Georgia Set to Face Alabama in SEC Tournament

ATHENS, GA.------The Georgia Bulldogs open the SEC Tournament Tuesday morning against Alabama at the Hoover Met. First pitch is scheduled for 10:32 a.m., and it will be televised by the SEC Network and be available on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.

Georgia (35-20) finished tied for second in the SEC Eastern Division with Florida as both had a 15-15 league mark. The Bulldogs are the No. 6 seed in the SEC Tournament after sweeping Florida during the regular season. Georgia is No. 12 in the latest NCAA RPI.  Georgia and the No. 11 seed Crimson Tide (29-25, 12-17 SEC) squared off during the regular season, and the Bulldogs won a road series two games to one by scoring in just two innings all weekend! In game one, the Bulldogs scored four in the first including a three-run home run by freshman Cole Wagner in a 4-2 win. In game two, a two-out three-run double in the third by Parks Harber was enough in a 3-0 victory as Jonathan Cannon, Luke Wagner, Chandler Marsh and Jack Gowen combined on a two-hitter. In game three, Alabama tossed a three-hit shutout, also 3-0, behind Grayson Hitt, Brock Guffey and Dylan Ray. On Tuesday, the Bulldogs will start sophomore LHP Luke Wagner (5-1, 5.11 ERA). Georgia is 1-2 all-time against Alabama at the SEC Tournament.

The Bulldogs are 31-48 all-time at the SEC Tournament with their best finish 2nd (1985, 1986, 1989). If Georgia advances over Alabama, it will face No. 11 Arkansas (38-16, 18-12 SEC), the third seed, on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. ET. The Bulldogs did not face Arkansas during the regular season. Georgia is batting .285 with 70 home runs while posting a 5.74 ERA and a .978 fielding percentage. The Bulldogs went 23-9 at home, 9-10 on the road and 3-1 in neutral site games. For the first time since 1998, Georgia went the entire regular season without playing an extra-inning game.

Bulldog graduate identical twins Cole and Connor Tate are leading the Bulldogs in batting. Shortstop Cole Tate (.355-5-28) and left fielder Connor Tate (.343-11-55) now hit No. 2 and 3 in the order. Connor has a shot at the Triple Crown. He has been even better in SEC action, batting .372-8-27 in 30 games while Cole hit .343-4-14 in just 18 league games. Cole missed three SEC series due to a stress fracture in his leg.  Cole made the 2022 SEC Community Service team. In the past four games, Cole batted .500 (8-for-16) with five runs scored, three doubles, one home run and two RBI.

Bulldog graduate centerfielder Ben Anderson (.279-8-32) is now a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. The Bulldogs leadoff hitter plans to go to medical school following his baseball career. He has a degree in biochemistry and working on a masters in comparative biomedical sciences. He owns a perfect fielding percentage in 134 chances including three assists in 53 starts this year.

Probable Pitching Matchup

TUESDAY: UA – Garrett McMillan (4-5, 3.83 ERA, Jr., RHP) vs. UGA – Luke Wagner (5-1, 5.11 ERA, So., LHP)

Georgia Baseball Radio/TV Links/SEC Tournament Page

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

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

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Tuesday Pregame Radio Show at 10:10 AM ET: https://georgiadogs.com/watch/?Live=4200&type=Archive

SEC Network TV & Live Stats Link

SEC Network Announcers: Dave Neal, Ben McDonald & Kris Budden

SEC Network Link for Tuesday:  http://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=628bac68-6015-4303-8199-50c42a89059f

SEC Baseball Tournament Tuesday Live Stats Link: http://statb.us/b/406829

SEC Baseball Tournament Information Page: https://www.secsports.com/championship/baseball

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