April 10, 2013
Georgia (12-22, 2-10 SEC) heads to Auburn Friday for the start of a three-game SEC series. The Bulldogs dropped a 7-5 decision to 20th-ranked Ga. Tech in Athens Tuesday. Auburn plays host to Alabama State Wednesday. Georgia enters the AU series batting .277 with a 4.68 ERA and .974 FLDG%. Game one is at 7 p.m. ET followed by a 4 p.m. ET start Saturday and 2 p.m. ET contest on Sunday.
Probable Bulldog Rotation
Friday, LHP #38 Patrick Boling RJr. 2-4, 3.65 ERA
Saturday, RHP #3 Sean McLaughlin Fr. 4-2, 2.60 ERA
Sunday, LHP #21 Jared Walsh So. 1-3, 2.95 ERA
Since 1950, Auburn leads the all-time series with Georgia 99-84. Last year, Georgia swept the Tigers in Athens, winning 5-2, 6-5(11) and 9-3, and then the Tigers eliminated the Bulldogs at the SEC Tournament 3-2 that ended Georgia's season. This year, Auburn jumped out to a 13-3 mark before getting swept by league heavyweights LSU (now 31-2, 11-1 SEC) and Vanderbilt (now 30-4, 11-1 SEC) Then, they lost a home series to Alabama and bounced back with a road series win over Texas A&M.
Historic Comeback Highlights Last Trip To Plainsman Park
In their last visit to the Plains coming in 2011, the Bulldogs dropped a series 2-1 to Auburn, falling 4-3 (11) and 3-0 before a monumental comeback to avoid a sweep in the final game, winning 14-11. In that Sunday contest, Georgia trailed 8-0 after the first and rallied for nine runs in the ninth, capped by a grand slam by Kyle Farmer to stun the Tigers.
May 8, 2011: A Look Back At the 9th, Georgia Down 11-5
Georgia pinch-hitter Lance Martin and shortstop Kyle Farmer reach on walks. After retiring Zach Cone, Chase Davidson blasted his second home run of the contest, a three-run shot to centerfield off Dillon Ortman to close the gap to 11-8. It was Davidson's first two-homer game of his career. The Bulldogs loaded the bases off Ethan Wallen on a walk to Jonathan Hester, pinch-hitter Curt Powell was hit by a pitch and Carson Schilling lined a base hit to left. After a walk to Kevin Ruiz forced in Georgia's ninth run of the day, the Tigers went to the bullpen again for left-hander Sean Ray. Levi Hyams stepped in with the bases loaded, one out and the Bulldogs trailing 11-9. Hyams fell behind 1-2 and then worked a walk to bring in another run. Martin came up for the second time in the inning. Ray struck him out on on a 1-2 pitch, and it was all up to Farmer.
Farmer smashed a 1-0 offering over the green monster in left for a grand slam, the first by a Bulldog since 2009. For Farmer, it was his seventh home run of the year and gave him a team-leading 48 RBI. Suddenly, the Bulldogs led 14-11 courtesy of a nine-run outburst. Cone was retired to send it to the bottom of the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, Auburn got a leadoff single from Cullen Wacker. Closer Tyler Maloof then struck out Justin Hargett and got Justin Fradejas to bounce into game-ending double play. Maloof got the win to improve to 2-1 while Wallen fell to 4-4 as much of the Plainsman Park crowd of 3,080 left shaking their heads in a contest that lasted 3:35.
Noteworthy: The comeback over Auburn marked the largest ninth-inning deficit (6 runs) and second largest overall deficit (8 runs) that the Bulldogs have overcome in a game in the David Perno era. In a 2006 SEC Tournament elimination game, Georgia trailed South Carolina 9-0 after the second inning and had the lead by the fifth en route to a 16-10 victory.
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