Junior Ben Cornwell will start against Tech at Turner Field.
April 25, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia (21-20) squares off with ninth-ranked Georgia Tech (30-11) Tuesday at Turner Field at 7:06 p.m. (Fox Sports South) in the ninth annual "Spring Baseball Classic For Kids."
Tech won the on-campus meetings earlier this season, posting a 15-6 victory in Athens on March 22 and a 5-3 decision in Atlanta on April 12. Georgia will start junior RHP Ben Cornwell (1-3, 5.84 ERA). This will be Cornwell's sixth start this year. Tech will start freshman RHP Matt Grimes (5-2, 4.01 ERA).
Georgia holds a 6-2 edge in the series at Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves. In records dating back to 1950, Georgia owns a 110-95 edge in the overall series. The Yellow Jackets are hitting .317 with 29 home runs, fielding .969 and have a 2.76 ERA. The ninth annual "Spring Baseball Classic For Kids" raises more than $200,000 annually for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and its Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Program. Since 2004, there have more than 20,000 tickets sold annually.
All-Time Spring Baseball Classic Results
Year Result Attendance
2003 Georgia beat #10 Ga. Tech 10-3, Att.: 8,900
2004 #15 Ga. Tech beat #12 Georgia 12-5, Att.: 28,836
2005 Georgia beat #6 Ga. Tech 11-8, Att.: 14,398
2006 #16 Georgia beat #15 Ga. Tech 5-4 (11), Att.: 19,119
2007 Georgia beat #24 Ga. Tech 10-7, Att.: 21,620
2008 #7 Georgia beat #25 Ga. Tech 3-2, Att.: 22,599
2009 #15 Georgia beat #7 Ga. Tech 7-5, Att.: 24,665
2010 #8 Ga. Tech beat Georgia 6-4, Att.: 16,194
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College
Play-by-Play: Jeff Dantzler, David Johnston
Station: 960 AM-WRFC; 1230 AM-WFOM The Fan 2 (based in Marietta and covers Cobb, Gwinnett and Fulton county)
TV: Fox Sports South (Dave Neal and Larry Conley)
Georgia Bulldog Update
The Bulldogs are navigating through the nation's toughest rated schedule with 23 of its games so far against ranked teams. Georgia has an SEC-high 10 wins against ranked opponents. Georgia's schedule this week feature four more games against ranked foes in #9 Tech and #16 Arkansas (28-11, 9-9 SEC).
At 11-7 in league play, Georgia would be leading the SEC Western Division by two games, however as a member of the rugged Eastern Division, that's only good enough for 4th behind three teams ranked in the top five in Florida (31-10), South Carolina (31-8) and Vanderbilt (35-5), all tied for the league lead at 14-4.
Sophomore SS Kyle Farmer (.299-6-41) has hit safely in 18 of the past 19 games. He had a 16-game streak end this past Friday at Tennessee. He came back strong over the final two games to hit two home runs and drive in seven to tie for the SEC lead with 41 RBI on the year. He is batting .387 during this stretch (29-for-75) with 24 RBI. In the two games with Tech this year, Farmer is batting .444 (4-for-9) with two RBI.
Junior 2B Levi Hyams (.341-1-23) owns an 11-game hitting streak. He is batting .375 during this stretch (18-for-48) with 10 RBI. Earlier this year, he had a career-best 11-game hitting streak. Hyams batted a team-best .364 (4-for-11) with a double, triple and two RBI against Tennessee this past weekend. Against Tech this year, Hyams is batting .500 (5-for-10) with one RBI.
Georgia features one of the league's best starters and closers. Junior RHP Michael Palazzone (7-1, 2.38 ERA), also an Academic All-America candidate with a 3.52 GPA in Finance, has beaten four ranked teams this year including #4 Florida and #5 FSU. He is 5-0 with a 2.02 ERA in league play.
Junior RHP Tyler Maloof notched his 13th save in the UT series as the Bulldogs lead the league with 16. Maloof is among those named to the midseason list of Stopper of the Year candidates. Maloof's 13 saves this year ranks fifth best in school history. The school record is held by 2008 first round draft pick Joshua Fields (18 SV) who is currently in Double-A with the Seattle Mariners.
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 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.
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: