Bulldogs Face No. 20 Clemson Tuesday
March 24, 2014
ATHENS-----Georgia returns to Foley Field this week for the start of a four-game homestand to close out March. It features 20th-ranked Clemson (14-9) Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. (CSS-TV) and then an SEC series with Texas A&M (17-8, 3-3 SEC) starting Friday at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs (14-10-1) are coming off a tough weekend at #6 LSU that saw the Tigers win the first two games (4-0 and 2-1), and then the teams played 13 innings and ultimately tied 2-2 due to an SEC travel curfew. It marked Georgia’s first tie game since 2008 when the same thing happened at LSU (10-10 in 12 innings). Meanwhile, Clemson went 1-2 against top-ranked FSU while the Aggies won a home series over Florida 2-1. Georgia’s annual two-game set with Clemson concludes on the Tiger campus on April 8. Last year, the Aggies opened SEC action with a three-game sweep of the Bulldogs in College Station in the first-ever meetings between the schools.
In records dating back to 1950, Clemson leads the series with Georgia 73-50-1. Last year in the two meetings, the road team notched a win. The Tigers beat Georgia 9-1 in Athens and the next day in Clemson, the Bulldogs snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory.
For the year, Georgia is batting .273 with a 3.96 ERA and fielding .970. Offensively, Georgia ranks second in the SEC with 133 walks but have a league-high 167 strikeouts. In SEC action, Georgia leads the conference in pitching with a 2.25 ERA, however the Bulldogs rank 14th in batting at .184 and have scored just 12 runs in six league games after facing #24 Miss. State and #6 LSU. Georgia leads the SEC in Double Plays Turned with 27. Clemson is batting .293 with a 4.68 ERA and a .963 fielding percentage.
*Junior LHP Jared Walsh (1-0, 3.38 ERA) gets the start Tuesday against the Tigers. It will be his fourth appearance this year including his third start. Last Tuesday, he started and was part of a combined shutout of Presbyterian. Walsh went five innings and allowed two hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Also, he has made 15 starts as a hitter with eight at first base, four as a DH and three in right field. The Tigers, coached by Jack Leggett, are starting sophomore RHP Clate Schmidt (2-4, 4.64 ERA).
*Junior 3B/OF Hunter Cole (.337-1-15) saw his streak of reaching base in every game this year end last Saturday at #6 LSU. The streak was snapped at 23 games and also ended a 12-game hitting streak. Currently, junior OF Conor Welton (.320-1-10) has the team’s longest streak of reaching base safely this year at 24 games.
*With the injuries early on to freshman SS Mike Bell, junior co-captain 2B/SS Nelson Ward (.302-2-18)has done a nice job filling in at shortstop this season. Ward has displayed excellent range in 23 starts there. Overall, he is fielding .956 in 135 chances. Bell returned in limited action last week at second base. Ward has a five-game hitting streak. He led the team in batting during the series at #6 LSU, collecting four hits in 12 at bats (.333) with two doubles, an RBI and stolen base.
*Redshirt sophomore RHP David Sosebee (0-1, 2.96) has combined to toss 14.2 scoreless innings in his last five relief outings. He made one appearance at #6 LSU for 3.2 innings. Junior Ross Ripple (2-0, 3.86) also tossed 3.1 scoreless innings against the Tigers. Junior Jarrett Brown (1-0, 4.11) and senior Dylan Cole (0-0, 2.53) combined to throw the final 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball Sunday versus LSU.
*Freshman RHP Robert Tyler (1-2, 1.91 ERA) received a standing ovation from the Alex Box Stadium crowd of 7,000 plus last Saturday after 7.2 stellar innings in Baton Rouge. He lost a pitcher’s duel 2-1. In his last three starts, the Bulldogs have scored a total of three runs, and he’s 0-2 with a 2.08 ERA in that stretch against Ga. Tech, #24 Miss. State and #6 LSU.
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