No. 28 Georgia Plays Host To No. 4 Florida Friday
April 14, 2011
ATHENS-----The No. 28 ranked Georgia baseball team returns to action Friday when it plays host to fourth-ranked Florida. First pitch will be at 7:06 p.m., and the game will be televised by CSS. Saturday’s game will be televised by ESPNU and begin at 5:03 p.m. Sunday’s contest will be a 2:06 p.m. start and be televised by CSS.
The Bulldogs (18-16, 8-4 SEC) have played the nation’s toughest schedule with 19 of its 34 games this season coming against ranked opponents. Georgia is 9-10 in those games. That’s the most games and wins versus Top 25 opponents by a Southeastern Conference team this year. The Gators (26-8, 9-3 SEC) have been a consensus top five team throughout 2011 after returning a majority of their team that advanced to the 2010 College World Series. In records dating back to 1950, Florida holds a 160-73-2 edge in the series history. Georgia last won a series over Florida in 2006 when they swept the Gators in Gainesville.
Last week, Georgia and Florida won SEC road series. The Bulldogs defeated Ole Miss 2-1 while the Gators claimed a 2-1 series victory over Mississippi State. This past Tuesday, Georgia fell to ninth-ranked Georgia Tech 5-3 in Atlanta while eighth-ranked Florida State beat Florida 3-1.
Probable Pitching Matchup Friday: 7:06 p.m. (CSS-TV)
UGA Alex Wood, LHP, So. (4-3, 3.66 ERA)
UF Hudson Randall, RHP, So. (5-1, 1.56 ERA)
Probable Pitching Matchup Saturday: 5:03 p.m. (ESPNU-TV)
UGA Michael Palazzone, RHP, Jr. (5-1, 2.28 ERA)
UF Brian Johnson, LHP, So. (5-1, 2.54 ERA)
Probable Pitching Matchup Sunday: 2:06 p.m. (CSS-TV)
UGA Craig Gullickson, LHP, Jr. (3-2, 5.86 ERA)
UF Karsten Whitson, RHP, Fr. (4-0, 2.01 ERA)
Radio/TV Information For The UF Series
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College
Play-by-Play: David Johnston, Jeff Dantzler
Station: 960 AM-WRFC
TV: CSS (Friday, Matt Stewart, Brian Jordan); ESPNU (Saturday: Dan McLaughlin, Nomar Garciaparra); CSS (Sunday: Matt Stewart, Jay Powell)
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
Special Promotions During UF Series:
Saturday: First 2,000 fans receive koozies
Sunday: First 1,000 fans receive a Georgia Baseball t-shirt; There will be a post-game autograph session; Kids 13 and under can run the bases after the 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, at the spring football G-Day game Saturday, or at each home baseball 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: