April 3, 2014
ATHENS-----Fresh of its first SEC series win over No. 22 Texas A&M, Georgia (16-12-1, 3-5-1 SEC) returns to action Friday against Missouri (13-13, 3-6 SEC) for another league series. It will be Georgia's first-ever trip to Columbia. Game times for the series will be 7 p.m. EDT on Friday, 3 p.m. EDT on Saturday, and Sunday's game has been moved up to Noon EDT.
In SEC action, Georgia ranks 3rd in the league in pitching with a 2.82 ERA, however the Bulldogs rank 13th in batting at .214. Overall, Georgia is batting .270 with a 4.35 ERA and fielding .970. Georgia coach Scott Stricklin will stick with sophomore LHP Ryan Lawlor (2-2, 4.54 ERA) and freshman RHP Robert Tyler (2-2, 1.54 ERA) for the first two games of the SEC series with Sunday's starter is TBA.
Missouri At A Glance
The Tigers are 13-14, 3-6 SEC, and under the direction of Tim Jamieson. On Tuesday, they lost to Southern Illinois 4-2 at the Lou Brock Complex in St. Charles, Mo. A Wednesday date with Illinois at Busch Stadium was postponed due to weather. Last week, Missouri won a road series at Auburn 2-1. They opened SEC play dropping two of three to UT and then were swept by Ole Miss in Oxford. They are batting .259 with a 3.60 ERA and fielding .969. The Tigers will employ a rotation of junior RHP Brett Graves (3-2, 2.47 ERA), junior RHP John Miles (2-2, 5.02 ERA) and senior RHP Eric Anderson (0-2, 3.44 ERA).
2013 Georgia-Missouri Series Flashback
Missouri and Georgia met for the first time in school history last season in Athens. The Tigers blanked the Bulldogs 4-0 in game one behind a complete game from Rob Zastryzny (eventual 2nd round draft pick of Chicago Cubs, 41st player overall selected in 2013 MLB draft) and got a two-run home run from Keaton Steele. Georgia bounced back to take game two 6-5 as Sean McLaughlin tossed five innings and allowed just one run on four hits with four strikeouts. Mike Mancuso pitched two scoreless innings and Dylan Cole picked up a save. Jared Walsh had two hits and two RBI. Missouri claimed the series by erasing an early 5-0 deficit and rallying for four runs in the ninth for an 8-5 win. Steele pitched the final 7.1 innings with nine strikeouts for a victory. Georgia hit .290 in the series with a 4.67 ERA and fielded .967.
A Look At The Bulldog Offense
Georgia's offense has been led by juniors Hunter Cole (.319-1-15), Nelson Ward (.297-2-20) and Conor Welton (.305-1-13). In SEC games, it's freshman Stephen Wrenn leading the team at .290 followed by Ward (.265), Welton (.250) and Cole (.237). Overall, Ward leads the team with 20 RBI and 21 BB while Wrenn has a team-best 10 SB. Wrenn (.291-0-15) batted a team-best .455 in the series against the Aggies. He went 5-for-11 with 3 RBI, two SB and threw out a runner at the plate. He is fielding 1.000 in 88 chances with four assists.
Junior LHP/1B Jared Walsh moved to the leadoff spot for the first time in his career during the Texas A&M series. He wound up hitting .385 (5-for-13) with three runs scored and two RBI.
Freshman INF Mike Bell started all three SEC games this past weekend at second base and batted .374 (4-for-11) with a double and two RBI. He missed the first part of the season with injuries to his hand and hamstring.
On The Road In April
This month, Georgia has just three games at Foley Field, and it's the UT series (April 10-12). Last weekend's Texas A&M series concluded a stretch of 17 home games during the month of March for the Bulldogs as they went 13-4.
Radio/TV Information For Missouri 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: Free Live Stream available through MizzouNetwork.com. The username is firstname.lastname@example.org and the password is Sh0w3r5