March 27, 2014
ATHENS-----Georgia (14-11-1, 1-4-1 SEC) aims to get back on track when it begins an SEC series with #22 Texas A&M (17-9, 3-3 SEC) Friday at Foley Field at 7 p.m. The Saturday and Sunday games will be at 1 p.m.
Georgia is batting .269 with a 4.39 ERA and fielding .969. It leads the SEC in Double Plays Turned with 28. Georgia ranks second in the SEC with 138 walks but has a league-high 175 strikeouts. In SEC action, the Bulldogs lead the conference in pitching with a 2.25 ERA, however they rank 14th in batting at .184.
Last weekend at #6 LSU, Georgia registered a 2.17 ERA but scored just three runs while batting .150. LSU made numerous highlight plays in the field and did not make an error. In the SEC opening series with #24 Miss. State, Georgia posted a 2.33 ERA and hit .219.
Coach Scott Stricklin will stick with the same SEC rotation from the first two series, going with sophomore LHP Ryan Lawlor (2-2, 5.02 ERA), freshman RHP Robert Tyler (1-2, 1.91 ERA) and senior LHP Patrick Boling (2-2, 3.26 ERA).
Inside the Numbers
Georgia's offense has been led by juniors Hunter Cole (.330-1-15), Nelson Ward (.310-2-18) and Conor Welton (.305-1-10). In SEC games, Ward is the only member of this trio above .300. He is batting .304 with only one strikeout in 23 at bats while Cole and Welton have combined to hit .229. Overall, Ward and freshman Stephen Wrenn (.272-0-12) share the team lead with 8 SB each. Ward has a team-best 19 walks while Cole and Ward have nine doubles each. Ward has a 6-game hitting streak.
When Zero Is Significant
Redshirt sophomore RHP David Sosebee (0-1, 2.96 ERA) 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.
Texas A&M At A Glance
The 22-ranked Aggies (17-9, 3-3 SEC), under the direction of Rob Childress, make their first trip to Athens. They opened league play by droppping a series 2-1 at Auburn and then bounced back by claiming a series over Florida 2-1 in College Station. They won the final game over the Gators in 11 innings, their fourth walk-off of the year. On Tuesday, A&M fell 8-1 to Sam Houston State.
They are batting .274 with a 2.67 ERA and fielding .972. Last year, the Aggies swept Georgia in their inaugural SEC series, winning 4-1, 2-1 (10) and 11-4. It marked the first-ever meetings.
Texas A&M will employ a rotation of junior RHP Daniel Mengden (2-3, 3.24 ERA), sophomore RHP Grayson Long (3-0, 1.13 ERA) and freshman LHP Tyler Stubblefield (3-1, 2.04 ERA).
See You Next Month...Barely
The Texas A&M series concludes a stretch of 17 home games during the month of March for the Bulldogs. In April, Georgia has just three games at Foley Field, the UT series (April 10-12). Please note that it's a Thursday-Saturday series with the first contest featured on ESPNU as the "SEC Game of the Week." Also, Saturday's UGA-UT game time has been changed to 4 p.m. as that's G-Day.
Radio/TV Information For A&M Series
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College
Play-by-Play: David Johnston, Jeff Dantzler
Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), georgiadogs.com/allaccess via GTV
TV: Available online via streaming through GTV
Friday-Saturday Network Test Stream on ESPN3
Ticket Information: 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.
Promotions: Multiple during the game.
UGA Season Stats Link