with a 3.09 ERA and a .978 fielding percentage. Florida leads the series with Georgia 173-80-2. The Bulldogs last won a series over the Gators in 2013, going 2-1 in Athens. Florida has won the last three series, posting a sweep in Gainesville in 2014 and winning 2-1 in Athens in 2015 and 2-1 in Gainesville in 2016.   On Saturday at 2 p.m., Georgia will hold its annual Lettermen’s Day with a special focus on the 30-year anniversary of the 1987 team that was the first Bulldog squad in school history to advance to the College World Series. Also, two annual lettermen awards will be presented before the game. Lettermen from as far back as the 1940s will be in attendance.   Pitching Matchups For The UF Series Friday at 7 p.m.: Andrew Gist (2-3, 3.99), LHP, Sr. vs. Alex Faedo (6-1, 2.47) RHP, Jr. Saturday at 2 p.m.: Chase Adkins (5-4, 3.43), RHP, Jr. vs. Brady Singer (4-3, 1.94), RHP, So. Sunday at 1 p.m.: Kevin Smith (2-4, 6.35), LHP, So. vs. Jackson Kowar (6-0, 3.90), RHP, So.    Hitters To Watch Georgia’s top two hitters and All-Star candidates are sophomore C/DH Michael Curry (.344-9-42) and freshman SS Cam Shepherd (.320-5-22). They have started all 42 games and rank 1-2 on the squad in batting average, home runs and RBI. Curry ranks in the top 10 in the SEC in batting, home runs and RBI. In SEC action, Shepherd is batting a team-best .359 followed by Curry at .338. The Gators are led by sophomore OF Nelson Maldonado (.311-3-13) and junior 1B/C JJ Schwarz (.243-5-30). Also, Florida is 52-for-68 in stolen base attempts with junior SS Dalton Guthrie (.250-3-13) and sophomore 2B Deacon Liput (225-1-12) with 10 stolen bases apiece.   Banged-Up Bulldogs  Georgia’s infield depth has taken a hit this month after two more Bulldogs were lost to season-ending injuries. Freshman Aaron Schunk (.290-1-18), who had started 37 games at third base, broke his left thumb against Clemson on April 19th while junior utility infielder Trey Logan (.190-0-6) broke his left collarbone against Vanderbilt April 22nd. Georgia has been without projected starting first baseman sophomore Patrick Sullivan all year due to an illness. Also, junior outfielder Will Campbell (.237-3-13), who has made 29 starts, has missed the last nine games due to a sore back.    2017 Georgia Baseball Stat Link: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2016-2017/teamcume.html   Television/Radio TV: SEC Network+ Friday-Sunday (Matt Stewart & Jason Jacobs); Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (Jeff Dantzler & David Johnston) Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), also via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app. Live Stats: www.georgiadogs.com, go to the Schedule Page, find the game, click on GameTracker Link Additional Coverage on Twitter: @BaseballUGA   Foley Field Ticket Information *Ticket Booth and Gates open two hours before first pitch. *Reserved Seat Tickets: $8; General Admission Tickets: $5; Order online or by calling 1-877-542-1231 *UGA Student Tickets: Free Admission with valid UGA Student ID Card *UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street Special Promotions for the UF Series *Friday: First 750 fans receive Utz Potato Chips *Saturday: Lettermen Day honoring Georgia’s 1987 College World Series Team; First 750 fans receive a 1987 replica jersey *Sunday: First 200 fans receive an oatmeal cookie to celebrate National Oatmeal Cookie Day: Pregame: Anthem Buddies: Stand on the field next to your favorite Bulldog for the National Anthem Postgame: Kids can run the bases and play catch in the outfield for a brief time
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATLANTA-----Georgia cruised to a 7-5 win over Georgia Tech Tuesday to clinch the season series in front of a Russ Chandler Stadium crowd of 2,373.    Georgia (17-25) used a two-out rally in the fourth to score four runs on three hits to break open a scoreless contest. With two on and two outs, sophomore designated LJ Talley got the scoring started with an RBI-single. After a walk to freshman second baseman Will Proctor, freshman centerfielder Tucker Maxwell delivered a two-run single. Freshman right fielder Tucker Bradley capped the scoring with an infield single that marked his first career RBI and a 4-0 advantage. Tech responded with single runs in the fourth and fifth frames to make it 4-2. In the seventh, sophomore catcher Michael Curry blasted a two-out, two-run shot for a 6-2 lead. It was his ninth of the year and gave him 41 RBI, both team-highs. Tech centerfielder Ryan Peurifoy closed the gap to 6-3 with a leadoff home run in the seventh. Curry added an RBI-single in the ninth. The Bulldogs scored all seven of their runs with two outs, going 5-for-14.   Sophomore Kevin Smith (2-4) started for the Bulldogs on a staff night and provided four solid innings for the win, allowing one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts. In the fifth, Georgia turned to freshman Zac Kristofak and he went four innings, scattering four runs on six hits before leaving with the bases loaded and nobody out in the ninth. Redshirt junior Drew Moody picked up his first save of the year and fourth of his career to preserve the victory. Tech fell to 20-20 and right-hander Ben Schniederjans dropped to 2-4, surrendering four runs on two hits in 3.2 innings.   Earlier this month in Athens, Georgia defeated Tech 5-1. The teams will meet one more time in Atlanta at SunTrust Park on May 9th in a game to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). It will be the 15th time they have played for CHOA with the previous 14 games held at Turner Field, the former home of the Atlanta Braves. Georgia went 9-5 in those contests.   Georgia returns to Foley Field Friday for the start of an SEC series with No. 8 Florida (27-13, 10-8 SEC). First pitch will be at 7:02 p.m. EDT and be available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   Dawg Tracks   *Sophomore DH LJ Talley got the four-run outburst in the fourth started with a two-out RBI single as Keegan McGovern scored on a play at the plate. *Freshman RF Tucker Bradley notched his first career RBI, and it came in his 89th at bat of the year, a two-out, RBI-single in the fourth to make it 4-0. He had his first career four-hit game too. He became the sixth different Bulldog with a four-hit game this year. *Sophomore Michael Curry hit his team-leading ninth home run in the seventh, a two-run blast. He finished 2-for-5 with three RBI for a team-best 42 RBI this year. *Redshirt junior Drew Moody notched his first save of the season and fourth of his career, inheriting a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the ninth with a 7-3 lead.   Coach's Corner: Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin “We won the series against our biggest rival, and that’s a big deal. I thought we played really clean, our pitchers did a great job and we got some clutch two-out hits to score all our runs. Tucker Bradley had four hits and his first RBI and LJ Talley got the big inning going for us with a two-out RBI. Kevin Smith gave us a solid start and then Zac Kristofak pitched really well, and when you’re pitching with a lead, it’s okay to give up a solo home run. Zac was throwing strikes, and that’s the key and why we stuck with him. We had Drew Moody ready, and it was tough to bring him in with the bases loaded in the ninth, and he got the job done.”
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Ga. ---The Bulldogs exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to set the pace for Georgia’s 12-3 victory over Savannah State Tuesday night at Foley Field.   Georgia (11-15) scored a season-high 12 runs on a season-high 16 hits. Georgia utilized a staff day throwing 11 pitchers over the course of the game. The Bulldogs pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts and yielded three runs on eight hits. Right-handed reliever Shane Tucker picked up the win and improved to 1-0.   Coming to bat with the bases loaded, freshman Cam Shepherd (3-for-5, 3 RBI) delivered the big hit in the fourth by knocking a double into the left field corner. Preceding that was a Mitchell Webb (4-for-5, 2 RBI) RBI single and a two-run double by LJ Talley (4-for-5, 4 RBI). All the damage was done with no outs and the Tigers had to dip into the bullpen twice to end the inning.   The second high-scoring outburst for Georgia occurred in the sixth to a tone of four runs. Michael Curry (3-for-5, 3 RBI) smacked a double in the right-center field gap to score Shepherd and Keegan McGovern. Two batters later, Talley hit a towering two-run home run that landed on top of the right field scoreboard. The homer was Talley’s first of the season and second of his career.   The two teams exchanged blows in the first four innings before Georgia pulled away. Webb and Curry had two-out RBI singles in the second and third innings, respectively.     Dawg Tracks   *Freshman shortstop Cam Shepherd extended his career-high hitting streak 11 games. Shepherd was a home run short of the cycle. *Freshman third baseman Adam Schunk’s two singles lengthened his hitting streak to six games in a row. *Career-high four hits for junior Mitchell Webb and sophomore LJ Talley. Webb also swiped his first bag of the season. *Freshman centerfielder Tucker Maxwell reached base for the 20th time in the last 21 games on a hit-by-pitch. In the same inning, he stole second for his fifth theft this season. * Junior Will Campbell drew two walks in the game to up his season total to 11 free passes. *Sophomore Michael Curry and freshman Cam Shepherd lead the team in multi-hit at-bats with nine on the season.   Coach’s Corner Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin   “We got a lot of guys in there, we threw 11 pitches so that has to be a close to a record. I thought our intensity level was very good. We had some big innings and scored a lot of runs. Cam Shepherd and Michael Curry drove some guys in. We had a lot of guys contribute offensively. Mitchell Webb and LJ Talley were great. They have had a little bit of a slow start but they are veteran guys for us. They made the most out of their opportunities tonight and that is how you get more opportunities going forward.”   On getting up early…   “It looses things up for sure when you get an early lead. We went up 8-2 then we started walking guys and that was our message to our pitching staff – we have to be aggressive with the strike zone and make them earn everything. For the most part, we threw very, very well.”     Player’s Perspective   Sophomore second baseman LJ Talley #2   “I think we just had the offense going early, and we just kept the momentum going. I think that’s what we can do. I mean we did it last week against one of the top pitchers in the league. I just think we keep it rolling, and we need everything to come together in one piece, with pitching, defense and offense.”   On his two-run home run…   “There were two strikes on me, I was just trying to put a good swing on it. I didn’t swing as hard as I could or anything, I just tried to put a good swing on it. I think we had a really good approach today.   Up Next Georgia continues its SEC play at Tennessee this weekend, with the first game scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday.
  • From UGA Sports Communications KENNESAW, GA.--- Georgia defeated Kennesaw State 9-6 Tuesday in a game called after six innings due to rain and lightning at Stillwell Stadium.  The Bulldogs (9-13) scored in each of the first four frames, building a 9-4 edge. Both teams planned to use several pitchers as part of a staff night. Seven Bulldogs pitchers saw action while the Owls (8-12) employed five on the mound. Georgia senior Andrew Gist pitched a perfect inning for the win to even his record to 1-1 and junior Blake Cairnes notched his first save of the year. KSU starter Chris Erwin got the loss, allowing four runs on three hits in two innings.   Georgia junior first baseman Keegan McGovern paced the 10-hit attack, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored. Six Bulldogs drove in a run including a pair by freshman Aaron Schunk while freshman Austin Biggar connected for his second home run.    Georgia returns to action Friday for its SEC home opener against 16th-ranked Auburn. First pitch is slated for 7:02 pm EDT and be available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   Dawg Tracks *Junior 1B Keegan McGovern enjoyed a 4-for-4 night with two doubles and an RBI. *Freshmen CF Tucker Maxwell extended his on base streak to 17 games with a walk to start the contest.  *Sophomore DH Michael Curry extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the third inning.  *Freshman SS Cam Shepherd now has a seven-game hitting streak after a single in the first.    Coach's Corner: Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin “I thought we swung the bats well tonight, and we were able to put pressure on them right from the start. Keegan McGovern had a good night at the plate going 4-for-4. Everybody in our lineup got on base and contributed and seven different guys scored. On the mound, it was good to see the way Andrew Gist and Blake Cairnes pitched a clean inning after Kennesaw State started chipping away at our lead.”
  • From UGA Sports Communications BATON ROUGE--- Sixth-ranked LSU defeated Georgia 7-6 Sunday at Alex Box Stadium in front of a crowd of 10,608.   Georgia (8-13, 0-3 SEC) led 2-1 following a two-run home run by freshman Will Proctor in the fifth. However, the Tigers (16-5, 3-0 SEC) responded in their half of the frame, scoring three runs on one hit plus two bases-loaded walks for a 4-2 advantage. Bulldog freshman Aaron Schunk delivered a two-out, RBI-single in the sixth to make it a one-run contest. In the sixth, LSU scored a run without the benefit of a hit as the first three batters were hit by a pitch and then Greg Deichmann picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly and a 5-3 lead.   Georgia had a chance to rally in the seventh, loading the bases with one out. Junior Keegan McGovern notched an RBI when he was hit by a pitch, however Michael Curry lined into a double play, which kept the Tigers in front 5-4. LSU added a pair of unearned runs in the seventh. Georgia rallied in the ninth to make it a one-run contest as Tucker Maxwell and Cam Shepherd picked up an RBI apiece but the tying run was stranded at third.   LSU freshman Eric Walker (3-0) picked up the win, pitching six while Chase Adkins dropped to 3-1. Caleb Gilbert allowed two runs in the ninth but got his second save.   Up next, Georgia travels to Kennesaw State Tuesday with first pitch slated for 5 pm EDT and be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   Dawg Tracks *Freshmen CF Tucker Maxwell extended his on base streak to 16 games with an RBI-double in the ninth.  *Freshman 2B Will Proctor gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead in the fifth with a two-run blast, his third of the year.  *Sophomore DH Michael Curry extended his hitting streak to seven games with a base hit in the fourth inning. *Freshman SS Cam Shepherd went 7-for-15 in the series. Over the last 10 games, he is batting .422 (19-for-45).   Coach's Corner Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin “We had some really good at bats late in the game. We battled and competed and came up short. The story today and yesterday was just giving too much away against a good team. We’re not taking advantage of our opportunities and playing clean baseball, and our opponents are, and that’s the difference. We’re starting to see some guys step up, but bottom line, we need to do it as a team.”
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS-----Georgia opens Southeastern Conference play Friday in Baton Rouge against sixth-ranked LSU.  The entire series will be available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldogs Sports Network from IMG. Friday’s opener, set for 8 p.m. EDT, will be part of the SEC Network’s Bases Loaded coverage, featuring every SEC team in a live compilation of seven games.  Here’s a few tidbits regarding the LSU series:  *Georgia (8-10) enters the LSU series Friday after concluding a season-long 11-game home stand in 16 days where it went 5-6 including six one-run games, winning just two of those. This year, Georgia is 2-2 on the road, claiming a series at Georgia Southern 2-1 and dropping a one-run decision at Mercer. The Tigers are 13-5 overall including 12-1 at Alex Box Stadium. They dropped their first home game this past Wednesday, losing a 15-inning affair to New Orleans as the game lasted five hours and eight minutes. The Bulldogs are led by Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin while the Tigers are coached by Paul Mainieri.  *No Bulldog on Georgia’s travel roster has ever played LSU in Baton Rouge. In fact, Georgia’s starting lineup has featured as many as seven freshmen this year and regularly includes at least five freshmen. Georgia has utilized 19 pitchers this season and that is the most since 19 were used during the 2014 campaign. In the late innings, freshman OF/LHP Tucker Bradley (0-0, 1.50 ERA, 1 SV & .275-0-0) has been getting the call along with sophomore LHP Adam Goodman (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV). Five weeks ago, Goodman changed to a submarine delivery, and he has been very effective. He entered the year with seven career innings and got his first save Wednesday.    *Georgia’s rotation for the LSU will be making their first career SEC starts. On Friday, senior LHP Andrew Gist (0-0, 2.20 ERA) will make his second start of the year and eighth of his career. In 16.1 innings this year, Gist has 21 strikeouts and just two walks. His SEC experience is just 2.2 innings of relief last year. Sophomore RHP Kevin Smith (1-2, 7.31 ERA), who had made the previous four Friday starts this year, is out due to a sore back. On Saturday, freshman RHP Tony Locey (2-2, 7.47 ERA) will be making his fifth career start. Junior transfer RHP Chase Adkins (3-0, 2.08 ERA) will make his fifth straight Sunday start. He has allowed just one run in his last 21 innings pitched. Adkins and LSU’s Jared Poche’ are the only two SEC hurlers with a complete game shutout.   *Sophomore C/DH Michael Curry (.294-5-22) is tied for second in the SEC in home runs and fourth in RBI. He has driven in a run in six straight games and in that stretch is batting .400 (10-for-25) with 14 RBI. A Freshman All-America selection in 2016, Curry batted .262-11-34 including seven home runs in SEC action. Freshman SS Cam Shepherd (.270-1-8) has been heating up at the plate, batting .375 (12-for-32) in his last seven games including going 4-for-6 with 6 RBI versus Xavier on March 7. Shepherd has started all 18 games at shortstop. Junior OF/1B Keegan McGovern (.291-1-6) enters the LSU series on a seven-game hitting streak (his career best is 8 set in 2016) and during this span, he is batting .417 (10-for-24) with a home run and four RBI.   *Series History: LSU leads the series with Georgia 64-21-3. Georgia last played the Tigers in 2015. That year, then No. 2 LSU took a rain-shortened series 2-0 at Foley Field. In Georgia’s last trip to Baton Rouge coming in 2014, the Bulldogs went 0-2-1 against then No. 6 LSU, tying the final game of the series 2-2 in 13 innings due to a travel curfew. Georgia’s last win over LSU came in 2012 in Baton Rouge, a 5-3 victory in the final game of a series. Georgia’s last series win over LSU came in 2011 in Athens (2-1), and the last series win in Baton Rouge came in 2008 (2-0-1) when the Bulldogs went on to reach the College World Series Finals.   Pitching Matchups: UGA @ LSU   Fri. at 8 pm EDT #5 Andrew Gist (0-0, 2.20), LHP, Sr. vs. #35 Alex Lange (3-1, 3.05), RHP, Jr. Sat. at 7:30 pm EDT #25 Tony Locey (2-2, 7.47), RHP, Fr. vs. #16 Jared Poche´ (4-0, 0.00), LHP, Sr. Sun. at 2 pm EDT #23 Chase Adkins (2-0, 2.25), RHP, Jr. vs. #10 Eric Walker (2-0, 2.14), RHP, Fr.   Television/Radio TV: SEC Network+ (Lyn Rollins, Ronnie Rantz, Ben McDonald) Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (Jeff Dantzler & David Johnston) Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), georgiadogs.com and via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app. Additional Coverage on Twitter: @BaseballUGA;   Follow the Dawgs For the latest on Georgia Baseball, follow the team on Twitter (@baseballUGA), Instagram (@baseballuga) and Facebook (GeorgiaBaseball).  ## 
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS-----Georgia plays host to Rider in a three-game series at Foley Field starting Friday at 6 p.m. Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin announced that the Bulldogs (6-7) will utilize the three-man rotation of sophomore left-hander Kevin Smith, freshman right-hander Tony Locey and junior right-hander Chase Adkins against the Broncs (3-5). The Saturday and Sunday games will begin at 1 p.m.  Here’s a few tidbits regarding the Bulldogs:   *Series History: The Bulldogs are 1-0 against Rider, and it was a huge victory. Georgia posted a 13-5 win over the Broncs to claim the 1987 NCAA Northeast Regional in Atlanta and send the Bulldogs to their first College World Series! Rider is located in New Jersey and competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.   *Stats At A Glance: Georgia is batting .260 with 13 home runs while the team ERA is 4.26 with three shutouts. This past Wednesday, Georgia scored a season-high 11 runs and finished the Xavier series batting .362 (25-for-69). Georgia’s leading hitters are junior Will Campbell (.342) and freshman Austin Biggar (.333). Biggar has a caeer-best five-game hitting streak.          Rider is looking to improve in all areas in the early going as the Broncs are batting just .211 with two home runs in eight games while compiling a 7.50 ERA and a .966 fielding percentage. Warmer weather should help them as last weekend Rider played in Delaware where game temperatures ranged from 28 to 43 degrees   *Did You Know? In Georgia’s 11-6 win over Xavier this past Wednesday (March 8), Keegan McGovern delivered a pinch-hit two-run home run to put Georgia in front 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Bulldogs eventually won 11-6. Before that big swing by McGovern, the last time Georgia got a pinch-hit home run came exactly a year ago, on March 8, 2016. That day, it was Michael Curry coming off the bench as he smashed a three-run shot against Charlotte at BB&T Ballpark.   Pitching Matchups: Georgia vs. Rider Friday @ 6:02 pm (SECN+): Kevin Smith (1-1, 3.94), LHP, So. vs. #32 Pete Soporowski (0-1, 18.69), LHP, Fr. Saturday @ 1 pm: Tony Locey (2-1, 4.50), RHP, Fr. vs. Nick Margevicius (1-0, 2.25), LHP, Jr. Sunday @ 1:02 pm (SECN+): Chase Adkins (2-0, 2.25), RHP, Jr. vs. Paul Sparano (0-1, 14.14), RHP, Jr.   Foley Field Ticket Information *Ticket Booth and Gates open two hours before first pitch. *Reserved Seat Tickets: $8; General Admission Tickets: $5; Order online or by calling 1-877-542-1231 *UGA Student Tickets: Free Admission with valid UGA Student ID Card *UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street   Television/Radio TV: SEC Network+: Friday & Sunday Only; No TV on Saturday Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (Jeff Dantzler & David Johnston) Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), georgiadogs.com and via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app. Additional Coverage on Twitter: @BaseballUGA; GameTracker: www.georgiadogs.com.gametracker   Promotions For Rider Series *Sunday: Anthem Buddies: Kids can stand with their favorite player during the national anthem. Also after the game, kids can run the bases and play catch in the outfield for a brief time.   Follow the Dawgs For the latest on Georgia Baseball, follow the team on Twitter (@baseballUGA), Instagram (@baseballuga) and Facebook (GeorgiaBaseball).        
