Bulldogs Battle #14 Arkansas Friday
April 28, 2011
ATHENS, GA --- Georgia is navigating through the nation's toughest rated slate with #14 Arkansas heading to Foley Field for an SEC series starting Friday.
The Bulldogs (22-20, 11-7 SEC) have played an SEC-leading 24 games against ranked teams, and Georgia's RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) this week was No. 18 according to the NCAA rankings. Georgia, led by coach David Perno now in his 10th season, has an SEC-high 11 wins against ranked opponents. Currently, Arkansas has an RPI of No. 17.
Arkansas (28-11, 9-9 SEC), under the direction of Dave Van Horn, holds a 23-17 edge in the series history with Georgia. The Razorbacks swept the Bulldogs last year in Fayetteville (10-2, 10-2, 13-5) while in 2009, Georgia claimed the series 2-1 (W, 4-3, 4-3 and L, 2-0). The first-ever meeting between the clubs came in the 1987 College World Series, a 5-4 Arkansas victory.
The Bulldogs will employ the same SEC rotation they have used all year with sophomore left-hander Alex Wood (4-4, 4.15) going on Friday followed by junior right-hander Michael Palazzone (7-1, 2.38) and junior left-hander Craig Gullickson (3-2, 7.11). Junior right-hander Tyler Maloof notched his SEC-leading 14th save against #9 Ga. Tech Tuesday at Turner Field. He is on the midseason list of candidates for the "Stopper of the Year" award.
Offensively, the Bulldog standouts include sophomore shortstop Kyle Farmer who is leading the SEC with 44 RBI. He is batting .302 with a team-high six home runs. Junior second baseman Levi Hyams owns a career-best 12-game hitting streak. He is batting .345-1-25 this year.
Probable Starting Pitchers For The UA Series
Friday at 6:30 p.m. EDT
UGA: Alex Wood, LHP, So. (4-4, 4.15 ERA)
UA: D.J. Baxendale, RHP, So. (5-1, 1.54 ERA)
Saturday at 1:03 p.m. EDT (ESPN2)
UGA: Michael Palazzone, RHP, Jr. (7-1, 2.38 ERA)
UA: Randall Fant, LHP, So. (1-2, 2.81 ERA)
Sunday at 2:07 p.m. EDT (CST-TV)
UGA: Craig Gullickson, LHP, Jr. (3-2, 7.11 ERA)
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: ESPN2 on Sat. (Clay Matvick, Kyle Peterson); CST on Sun. (Brock Bowling, Ron Swoboda)
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 UA Series:
Saturday: First 1,000 spectators receive Georgia Baseball mini-fans that light up
Sunday: There will be a post-game autograph session with the Bulldogs; 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 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: