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    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.
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia versus Xavier was suspended in the top of the seventh inning with the Bulldogs trailing, 8-4. The game will resume tomorrow, March 8, at 4 p.m.  Game two of the series is set to begin at 6 p.m.  After giving up a run in the top of the first inning, the Bulldogs took the lead in the bottom of the frame. Tucker Maxwell was walked to start the inning before Cam Shepherd came to the plate and hit his first career homerun over the fence in left field.   Down 5-2 heading into the bottom of the third, Georgia was able to tack on two runs to cut Xavier’s lead to one.  Logan Moody led off with a single up the middle and Maxwell singled to right field before Shepherd brought them home with a single to center field.   Xavier added one run in the fifth and two more in the sixth for its 8-4 lead heading into the rain delay.   Dawg Tracks: Logan Moody had his first career start in left field and made the second out of the second inning.   Cam Shepherd has a career-high three hits and four RBIs.  For the latest on Georgia Baseball, follow the team on Twitter (@baseballUGA), Instagram (@baseballuga) and Facebook (GeorgiaBaseball).
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Georgia – Kennesaw State edged Georgia 5-4 Tuesday at Foley Field in front of a crowd of 1,535.   The bullpen featured a quartet of Georgia relievers in Blakely Brown, Tucker Bradley, Shane Tucker and Andrew Gist, who collectively delivered 4.1 scoreless innings of work. Offensively, Georgia collected five hits and drew 10 walks but left 11 men on base.  Kennesaw State (5-3) struck first using the long ball to make the score 2-0, but Georgia responded in the bottom of the frame by scoring Aaron Schunk on a Keegan McGovern sacrifice fly. On the same play in an attempt to catch Will Campbell at third, an overthrow on the relay from third baseman Jeremy Howell allowed the junior base runner to score, evening the game at two. The Owls tacked on another home run in the top of the second, but a base hit from Michael Curry in the third scored McGovern from second to make the game 3-3.  In the top of fifth, junior Drew Moody replaced freshman starter Christian Ryder with runners on first and second, surrendering just one of the freshman’s runs in the frame. In the next inning, Kennesaw State pushed its fifth run across the plate with a Taylor Allum home run off Moody.  Pinch running for LJ Talley, Mitchell Webb cut the Owls’ lead to one by scoring on a Taylor Wilkes wild pitch in the eighth.  Georgia dropped its second straight one-run game and fell to 3-5.   Dawg Tracks: - After three relief appearances, freshman Christian Ryder maneuvered his first start of the year with four earned runs in four innings of work. - Drew Moody made his season debut in the top of the fifth, allowing one run with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings. - McGovern stole second in the bottom of the third, placing himself in scoring position for Curry’s RBI base hit. The junior is 5-for-5 in steals for his career.   Coach’s Corner Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin “I thought our bullpen was outstanding they gave us a chance, our defense was good, we did everything right but get the hit when we needed to get the hit. We won in a lot of categories tonight except for the most important one and that’s the runs.    “Our kids are going to keep working and keep battling, it was a good baseball game we just have to find a way to get a base hit. We had the right guys up at the right time we just couldn’t get a ball to fall.”    “I thought our bullpen was really good and kept us right there and gave us a chance to win it. Good to have Drew Moody back, Blakely Brown, Shane Tucker, Gist, Bradley, all those guys threw the ball really well and gave us a chance to win.”    On getting ready for UAB: “We have to continue to play the way we’re playing. We just have to get hits. When you have guys in scoring position, and I think we left 11 guys on base and I think we were 1-12 with runners in scoring position and when you have guys in scoring position you have to find a way to get hits and weren’t able to do it tonight.”   Player Perspective Sophomore C Michael Curry: On the team’s performance: “They came out hitting, and we made a few mistakes, and they took advantage of it. Our pitching staff did well, but we didn’t take advantage of our opportunities.”   On moving forward: “Eliminate the free-bee. Eliminate the free bases and just take advantage of the opportunity. Bases loaded with one out, you’ve got to find a way. We played pretty well, but we’ve got to come out and be ready to play.   Up Next Georgia plays host to UAB for a three-game series to continue its 11-game home stand. Game one, slated for SEC Network, begins at 5 p.m. on Friday.   Follow the Dawgs  For the latest on Georgia Baseball, follow the team on Twitter (@baseballUGA), Instagram (@baseballuga) and Facebook (GeorgiaBaseball).
