Georgia Faces No. 21 Clemson Wednesday At Foley Field
April 19, 2011
ATHENS, Ga.----- Georgia (19-18 overall, 9-6 SEC) begins a four-game week Wednesday when it plays host to No. 21 Clemson (22-13, 9-9 ACC) at 7:06 p.m. (CSS-TV).
Georgia has played the nation’s toughest rated schedule with 22 of its 37 games coming against ranked teams this year. The Bulldogs have an SEC-high 10 wins against ranked opponents. Georgia is hitting .279 with 20 home runs, fielding .973 and have a 4.76 ERA. Georgia batted .327 against the #4 Gators and posted a perfect fielding percentage in 122 total chances. Junior RHP Ben Cornwell (1-2, 5.48) will start against the Tigers. Clemson has not announced its starting pitcher.
On Monday, the Bulldogs took time out for some community service, playing host and helping coach a Special Olympics event at Foley Field billed as “Second Annual Home Runs for Hometown Rivals.” Last year, more than 50 Special Olympians participated and it raised more than $2,300. Cornwell and senior Eric Swegman served as the coaches during the game.
Clemson is 9-1 in its last 10 games including on a four-game winning streak. This past weekend, they swept a road series over Boston College. They are batting .319 with 22 home runs, fielding .967 and have a 3.60 ERA.
On Thursday, the Bulldogs head to Knoxville for an SEC series with the Volunteers (21-15, 4-11 SEC) that begins Friday at 6 p.m. Before the Bulldogs come to town, UT faces Western Carolina on Wednesday. The Volunteers claimed a series from No. 24 Alabama this past weekend in Tuscaloosa. After dropping the Thursday opener 8-2, severe weather postponed game two and forced a pair of seven-inning games Saturday that UT won 2-1 and 1-0. It snapped a nine-game losing streak. UT is batting .290 with 20 home runs, fielding .974 with a 4.11 ERA.
Bulldog Hitters To Watch
*Sophomore SS Kyle Farmer (.295-4-33) owns a career-best 15-game hitting streak. That ranks tied for the third longest active streak in the SEC behind Tanner Mathis (Ole Miss) at 20 games and Jason Esposito (Vanderbilt) at 18 games. The longest hitting streak in the SEC this year belongs to Anthony Gomez (Vanderbilt) at 29 games. Farmer hit .462 (6-for-13) with flawless defense in 18 total chances against the fourth-ranked Gators. He is batting .400 during the streak (24-for-60) with 16 RBI.
*Sophomore 3B Curt Powell (.282-1-9) has a career-best 8-game hitting streak. He is hitting .370 during this stretch (10-for-27) with 6 RBI.
*Junior 2B Levi Hyams(.342-1-21) owns a 7-game hitting streak. He is batting .394 during this stretch (13-for-33) with 8 RBI. Earlier this year, he had a career-best 11-game hitting streak.
Georgia-Clemson Series Returns To Foley Field
Georgia and Clemson have been squaring off in baseball since 1900. The Bulldogs hold a 113-100-2 edge in the series. Most recently, there have been two regular season meetings annually, one on each campus. Since 2007, one team has swept the series (Clemson in 2007 & 2010, Georgia in 2008 & 2009). Last year, the Tigers posted a 15-5 win in Athens and a 14-6 victory in Clemson. In 2009, Georgia beat the Tigers 6-5 in Athens and 4-2 at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
This season, Clemson registered an 11-5 win over the Bulldogs in their home game on March 29. The Bulldogs led 4-2 going to the sixth before the Tigers exploded for seven runs on just two hits including a grand slam by Richie Shaffer. Sophomore reliever Patrick Boling got the loss after failing to retire a batter in the sixth frame, issuing four walks and surrendering four runs. Georgia started junior left-hander Chase Hawkins (3 IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 1K) before giving way to the bullpen as the Bulldogs have been getting several pitchers work in their midweek contests.
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Play-by-Play: Jeff Dantzler, David Johnston,
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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
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UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street, Gates Open @ 5:00p.m.
The Johnathan Taylor Fund:
Georgia junior outfielder Johnathan Taylor (J.T.) sustained a neck injury March 6 in a collision with a teammate during a game against 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; Zach Cone, Peter Verdin and Levi Hyams have worn Taylor’s #2 jersey in several games this season.
Fans can donate to the Johnathan Taylor Fund through at each home game as Diamond Darlings will have a station set up outside the gates and will be in the stands collecting too.
Also, an account has been set up at First American Bank and Trust (FAB). Donations can be mailed to the following account or dropped off at any FAB location. First American Bank and Trust, c/o Johnathan Taylor Fund, P.O. Box 1688, Athens, Ga., 30603.
A website where individuals can send Johnathan messages and check for updates has been set up by the family. To send an online note to Johnathan and the family, please visit:
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