Bulldogs Welcome #23 Tennessee To Foley Field Thursday

April 9, 2014

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Bulldogs Face Vols Starting Thursday

ATHENS-----Georgia returns to SEC action Thursday when it plays host to 23rd-ranked Tennessee (22-9, 5-7 SEC). It will be the Bulldogs only home series in April. Thursday is the "SEC Game of the Week," and it will begin at 7:33 p.m on ESPNU. Friday's game starts at 7 p.m., and Saturday's contest has been adjusted to 4 p.m. due to the Bulldogs' Spring Football game earlier that day. 

The Bulldogs (19-13-1, 5-6-1 SEC), led by coach Scott Stricklin, have won their past two SEC series, defeating #22 Texas A&M in Athens and then going on the road to win at Missouri. Meanwhle the Vols, under the direction of Dave Serrano, registered an impressive series win over #4 Vanderbilt this past weekend in Knoxville and dispatched Tenn. Tech 10-1 Tuesday. The Vols started the year 12-0.

Bulldogs To Watch

Junior RHP Jared Cheek (5-3, 2.92 ERA) picked up his team-leading fifth win this past Saturday after going a career-high 5.1 scoreless innings with six strikeouts in a 13-inning road victory against Missouri. Cheek has been exceptional in SEC action, posting a team-best 0.82 ERA in five relief appearances. He will make his first career start for the Bulldogs on Thursday.  Georgia will keep its normal Friday/Saturday rotation of sophomore Ryan Lawlor (2-2, 2.95 ERA) and Robert Tyler (3-2, 1.37 ERA). UT will feature a rotation of senior RHP Nick Williams  (3-3, 2.68 ERA), freshman RHP Hunter Martin (2-1, 2.33 ERA) and freshman RHP Kyle Serrano (3-1, 4.68 ERA).

Offensively, Georgia is led by junior 3B/OF Hunter Cole at .324-2-20 with a team-high 12 doubles.The top hitter last weekend in the SEC series was junior OF Conor Welton as he batted .429 (6-for-14) against Missouri. He has a 7-game hit streak. Junior SS Nelson Ward has a team-best 23 RBI and a .299 average. Freshman CF Stephen Wrenn has a team-high 13 SB and ranks second on the team in SEC games with a .283 average. Now healthy, freshman INF Mike Bell has assumed the starting spot at second base. This past weekend at Missouri, he batted .250 (3-12) with his first career home run. In the Texas A&M series, he hit .374 (4-11) with a 2B and 2 RBI. Bell missed the first part of the season with injuries to his hand and hamstring. Bell's 5-game hit streak ended Tuesday at Clemson but he did walk twice and scored once.

Radio/TV Information 

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

Network TV on Thursday Only: ESPNU (Dave Neal, pxp; Kyle Peterson, Chris Burke, analysts); ESPN3: http://es.pn/1dYuIUe

Friday/Saturday: Available via subscription-based GTV (www.georgiadogs.com)

UGA Season Stats Link http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/m-basebl/stats/2013-2014/teamcume.html

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. 

Special Promotions This Series:

Thursday Only: First 1,000 fans receive Gordon Beckham bobblehead. Postgame: Greek Grand Slam: 7 participants from fraternity/sorority teams will compete in a home run derby.
Saturday Only: Anthem Buddies: All kids 12 and under are invited to stand on the field next to their favorite Bulldog during the national anthem. Postgame: Autograph Session, Kids Run The Bases, Catch in the Outfield

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