Bulldogs Travel To No. 4 Clemson Wednesday
April 18, 2017
ATHENS-----Georgia aims to even a series at fourth-ranked Clemson Wednesday. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m., and the game will be available on ACC Network Extra and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.
Currently, Georgia is 15-22 while Clemson enters the contest at 30-7. For the first time since Opening Weekend, the Tigers dropped a three-game series, losing 2-1 at No. 25 FSU. Clemson won the opener 12-10 and then dropped the next two contests 7-3 and 7-6. The Bulldogs were swept by #11 Arkansas this past weekend in Fayetteville.
Georgia will employ another staff night on the mound against Clemson with sophomore LHP Kevin Smith (1-4, 7.67 ERA) getting the start. The Tigers will counter with graduate transfer Tyler Jackson (5-1, 4.11 ERA) again as he beat the Bulldogs with 7.2 scoreless innings in a 4-0 win at Foley Field on April 4th.
In records dating back to 1950, Clemson leads the series with Georgia 77-53-1. The Tigers won both meetings last year, posting an 11-6 win in Athens and 12-0 in Clemson. Georgia swept the Clemson series in 2015.
After the Clemson game, Georgia plays host to No. 20 Vanderbilt (22-15, 7-8 SEC) starting Friday at Foley Field. First pitch will be at 7:02 p.m. and it will televised by ESPNU. Saturday’s start time has been adjusted to 6 pm to allow fans a chance to attend “G-Day,” the annual spring football game. Sunday’s game will start at 1:02 p.m. The final two games of the Vanderbilt series will be available on SEC Network+.
Keep An Eye On These Bulldogs At The Plate:
*Sophomore C/DH Michael Curry (.348-8-38) is having an All-SEC caliber season, currently leading the Bulldogs in the “Triple Crown,” that is batting average, home runs and RBI, and he ranks in the top 10 in the SEC in those categories. In SEC action, he’s batting .373-3-11. Last week against Ga. Tech, Curry went 2-for-3 with an RBI-double and an intentional walk. In the series opener at No. 11 Arkansas, Curry went 3-for-4 with two home runs and 4 RBI and then followed that up with another 3-for-4 showing with two RBI. Overall, he batted .500 (6-for-12) with three home runs and six RBI versus the Razorbacks.
*Freshman SS Cam Shepherd (.333-1-14) has started all 37 games at shortstop and ranks among the SEC leaders with a .358 batting average in league games. Last week against Ga. Tech, he was 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk. In the series at No. 11 Arkanas, he went 4-for-14 with a pair of doubles to give him a team-high 12 on the year. Shepherd’s 51 hits this season and 12 doubles rank among the top 10 in the SEC.
*Freshman OF Tucker Bradley (.240-0-0) and sophomore 1B Adam Sasser (.220-2-7) enjoyed a solid series against the 11th-ranked Razorbacks. In three starts, Bradley hit .444 (4-for-9, two doubles, three walks) while Sasser batted .417 (5-for-12)
2017 Georgia Baseball Stat Link:
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