Bulldogs Travel To Clemson Wednesday
April 10, 2012
Georgia (19-13) looks to get back on track Wednesday when it travels to Clemson (18-14) in a game televised by CSS starting at 7:05 p.m. Fans can listen to the action on 960 AM and selected affiliates plus via premium content on www.georgiadogs.com.
The Tigers swept Duke in Durham this past weekend. Clemson posted a 10-5 win over Georgia in Athens on March 27. The pitching matchup Wednesday will be the same as last time with a pair of freshman right-handers getting the call. Georgia will go with David Sosebee (2-0, 2.84) while Clemson counters with Daniel Gossett (3-2, 4.66, 2SV). Clemson has won five in a row in the series and leads it overall 72-48-1 dating back to 1950.
Georgia is batting .279 as a team with a 3.64 ERA and a .977 Fielding Percentage. In SEC action, the Bulldogs are batting .283. They have a 4.99 ERA and an impressive .981 Fielding Percentage.
Freshman left fielder Hunter Cole saw his 14-game hitting streak end this past Sunday at then #13 Arkansas. During the streak, he batted .451 (23-for-51) with 5 HRs & 10 RBI. Still, Cole is batting a team-best .395-3-5 in SEC action. Overall, he is batting .328-6-16.
Georgia has added a home game on Monday, April 16 at 3 p.m. vs. Liberty. It will be free admission.
Junior LHP Blake Dieterich (3-1, 1.90 ERA, 5 SV) assumed the closer role this season with junior Tyler Maloof sidelined with a lat injury. He is 5-for-6 in Save Chances this year. While Maloof remains out, Dieterich returns to the rotation for the Ole Miss series while freshman RHP Pete Nagel goes to the bullpen. Dieterich will start Saturday. It will be his ninth career start and first this year. The rest of the rotation will feature senior Michael Palazzone going on Thursday and sophomore left-hander Alex Wood on Friday.
Last week, Georgia dropped a series at #13 Arkansas while Ole Miss (21-10, 6-6 SEC) lost a series at red-hot #10 Kentucky. The Razorbacks (24-7, 7-5 SEC) feature one of the nation’s top pitching staffs, and they limited the Bulldogs to just seven runs and a .204 batting average (20-for-98). However, Georgia managed to win game one 4-2 behind a stellar pitching performance by sophomore left-hander Alex Wood (4-1, 2.45 ERA). He notched his second career complete game and beat the SEC Wins and ERA leader in Ryne Stanek who entered the contest 6-0 with a 1.26 ERA. Big innings and little offense doomed the Bulldogs the rest of the series, falling 8-3 and 8-0.
Georgia’s defense has been excellent for much of the season. The Bulldogs did not make an error during the Arkansas road series and raised their fielding to .977 overall. Ole Miss has a doubleheader with Central Arkansas (13-15) Tuesday before arriving in town. Dating back to 1954, the Georgia-Ole Miss series is tied at 32-all.
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College
Play-by-Play: Jeff Dantzler, David Johnston
Station: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings) and via www.georgiadogs.com
TV: CSS (Don Munson, Joe Beckwith)