May 10, 2012
Georgia (28-21, 12-12 SEC) returns to action Friday for the start of another SEC series as fourth-ranked South Carolina (37-12, 16-8 SEC) comes to Foley Field. First pitch on Friday will be at 7 p.m., and the game is sold out. A limited number of tickets remain for Saturday (1:05 p.m.) and Sunday (2 p.m.). Georgia head coach David Perno and the Bulldogs will honor the seniors on the team before Sunday's game.
Fans attending Friday night's baseball game can utilize the following lots, located in closer proximity to Foley Field: Hoke Smith Annex, Foley Field lot, Carlton Street Parking Deck, Rankin Smith Academic Center, Coverdell Parking Lot and gravel parking lots along Agriculture Drive. Additional lots can also be found at the McPhaul Building, Plant Sciences, Forest Service and Aderhold on Carlton Street and DriftmierEngineering on Agriculture Drive. On Friday, a free shuttle will be available for baseball spectators from the East Campus Parking Deck, dropping off at Stegeman Coliseum. The shuttle will begin at 6 p.m., and will run until 30 minutes after the completion of the game.
Bulldog Fast Facts
Georgia saw its four-game winning streak snap this past Wednesday following an 8-6 loss at Ga. Tech. The Bulldogs trailed 8-1 going to the eighth and brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth before their rally fell short. Freshman RF Hunter Cole blasted a three-run home run in the eighth and delivered an RBI-double in the ninth to ignite the comeback attempt. He tied a career high with 4 RBI.
Georgia has won four straight SEC games. The Bulldogs posted their first SEC series sweep of the season, beating Auburn 5-2,6-5(11) and 9-3 last weekend. The streak began April 29 down in Baton Rouge when the Bulldogs beat #4 LSU 5-3. Meanwhile, fourth-ranked South Carolina, under the direction of Ray Tanner, has won six consecutive SEC series as well as 13 of its last 14 conference games. Last week, they won a series at Arkansas for only the second time in school history. Four Gamecock pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout of Furman this past Wednesday in a 7-0 victory in Columbia.
Junior SS Kyle Farmer (.310-4-33) enjoyed a big SEC series in helping sweep Auburn, batting .467 (7-for-15) with a home run and five RBI. He notched a walk-off single in Saturday's 11-inning affair and smashed a three-run home run in the second inning of Sunday's 9-3 victory to pace the offense. He is batting .333-3-16 in SEC action. Farmer is riding a 14-game hitting streak where he is batting .333 (22-for-66) in this stretch. The longest hitting streak by a Bulldog this season is 14 games, also matched by junior Curt Powell and freshman Hunter Cole earlier this year. Powell's streak just ended last Saturday against the Tigers.
Georgia is one of the top defensive teams in the SEC, fielding .978 overall and .981 in SEC games this year. Those marks are on pace to set a school record for the second straight season. With scoring down in college baseball, defense is even more important. The Bulldogs are 8-7 in one-run games including 1-1 in extra-innings.
Georgia redshirt sophomore LHP Alex Wood (6-1, 2.64 ERA, 81K, 19 BB, 81.2 IP) posted another Friday night SEC win, going eight innings with 10 strikeouts in a 5-2 victory over the league's top-hitting team in the Auburn Tigers. For his effort, Wood earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors for the second time this year and third time in his caeer. In SEC action, Wood is 3-0 with a 2.67 ERA in eight starts with two of those halted due to rain. Georgia will employ the same rotation of the past three SEC series with Wood going on Friday followed by senior RHP Michael Palazzone (2-5, 5.45 ERA) and freshman RHP Luke Crumley (2-2, 4.02 ERA) on Sunday.
Georgia Radio Information: Station: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings);
Ticket Information: Single game Reserved seats at Foley Field: $8 each; General Admission: $5 apiece and can be purchased online. Georgia ticket office (877-542-1231) between 8:30 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday.