March 28, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia (11-13) goes back on the road Tuesday to face 16th-ranked Clemson (13-9). First pitch will be at 7:07 p.m., and the game will be televised by CSS.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUP
UGA Chase Hawkins, LHP, (0-1, 6.10 ERA)
CU Justin Sarratt, RHP (1-1, 1.35 ERA)
THIS WEEK IN GEORGIA BASEBALL
March 29 at #15 Clemson, 7:07 p.m. (CSS-TV)
April 1-3 vs. #24 Miss. State (Foley Field), 6:30 p.m./2 p.m./2 p.m.
Georgia and Clemson have been squaring off in baseball since 1900. The Bulldogs hold a 113-98-2 edge in the series. Most recently, there have been two regular season meetings annually, one on each campus. Since 2007, one team has swept the series (Clemson in 2007 & 2010, Georgia in 2008 & 2009). Last year, the Tigers posted a 15-5 win in Athens and a 14-6 victory in Clemson. In 2009, Georgia beat the Tigers 6-5 in Athens and 4-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
Georgia will start junior left-hander Chase Hawkins (0-1, 6.10 ERA) Tuesday against the Tigers. It will be his third career start at Clemson. In 2010 at Clemson, he got the loss (3.1 IP, 3H, 5R, 5 ER, 3BB, 2K). He got a no decision as a freshman (4.2 IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K). In his career versus Clemson, he is 0-1, 6.75 ERA. Hawkins has served as the Bulldogs midweek starter again this year. Georgia has been getting several pitchers work in its midweek contests this year.
Bulldog junior pitcher Craig Gullickson played his first two collegiate seasons with Clemson (2008 & 2009). He transferred to Georgia in 2010 and sat out due to NCAA transfer rules. This year, he is Georgia's No. 3 starter. He defeated #9 LSU Sunday and is not expected to pitch against Clemson Tuesday.
DID YOU KNOW?
*The Georgia Bulldogs (11-13) have played an SEC-high 14 games against ranked opponents this season, and they are 6-8. The only SEC team with more wins over ranked opponents this season is Florida with eight.
*Georgia claimed an SEC series over #9 LSU 2-1 with stellar pitching, posting a 1.96 ERA. It was the first series victory over LSU since 2008 in Baton Rouge, and the first for the Bulldogs in Athens since 2001.
*From March 8-20, Georgia went on a nine-game road trip where it went 6-3 playing in seven different stadiums in three states including beating 2010 CWS Champion South Carolina and CWS finalist UCLA.
*While the new NCAA bat standards have curtailed offense around the nation, Georgia is batting only .260 with nine home runs to go with an ERA of 4.55. Last year at the 24-game mark, Georgia was 9-15 and batting .296 with 23 home runs and an 8.11 ERA.
*Junior RHP Tyler Maloof leads the SEC and is ranked fourth nationally with 8 saves. He's 8-for-8 this year, nailing down another one in the series-clinching 3-2 win over #9 LSU Sunday. His high ERA is a result of two outings in non-save situations against Stetson and #12 Ga. Tech, allowing a combined eight runs in 2.2 IP.
*Sophomore Kevin Ruiz batted a team-best .429 with one home run and two RBI in three starts against #9 LSU. This year, he has made starts in right field, first base and DH plus has made four relief appearances, posting a 0-0 mark and 3.00 ERA.
*Junior center fielder Zach Cone batted .400 in the series against #9 LSU and threw out the potential tying run in the bottom of the sixth of a seven-inning contest Sunday. It was his second assist of the year after leading all SEC outfielders with nine last year.
*Junior RHP Michael Palazzone tossed a seven-inning complete game victory over #9 LSU this past Sunday. In two SEC starts this season, both against top 10 opponents, he is 1-0 with a 0.61 ERA with 10 strikeouts and no walks in 14.2 IP. For the year, Palazzone is 3-1, 2.15 ERA.