  • From UGA Sports Communications MACON---- Mercer shortstop Matt Meeder delivered an RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth for a 6-5 win over Georgia Tuesday in front of a capacity crowd of 2,417 at OrthoGeorgia Park.  The Bears (4-0) and Bulldogs (1-3) combined to hit six home runs on the evening as the home team fought back from an early 4-1 deficit.  Trailing 4-3 in the seventh, Mercer centerfielder Alex Hanson smacked a two-run home run to give the Bears their first lead. However, the Bulldogs tied it in the eighth on a wild pitch.  After working a quick eighth with a pair of strikeouts, freshman Zac Kristofak issued a leadoff walk to Danny Edgeworth in the ninth. The Bears executed a bunt to move him into scoring position. After an intentional walk, Georgia turned to freshman Aaron Schunk to face Meeder who lined a single to centerfield for the game-winner. Mercer reliever Nick Spear got the win to move his record to 2-0 while Kristofak fell to 0-1.  Georgia got home runs from freshmen Will Proctor and Tucker Maxwell while sophomore catcher Michael Curry hit his second home run of the year, a two-run shot as those swings accounted for four of Georgia’s runs.    Dawg Tracks                                     *Freshman Will Proctor got the scoring started with his first career home run. Proctor’s solo shot came in the 2nd after Mercer starter Austin Cox had struck out six of the first eight Bulldogs he faced.  In the fifth, freshman Tucker Maxwell notched his first career home run for a 4-1 lead.   *Sophomore Michael Curry blasted his second home run of the year and 13th of his career for a 3-0 lead in the fourth.   *Senior left-hander Andrew Gist started and tied his career-high with six strikeouts in only 4.2 innings. He did not factor in the decision.   Coach’s Corner Ike Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin On Georgia's performance:  'I feel bad for the team because they played well tonight and didn’t get the win, but when you play on the road, you have to play better than the home team, and Mercer played a little bit better. We’ll practice Wednesday and then get ready to go on the road against another quality opponent in Georgia Southern. It will start bouncing our way. We’ve turned the page from our first two games and we’ve definitely played better in these last two games.”    Up Next Georgia heads to Statesboro later this week for a three-game series with Ga. Southern  starting Friday at 6:30 p.m. (ESPN3)   Follow the Dawgs For the latest on Georgia Baseball, follow the team on Twitter (@baseballUGA), Instragram (@baseballuga) and Facebook (GeorgiaBaseball).
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS-----Georgia goes on the road for the first time this season as it heads to Macon Tuesday for a 6 p.m. contest against the undefeated Mercer Bears.  Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin announced that senior left-hander Andrew Gist (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for the Bulldogs. Mercer will counter with sophomore left-hander Austin Cox (1-0, 0.00 ERA). Gist pitched 2.2 scoreless innings of relief in the season opener. Last year, he went 3-2 with a 5.18 ERA in 15 appearances including six starts. Here’s a few tidbits regarding Tuesday’s matchup:  *Georgia leads the all-time series with Mercer 46-13 in records dating back to 1950. Last year, Georgia won 7-6 in 10 innings in Macon while the Bears posted a 3-1 win in Athens. In the Bulldog win, Blakely Brown made his debut as he inherited a bases-loaded situation with one out in the bottom of the ninth and picked up the victory with 1.2 IP and 3K. Georgia’s pitching staff issued 11 walks and had five wild pitches but struck out 14. The bullpen allowed just one run over the final 7.2 innings. Logan Moody’s sacrifice fly provided the go-ahead run in the 10th.  *Georgia dropped its season-opening series to College of Charleston and avoided a sweep this past Sunday with a 9-8 thriller over the Cougars. The Bulldogs entered the ninth Sunday leading 9-7 and sent freshman OF/LHP Tucker Bradley to the mound for his pitching debut after playing the first eight innings in centerfield. He issued back-to-back walks and then an RBI-double, and on the play, the Bulldogs threw out the potential tying run at the plate for the first out, as the batter took third. With one out, Bradley struck out the Cougars cleanup hitter, and then freshman Christian Ryder made his debut and struck out the next hitter for the save! Meanwhile, Mercer swept a three-game set from Maryland Eastern Shore, outscoring them 36-6.  *Fifteen Bulldogs made their debut this past weekend including 12 freshmen. Georgia started five freshmen on Opening Day (2B, 3B, SS, CF, LF), the largest group since 2009 when five started. *Bulldog sophomore 1B Adam Sasser led the offense with an SEC-best .667 average (6-for-9) with two home runs and three RBI. He had one home run in 55 at bats last year.  Freshman C Austin Biggar made two starts and batted .571 (4-for-7) with a double, home run and four RBI. In Sunday’s win, freshman 3B Aaron Schunkdrove in five runs as part of a 3-for-4 day. For the weekend, Georgia batted .314 with eight doubles and four home runs, however the pitching staff surrendered 32 runs with 19 walks and eight wild pitches.   Pitching Matchup Tuesday at 6 pm:  Andrew Gist (0-0, 0.00), LHP, Sr. vs. Austin Cox (1-0, 0.00), LHP, So.   Television/Radio TV: None 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