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Ga. --- The Georgia Bulldogs bounced back after an 8-7 loss to score a season-high 11 runs to defeat Xavier, 11-6, on Wednesdaynight at Foley Field to split the mid-week series.  The game was scoreless through four innings before the bats came alive and the Bulldogs (6-7) and Musketeers (6-7) exchanged leads for the remaining innings.   With the game tied at six in the bottom of the eighth, Georgia scored five runs to take the commanding 11-6 lead. A throwing error by Xavier’s pitcher Sully Stadler allowed Aaron Schunk to score the go-ahead run and advanced runners to second and third.  Bases were loaded for Cam Shepherd after Tucker Maxwell was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch brought Keegan McGovern home for a two-run cushion, leaving runners at second and third.  Will Campbell was intentionally walked and Michael Curry singled to left field, bringing Trey Logan and Maxwell home for the decisive five-run lead.   In game one of the series, Georgia fell 8-7 to the Musketeers after attempting a comeback in the ninth inning.  Play resumed after yesterday’s suspension due to rain with the Bulldogs trailing 8-4 in the top of the seventh with two outs. Georgia went three up, three down in innings seven and eight.  LJ Talley was hit by a pitch before Keegan McGovern hit a single to put Talley in scoring position for Tucker Maxwell.  An error from the left fielder allowed Talley to score, advancing McGovern and Maxwell with Cam Shepherd coming to the plate.  Shepherd brought McGovern and Maxwell home to make it a one run game, before the inning ended on a 4-6-3 double play.  Georgia welcomes Rider to Foley Field for a weekend series starting on Friday, March 10 at 6 p.m. The series continues Saturday at 1 p.m.and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.  For the latest on Georgia Baseball, follow the team on Twitter (@baseballUGA), Instagram (@baseballuga) and Facebook (GeorgiaBaseball).  Dawg Tracks: Cam Shepherd had a career-high six RBI, most for the Bulldogs this season and went 6-for-10 in the series.   - Four RBIs for Michael Curry ties his career-high, which he achieved last season against Ole Miss  - Third homerun of the season for Curry, 14th of his career.  Coach's Corner  Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin  On splitting the midweek series…  “We need to score some runs.  We had a rough weekend so we needed to turn that around.  We played good baseball today.  We had to resume game one, we scored three runs in the ninth, put the winning run at the plate, down four and had a chance to win that game. We had some momentum going into game two.  The first four innings were 0-0 and then runs got put on the board.  I’m proud of our guys, we had some big, clutch hits and it was a big win for us. “  On the ability to bounce back after each half-inning…  We showed some toughness today and we needed to show that.  We’ve had some opportunities this year to come through in big situation and we hadn’t quite done it yet, so that was big for us to be able to come through.  We showed some fight. Player’s Perspective:  Cam Shepherd | Fr. | SS  On offensive momentum carrying over from the three-run ninth in game one...  'We came out here and tried to fight our butts off to get back into that game. We did, we got some momentum, and we got our bats going in the second game.' On the strong offensive performance in game two...  'We're relaxing a little bit. We're at that point in the season where all of the jitters are kind of out and everyone's being themselves and getting the bats going.' Justin Glover | Fr. | LHP  On his first collegiate start...  'A little bit nerve-wracking to start, but I'm glad I got it out of the way and was able to come back and compete well. I didn't have my greatest stuff, but I'm glad I came out here and gave us a chance to win, even though it wasn't for as long as I wanted it to be. I'm just looking forward to the next one.' On freshmen contributing...  'It's awesome. We've grown up playing together with a lot of these guys. To be able to have success at this level, to be able to see guys having fun, playing together, it's starting to turn around a little bit. Bats are getting going. It's just great to see.