Feb. 21, 2013
Fast Facts On The Bulldogs
Georgia (1-3) plays host to Belmont (3-1) starting Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m. The original schedule called for the series to start on Friday, but it has been changed due to heavy rains in the forecast. The Bruins took a pair from Valparaiso (4-3 and 7-3) and beat Ohio 5-1 last weekend. Then, No. 2 Vanderbilt beat them 9-3 in Nashville this past Tuesday.
Belmont Series Ticket Update
Fans with tickets for Friday's baseball game can exchange them for a ticket to Saturday's game or a future game at the UGAAA Ticket Office in the Butts-Mehre Building during normal business hours or at the Foley Field Ticket Window on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday's game will be good for both games that day.
Single game Reserved seats at Foley Field: $8 each; General Admission: $5 apiece and can be purchased online. Georgia ticket office (877-542-1231) between 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday. UGA students admitted free with their valid UGA Student ID card. UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street.
Bulldogs Versus Bruins
Georgia is off to a slow start offensively, hitting just .221 with 11 runs scored and six of those came in the season-opening win at Ga. Southern. The Bulldogs have a 4.76 ERA and fielding .967. The lone starter batting above .300 is sophomore second baseman Nelson Ward (.400). Georgia will stick with the same rotation as the opening series: Sean McLaughlin, Patrick Boling and Luke Crumley.
Belmont, led by Dave Jarvis, is coming off their best season in program history, winning 39 games including the Atlantic Sun title and an NCAA appearance. This year, they are in the Ohio Valley Conference and picked to finish second. Senior Chase Brookshire was named the preseason OVC Pitcher of the Year after going 8-4, 2.45. This year, Brookshire is 1-0, 0.00 ERA with 1 BB, 8K in 5 IP. He will start game one followed by RHP Austin Coley (1-0, 0.00) and LHP James Buckelew (1-0, 3.38). Belmont enters the series batting .328 with a 2.75 ERA and a .969 Fielding Percentage.
Series History: Georgia and Belmont have faced each other just twice, and it was a 2001 series in Athens. The Bruins took game one 7-6 (10) while the Bulldogs gained a split with a 10-3 victory.
Noteworthy From KSU Game
*Senior SS Kyle Farmer extended his hitting streak to 7 games (1st four this year, last 3 in 2012) with an RBI-double. Three of his four hits this season have been doubles to give him 54 for his career.
*Freshman RHP David Gonzalez made the start in his debut (3.1 IP, 2H, 1R, 2BB, 2K).
*Senior C Brett DeLoach notched the first CS after the Eagles were 7-for-7 in the first series.
*The opponent has scored first in every game this year as KSU took a 1-0 lead in the 4th.
*KSU scored the winning run on a fielder's choice in the 9th.
Probable Starting Pitchers For Series
UGA: Sean McLaughlin (1-0, 4.50), RHP, Fr. vs. BU-Chase Brookshire, LHP, Sr. (1-0, 0.00)
UGA: Patrick Boling (0-1, 4.50), LHP, RJr. vs. BU-Austin Coley, RHP So. (1-0, 0.00)
UGA: Luke Crumley (0-1, 31.50), RHP, So. vs. BU-James Buckelew, LHP, Jr. (1-0, 3.38)
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College
Play-by-Play: Jeff Dantzler, David Johnston
Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), georgiadogs.com/allaccess via GTV
Seven Former Bulldogs In Major League Spring Training Camps
Gordon Beckham (2006-08), 2B Chicago White Sox
Mitchell Boggs (2003-05), RHP St. Louis Cardinals/USA Team: World Baseball Classic
Brooks Brown (2004-06), RHP Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Fields (2005-08), RHP Houston Astros
Justin Grimm (2008-10), RHP Texas Rangers
Jeff Keppinger (1999-2001, INF Chicago White Sox
Alex Wood (2011-12), LHP Atlanta Braves