April 4, 2011
ATHENS-----The No. 30 ranked Georgia baseball team returns to action Tuesday when it plays host to Charleston Southern. First pitch will be at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs (14-14) are coming off a Southeastern Conference sweep of then 24th-ranked Mississippi State. Georgia holds a 4-0 edge in the series history with CSU that dates back to 1996. The last meeting came in 2001 when the Bulldogs posted a three-game sweep (1-0, 8-1 & 14-2). Game two of this year’s series begins Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The Buccaneers (17-13) are members of the Big South Conference where they are 5-4. CSU is just 2-6 on the road. This past weekend, they won two of three from UNC-Asheville. The Bucs are batting .299 as a team with 13 home runs. They are fielding only .956 and have a 5.02 ERA. CSU has not announced its rotation for the series. Senior first baseman Derek Smith leads the offense at .302 with six home runs and 29 RBI. Senior outfielder Brantley Meier (.348-0-11) has a team-best 12 stolen bases.
On Friday, Georgia returns to SEC action when it heads to Oxford, Miss., to face the Rebels (19-10, 4-5 SEC). Ole Miss faces Memphis on Tuesday before the Bulldog series.
Probable Pitching Matchup Tuesday
UGA Chase Hawkins, LHP, (0-1, 5.70 ERA)
Probable Pitching Matchup Wednesday
UGA Ben Cornwell, RHP, (0-1, 5.94 ERA)
Radio/TV Information For The CSU Series
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College
Play-by-Play: David Johnston, Jeff Dantzler
Station: 960 AM-WRFC
Ticket Information: Reserved Seat Tickets: $8; General Admission Tickets: $5
Order online via www.georgiadogs.com or by calling 1-877-542-1231
Foley Field Ticket Booth: Open 2 hours before each game
UGA Student Tickets: Free Admission with valid UGA Student ID Card
UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street, Gates Open two hours before each game
The Johnathan Taylor Fund: Georgia junior outfielder Johnathan Taylor (J.T.) sustained a neck injury March 6 in a collision with outfielder Zach Cone during a game against #5 Florida State. On March 7, Taylor had neck surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens to stabilize his spine. On March 11, he was transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta where he is currently a patient.
To honor J.T., the Bulldogs are wearing “JT-2” decals on the back of their batting helmets; “JT-2” is painted on the Foley Field wall in left center; they carry a framed picture of J.T. with them for their dugout; Cone, Levi Hyams and Peter Verdin have worn Taylor’s #2 jersey in games.
Fans can donate to the Johnathan Taylor Fund through the UGAA website, georgiadogs.com, or at each home game as Diamond Darlings will have a station set up outside the gates and will be in the stands collecting too. For more information, please click on this link: