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College Baseball

    ATHENS------The Georgia Bulldogs will have 35 games at Foley Field in 2019, featuring Southeastern Conference series with South Carolina, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Kentucky. The 56-game college baseball season begins Feb. 14 at Foley Field with a series against Richmond. Nine of Georgia’s first 10 contests will be at home. The annual series with Georgia Tech will be played on three consecutive days starting Friday, Feb. 28 at Foley Field followed by a game at SunTrust Park in Atlanta and then will conclude with one on Tech’s campus. The game at SunTrust will serve as the 18th annual Spring Baseball Classic to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The Bulldogs are 11-6 all-time against Tech in this game that began in 2003 at Turner Field and moved to SunTrust in 2017. Georgia will open SEC play on the road for the fourth straight year, this time against Florida (March 13-15) while the Bulldogs SEC home opener will be with the Gamecocks (March 20-22). The other SEC home series will be with the Tigers (April 9-11), the Volunteers (April 24-26), the Rebels (May 1-3), and the Wildcats (May 14-16). Along with the series in Gainesville, Fla., Georgia’s road trips in the conference will be at Vanderbilt (March 27-29), Texas A&M (April 3-5), Missouri (April 17-19) and Arkansas (May 8-10). Please note the ESPNU and SEC Network Thursday night selections have not been set, thus some SEC series may change to Thursday-Saturday. For the third year in a row, Georgia will play a game at SRP Park in North Augusta, S.C., the home of the Augusta Green Jackets, the Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The Bulldogs will face Georgia Southern on March 4 at 5 p.m. Last year, Georgia blanked The Citadel 9-0 in front of an SRP crowd of 3,602 while in 2017, a crowd of 5,801 watched Georgia beat No. 8 Clemson 6-3 there. The SEC Tournament will feature the league’s top 12 finishers in the regular season and be played in Hoover, Ala., from May 19-24. NCAA Regional action at various campus sites will be May 29-June 1 with Super Regionals from June 5-8. The 2020 season culminates with the College World Series (CWS) from June 13-23 in Omaha, Neb. The Bulldogs have made six appearances in Omaha including winning the national title in 1990 and reaching the CWS Finals in 2008. Georgia will begin fall practice Sept. 18. The Bulldogs will play exhibitions against Columbus State on Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at Foley Field and versus Florida on Nov. 1 in Jacksonville at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free for the exhibition in Athens and the three-game Red and Black Fall World Series (Oct. 25-27).   Tickets for the Georgia-Florida exhibition at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville are $15 (plus applicable fees) and include a postgame concert featuring award-winning country sensation Brett Young with special guests and a fireworks show. Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased at this link: http://www.gado.gs/35j   Georgia is in its seventh year under Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin. The Bulldogs welcome back 20 returning lettermen and 16 newcomers. Georgia returns seven starting position players including a pair of 2019 draft picks in shortstop Cam Shepherd and infielder/outfielder Riley King. Also, several key components of the pitching staff are back including premium draft prospects Emerson Hancock and Cole Wilcox. The 2019 Bulldogs earned a final top 20 national ranking after going 46-17 including 21-9 in the SEC. Also, Georgia was a national No. 4 seed and played host to an NCAA Regional to cap its finest year in a decade. The Georgia Bulldog Club operates the Georgia Baseball Fund (GBF), which serves as the priority-seating program for Georgia Baseball. The donation deadline to guarantee a renewable season ticket for the 2020 Georgia Baseball season is Oct. 31. To learn more about the GBF, call The Georgia Bulldog Club toll-free at (877) 423-2947 or review the GBF brochure at the following link: http://thegeorgiabulldogclub.com/georgia-baseball-fund Season ticket applications will be mailed in October, and the deadline will be Nov. 30.   2020 GEORGIA BASEBALL TENTATIVE SCHEDULE DAYS DATES OPPONENT/SERIES TIME (ET) Sun. Oct. 20 Exhibition: Columbus State 1 pm Fri. Nov. 1 Exhibition: ~Florida 6:30 pm Fri.-Sun. Feb. 14-16 Richmond 5/2/1 pm Wed. Feb. 19 @ Kennesaw State 5 pm Fri.-Sun. Feb. 21-23 Santa Clara 5/1(DH)/1 pm Tues. Feb. 25 Kennesaw State 5 pm Fri. Feb. 28 Georgia Tech 5 pm Sat. Feb. 29 %Georgia Tech 2 pm Sun. March 1 @ Ga. Tech 1 pm Tues. March 3 Georgia Southern 5 pm Wed. March 4 &Georgia Southern 5 pm Fri.-Sun. March 6-8 UMASS 6/2/1 pm Wed. March 11 @ Georgia Southern 6 pm Fri.-Sun. March 13-15 @ *Florida TBA Wed. March 18 USC Upstate 6 pm Fri.-Sun. March 20-22 *South Carolina 7/2/1/ pm Wed. March 25 Wofford 6 pm Fri.-Sun. March 27-29 @ *Vanderbilt TBA Tues. March 31 Georgia State 6 pm Fri.-Sun. Apr. 3-5 @ *Texas A&M TBA Tues. Apr. 7 Clemson 6 pm Thurs-Sat. Apr. 9-11 *Auburn 7/7/1 pm Tues. Apr. 14 Jacksonville State 6 pm Fri.-Sun. Apr. 17-19 @ *Missouri TBA Tues. Apr. 21 @ Clemson TBA Fri.-Sun. Apr. 24-26 *Tennessee 7/2/1 pm Tues. Apr. 28 Coastal Carolina 6 pm Fri.-Sun. May 1-3 *Ole Miss 7/2/1 pm Fri.-Sun. May 8-10 @ *Arkansas TBA Tues. May 12 Presbyterian 6 pm Thurs.-Sat. May 14-16 *Kentucky 7/7/2 pm Tues.-Sun. May 19-24 ^SEC Tournament TBA   Fri.-Mon. May 29-June 1 +NCAA Regionals TBA  Fri.-Mon. June 5-8 +NCAA Super Regionals TBA  Sat.-Wed. June 13-23 $College World Series TBA         Home games in Bold; ~Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, Fla.; %SunTrust Park, Atlanta, Ga.; &SRP Park, N. Augusta, S.C.; *SEC game; ^Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, Hoover, Ala.; +Campus Sites, TBA; $TD Ameritrade Park, Omaha, Neb.; Note: All times and dates subject to change
  • ATHENS-----University of Georgia All-American Aaron Schunk has been named the 2019 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year, the College Baseball Foundation announced Thursday.   “In the end, we felt that Aaron’s impact on the mound, where he factored in the decision in 15 of his 17 appearances, his steady bat and his outstanding play at third base put him just a tick above the others,” said George Watson, chairman of the Olerud Award selection committee. “Plus his ability to positively affect the lives of others off the field makes him the perfect example of what the Olerud Award is all about. We are excited to see what the future holds for him.”   A second-round draft pick by the Colorado Rockies in last week’s Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Schunk helped lead the Bulldogs to a No. 4 National Seed in the NCAA Tournament and a final record of 46-17. He became the first Bulldog in nine years to capture the “Triple Crown,” leading the team with a .339 average, 15 home runs and 58 RBI. On the mound, he tallied 12 saves to go with a 1-2 record and a 2.49 ERA in 17 appearances. Earlier this week, Schunk was named a first team All-American as a utility player by Baseball America along with other multiple All-America and All-Region squads by various outlets. Additionally, Schunk is a Dean’s List student and a three-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. He earned a spot on the 2019 SEC Community Service Team. Schunk signed a professional contract with the Rockies earlier this week.   “We are honored that Aaron has been selected as this year's John Olerud Award winner,” said Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin. “It's a tremendous accomplishment for him and well-deserved. He's been an outstanding representative of the Georgia baseball program on and off the field throughout his career.”    The John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award is named for the former Washington State University standout who achieved success both as a first baseman and left-handed pitcher during the late 1980s and who was inducted into the National College Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. The College Baseball Foundation (CBF) will present Schunk the 2019 award later this year. The other finalists this year were Will Mattiessen (Stanford), Alec Burleson (East Carolina), Tristin English (Ga. Tech) and Davis Sharpe (Clemson).   Schunk is the first Bulldog to win the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award. Previous winners of the award include Mike McGee (2010-FSU); Danny Hultzen (2011-Virginia), Brian Johnson (2012-Florida), Marco Gonzales (2013-Gonzaga), A.J. Reed (2014-Kentucky), Brendan McKay (2015-17-Louisville) and Brooks Wilson (2018-Stetson). For more information on the CBF’s John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award, visit www.collegebaseballhall.org.
  • ATHENS-----University of Georgia third baseman/closer Aaron Schunk and pitcher Emerson Hancock have been named All-Americans by Baseball America, it was announced Monday. Schunk, a 6-2, 205-pound native of Atlanta, Ga., earned First Team All-America honors as a utility player. He served as the starting third baseman and closer for the Bulldogs in 2019. The Colorado Rockies selected Schunk in the second round (62ndoverall) of Major League Baseball’s draft last Monday. He is a finalist for the John Olerud Award, given to the nation’s top two-way player by the College Baseball Foundation. The winner will be announced later this month. Schunk is the first Bulldog to be named a First Team All-American since first baseman Rich Poythress in 2009. Last year, Schunk and Keegan McGovern were selected to numerous Third Team All-America squads. Schunk became the first Bulldog in nine years to earn the “Triple Crown,” leading the team in batting (.339), home runs (15) and RBI (58). Outfielder Zach Cone was the last Bulldog to do that in 2010 (.363-10-53). Additionally, Schunk posted 12 saves to go with a 1-2 mark and a 2.49 ERA in 17 appearances. In his Bulldog career, Schunk started 153 games and tallied a .312 batting average with 30 doubles, 19 home runs and 114 RBI plus 20 saves, a 3-4 record and a 2.79 ERA in 38 relief outings. A three-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll as a psychology major, he was named to the 2019 SEC Community Service Team too. Schunk was a third team All-America selection by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2018. Hancock, a 6-4, 215-pound right-hander from Cairo, Ga., went 8-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 14 starts as a sophomore this past season to make Baseball America’s Second Team. In 90.1 innings, Hancock registered 97 strikeouts and only 18 walks while holding the opposition to a .185 batting average. Hancock’s 1.99 ERA was the eighth best in school history and lowest by a Bulldog starter since 1977 (Chuck Fore, 1.67). He is a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, majoring in Management. Currently, Hancock is on the 24-man USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) summer roster. He was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. Earlier this month, he was named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.  Hancock headlines a talented Bulldog squad that returns 11 pitchers and six starting position players in 2020. The 2019 Georgia team earned a No. 4 National Seed and reached the NCAA Athens Regional Final with a 46-17 record. They posted a school record 21-9 mark in Southeastern Conference action. Georgia was nationally ranked among the top 10 for much of the season. Final top 25 rankings will be released at the end of June following the conclusion of the College World Series. 
  • ATHENS-----University of Georgia pitchers Emerson Hancock and Cole Wilcox have been invited to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (CNT) summer training camp. Hancock, a 6-4, 215-pound right-hander from Cairo, Ga., is on the 24-man USA CNT roster. He was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy. A First Team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a sophomore, he went 8-3 with a 1.99 ERA in 14 starts this past season. In 90.1 innings, Hancock registered 97 strikeouts and only 18 walks while holding the opposition to a .185 batting average. Hancock’s 1.99 ERA was the eighth best in school history and lowest by a Bulldog starter since 1977 (Chuck Fore, 1.67). In SEC action, Hancock went 4-2 with a 1.69 ERA in eight starts. Also, he was named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Wilcox, a 6-5, 232-pound right-hander from Chickamauga, Ga., earned SEC All-Freshman honors after going 3-2 with a 4.07 ERA in 11 appearances including three starts. In 59.2 innings, he struck out 64 with 38 walks. In SEC play, Wilcox posted a 3-1 mark and a 2.57 ERA. As a freshman, Wilcox will be on the training camp roster with the aim of making the 26-man squad and ultimately the final 24-man team. The 2019 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will participate in series of four intrasquad exhibition games later this month and a contest against the Coastal Plain League Select squad before announcing a 26-man roster. Then, the team will play Cuba in an International Friendship Series that will take place July 2-6 in Cary, Charlotte, Durham and Hickory, North Carolina. Team USA's 26-man roster will then travel to Taiwan for the 19th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series after which USA Baseball will announce a final 24-man roster to compete in the 43rd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series from July 16-21 in Japan. The Bulldogs (46-17) earned a National No. 4 seed for the 2019 NCAA Championships and advanced to the NCAA Athens Regional Final. Hancock and Wilcox were part of a staff that set school records for most strikeouts (601) and lowest opponent’s batting average (.200) plus posted the second-best ERA in school history at 3.24 and the second fewest runs allowed (235). They are the first Bulldogs to be invited to a USA CNT summer camp since shortstop Cam Shepherd in 2017. The Bulldogs who toured with the USA Summer Team include pitcher Cris Carpenter (1987), pitcher Dave Fleming (1989), pitcher Brian Powell (1994), catcher Clint Sammons (2002), shortstop Kyle Farmer (2012) and pitcher Robert Tyler (2015). Hancock and Wilcox are projected first round draft picks in the 2020 MLB Draft next June.
  • ATHENS-----Georgia will play host to North Georgia in a free exhibition at Foley Field this Sunday at 2 p.m.   This year, the NCAA is allowing schools to play two fall games, and the Bulldogs will face the Nighthawks on Sept. 30 and UNC-Asheville on Oct. 14. Both exhibitions at Foley Field will begin at 2 p.m. with free admission.   Seating at Foley Field for the exhibitions will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Restrooms will be open, however the concession stands will be closed. Fans can bring in snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The games likely will last 14 innings to try and get everyone a bit of playing time. Also, fans will have a chance to catch Georgia t-shirts and beanie babies that the Diamond Darlings will be tossing to the crowd during the exhibition.   Georgia is in its sixth year under Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin. Georgia’s fall roster features 39 players including 10 newcomers. The Bulldogs welcome back 25 returning lettermen including seven starting position players and several key components of the pitching staff. The 2018 Bulldogs earned a final top 20 national ranking after going 39-21 including 18-12 in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia was a national No. 8 seed and played host to an NCAA Regional where it reached the final to cap its finest year in a decade.   Georgia’s All-American two-way standout Aaron Schunk (3B/RHP), freshman All-Americans C.J. Smith (LHP/OF) and Mason Meadows (C) plus second team All-SEC first baseman Adam Sasser are back. Also, Cam Shepherd returns after setting a school record for fielding percentage by a shortstop (.980). Georgia’s starting pitcher Sunday will be junior right-hander Tony Locey and up to 12 Bulldogs are scheduled to see action on the mound.   “You answer a lot of questions in the fall, and I know we are excited about this fall and the upcoming season,” said Stricklin. “We’re going to make the exhibitions as game-like as possible. We’re able to play more than nine innings so we could have players re-enter during the game too.”   North Georgia is coached Tom Cantrell who is in his 20th season. The Nighthawks posted a 31-22 record last season including 17-13 in the Peach Belt Conference. A couple of top returnees on the mound are sophomores Cade Heil (6-8, 4.45 ERA) and closer Parker Morrison (4-2, 2.01 ERA, 10 Saves). Junior catcher Andres Perez blasted 23 home runs with 68 RBI and a .330 batting average last season to headline the returnees on offense.   Georgia will conclude practice with the annual Fall Red and Black World Series slated for Nov. 1-3. Those three scrimmages will be free and open to the public. The 2019 season begins Feb. 15 with a three-game series against Dayton at Foley Field.
  • Sasser Earns National and SEC Player of the Week Honors   Georgia Sports Communications/For Immediate Release/May 7, 2018   ATHENS-----Georgia junior first baseman Adam Sasser has been named Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Week as well as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.   A 6-4, 245-pound native of Evans, Ga., Sasser batted .538 (7-for-13) with four home runs and 10 RBI to lead Georgia to a three-game SEC road sweep of Missouri. He tied a school record with three home runs in one game in Georgia’s 10-6 win on Thursday. On Saturday, he belted his fourth home that capped a 10-pitch at bat in the team’s 7-1 victory.   Sasser leads the team with a .343 batting average, ranks second on the club with eight home runs and third in RBI with 39. He is Georgia’s leading hitter in SEC action at .381-5-24. He has played in 46 games with 39 starts at first base.   The Bulldogs (33-14) own a No. 4 RPI (Rating Percentage Index) according to the NCAA and are a consensus top 20 ranked team. They are ranked as high as No. 9 in Collegiate Baseball’s weekly top 30. Up next, Georgia faces Georgia TechTuesday in the 16th annual Farmview Spring Classic For Kids at SunTrust Park, a benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Tickets and parking can be purchased through Ticketmaster at this link: http://gado.gs/919 First pitch will be at 7:02 p.m. and be televised by the SEC Network and available via the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   
  • ATHENS-----Due to the threat of inclement weather Sunday, 18th-ranked Georgia and 11th-ranked Kentucky will conclude an SEC baseball series here Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. There is no change to game one of the series on Friday. The Bulldogs (24-9, 8-4 SEC) play host to the Wildcats (23-10, 5-7 SEC) starting Friday at 7 p.m., and the game will be available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG. Saturday’s action will feature a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. The first game of the day will be streamed online as a simulcast with Jeff Dantzler and David Johnston on the broadcast, and it will be available on SEC Network+ and the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG. The final game of the series will begin no earlier than 7 p.m. Saturday and be televised on the SEC Network with Dave Neal and Ben McDonald calling the action plus be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG. A Saturday ticket is good for both games of the doubleheader. Fans holding tickets for the Sunday game may exchange those for general admission tickets to any remaining home baseball game during the 2018 season, pending availability.   The Kentucky series will feature an array of promotions including Friday’s Georgia Baseball 1990 replica hat giveaway to the first 1,000 fans and Saturday’s Georgia Baseball Lanyard giveaway to the first 1,000 fans. However with no game Sunday, the next chance for kids to participate in the Anthem Buddies, Run the Bases, Play Catch in the Outfield and get post-game Autographs will be the April 29th against Tennessee at Foley Field.
  • ATHENS---- The 18th-ranked Georgia baseball team will face eighth-ranked Clemson Tuesday at SRP Park, the new home of the Augusta Green Jackets in North Augusta, S.C. First pitch will be at 6:30 p.m. and be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG. There is no television for this contest.   Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin has the Bulldogs off to their best start in nine years. After 32 games, the Bulldogs mark of 23-9 is the best since the 2009 club roared out a 26-6 start. Georgia is ranked as high as No. 10 this week in the top 25 polls while Clemson (25-7) checks in as high as No. 3. In the latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), the Tigers are No. 5 while the Bulldogs are No. 8. Clemson gave up its home game to play at SRP Park, and it will be the home team. The two squads will meet again next Tuesday in Athens at Foley Field.   Georgia will start sophomore right-hander Tony Locey (6-0, 3.07 ERA) while the Tigers counter with freshman right-hander Spencer Strider (3-0, 4.12 ERA). Last Tuesday against Georgia Tech, Locey was on a pitch count and tossed two innings before giving way to the bullpen including junior Kevin Smith who picked up a win in a combined four-hit shutout. Smith struck out a career-high nine in 4.1 innings. This past weekend, the Bulldogs dropped their first SEC series of the year, going 1-2 at No. 15 Vanderbilt. Meanwhile, the Tigers won a road series over Notre Dame 2-1.   Locey is no stranger to pitching in professional ballparks. Last year, he pitched one scoreless inning of relief at SunTrust Park (home of the Atlanta Braves) in the first game open to the public as Georgia faced Missouri on April 8. The game drew a crowd of 33,025, which was the second largest in college baseball history. Then on May 9, he started at SunTrust Park against Georgia Tech and tossed four scoreless innings in front of a crowd of 23,737. He got a no decision and Georgia went on to win 8-7 to sweep the season series.   The Tigers won both on-campus meetings against the Bulldogs the past two years. Last season, they registered a 4-0 win in Athens and a 9-7 victory in Clemson. Georgia’s last win over the Tigers came when it swept the two-game set in 2015.   Georgia is batting .287 with a 3.54 ERA and a .978 fielding percentage. Clemson is hitting .248 with a 3.14 ERA and a .976 fielding percentage. The Bulldogs look to have their leading hitter, senior Keegan McGovern (.364-10-31) return for this weekend’s SEC series with No. 11 Kentucky (22-10, 5-7 SEC), according to Strickin. He left last Friday’s game at No. 15 Vanderbilt after tweaking his back. McGovern is one of four Bulldog regulars hitting at least .300 along with junior designated hitter Michael Curry (.339-6-33), junior first baseman Adam Sasser (.318-2-23) and redshirt freshman catcher Mason Meadows (.314-2-16).   Georgia returns to Foley Field Friday when it starts an SEC series against the nationally ranked Wildcats.   Pitching Matchups: UGA vs. Clemson Tues. at 6:30 pm ET: Tony Locey (6-0, 3.07 ERA), RHP, So. vs. Spencer Strider (3-0, 4.12 ERA), RHP, Fr.    Television/Radio TV: None Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (David Johnston & Jeff Dantzler) Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), also via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app.  
  • ATHENS, Ga. – Four Bulldog pitchers combined to propel the No. 17 Georgia baseball team past Georgia Tech, 4-0, Tuesday evening in front of a season-high, sold out crowd of 3,730 at Foley Field.   For the fourth time in the past six games, the Bulldogs (22-7) have held their opponent scoreless. In total, it marks the sixth shutout of the season – the most since the 2006 Georgia team that advanced to the College World Series and tallied eight shutouts.   The feat almost didn’t fester as the Yellow Jackets (17-12) appeared to take an early 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, but a video review eradicated the play. The play was overturned; proving Tucker Bradley’s throw from right field paired with Mason Meadows’ tag beat the runner’s hand on the plate thus ending the inning.   From that point forward, the game entered into a pitchers’ duel featuring Georgia Tech’s starter Brant Hurter and Georgia’s duo of starter Tony Locey and then reliever Kevin Smith.   Through six innings, Hurter (2-2) yielded five hits and one run, while the Bulldog twosome kept the Yellow Jackets to just three hits. Locey struck out four of the seven batters he faced in two innings, while Smith (4-1) followed with a career-high nine strikeouts over 4.1 innings.    Hurter settled back in after giving up one fourth-inning run, however the Bulldogs chased him out of the game in the seventh. In a display of small ball, the Bulldogs produced three runs on five singles.   After a leadoff single by LJ Talley, Meadows offered himself up on a potential sacrifice bunt, but the Georgia Tech catcher unsuccessfully tried for Talley at second. Next, streaking down the line and safe was Tucker Maxwell on a bunt to load the bases. Hurter induced a fielder’s choice at home to get the leadoff runner, before exiting.   Upon the pitching change, consecutive run-scoring singles followed from Aaron Schunk, Keegan McGovern and Michael Curry, extending the Georgia lead to 4-0.   With the lead, Zac Kristofak and Aaron Schunk closed out the game on the mound to secure the shutout of game one of the Georgia Tech series. The second game is scheduled for April 24 on the Georgia Tech campus, while the final game will be at SunTrust Park on May 8.   Dawg Tracks- In the first inning, Keegan McGovern and Michael Curry both extended their streak of reaching base safely to 19 games. Additionally, Mason Meadows’ RBI single in the fourth extended the catcher’s on-base streak to 13 straight games. -Georgia starter Tony Locey threw two scoreless innings and struck out four of the seven batters faced to start the staff night. Locey has now gone 13.1 straight innings without giving up a run, dating back to March 13 vs. Kennesaw State. -Following Locey, Kevin Smith pitched 4.1 scoreless innings, striking out a career-high nine batters. The nine sent down tied for the most this season by a Bulldog (Chase Atkins vs. Toledo; 3/9/18) -Georgia has nine more wins than it had last year on April 3.  Coach's CornerIke Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin On the overall performance... 'I thought we pitched really well, and we got those big hits in the seventh inning to expand that lead. The middle of the order got it done – Schunk, McGovern and Curry came up with some big hits. The bottom line, we relied on our pitching staff today. Locey gave us a good start with two innings, and then Kevin Smith was lights out. Nine strikeouts, four and a third. Then, Kristofak and Schunk shut it down.'   On the sellout crowd... 'It was great. There were no seats; we were overflowed. That's what we want. The biggest thing for me is we played really well and got a win, and they'll come back. So we got people excited, and we're excited about the way we're playing, so we hope they keep coming back.' Player's PerspectiveJunior LHP #15 Kevin Smith On his approach on the mound... 'I felt really good. All three pitches were working, so I had a little more back than usual today.'   On the pitching staff's confidence level... 'Our offense is really good. Their pitcher is really good for them, but [the offense] knows we can hold them to minimal runs.'   On the sellout crowd... 'It's good. If we keep winning, the fans come. It's fun to watch. We're playing well right now; it's really fun.' Next UpGeorgia return to the road and to the Southeastern Conference schedule this weekend with a three-game series against No. 16 Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. The series opener is slotted for Thursday, April 5th at 7 p.m. and it will be aired on ESPNU.
  • ATHENS----Georgia faces another stern test when it plays host to No. 15 Texas A&M in a Southeastern Conference showdown starting Thursday. First pitch will be at 5:02 p.m. The entire series will be televised on SEC Network+ and be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   The Bulldogs (19-6, 5-1 SEC) are riding a seven-game winning streak and are 12-1 over their past 13 games. Georgia is 14-1 at home this season while the Aggies are 5-3 on the road. After two weekends of league play, Georgia and Vanderbilt (17-8, 5-1 SEC) are co-leaders in the SEC with a 5-1 SEC mark. Dating back to last season, the Bulldogs have won five straight SEC series with the most recent one a sweep of South Carolina. It marked Georgia’s fifth straight series win over the Gamecocks and first sweep of them since 2008. Also, it was Georgia’s first SEC sweep since 2015 (at Tennessee) and first SEC home sweep since 2012 (Auburn). At 5-1 in the SEC, this is Georgia’s best start since 2002 when it began 7-2. Currently, Arkansas (17-7, 4-2 SEC) and Ole Miss (22-3, 4-2 SEC) share the lead in the Western Division.   The Aggies (20-6, 2-4 SEC) own one of the nation’s top pitching staffs, and they enter the series with a 2.60 ERA and holding opponents to a .223 batting average. Texas A&M opened the SEC slate by dropping a road series to then No. 14 Auburn (2-1) and then lost a home series to then No. 5 Ole Miss (2-1).   Georgia and Texas A&M did not meet until the Aggies joined the SEC, and the Bulldogs served as their first league opponent in 2013. That year, the Aggies swept the Bulldogs in College Station (4-1, 2-1{10} and 11-4). In 2014, Georgia claimed the series 2-1 in Athens, winning 3-2, 6-1 and then dropped the finalé 9-5. The last series came in 2016 back in College Station, and the Aggies posted another sweep, outscoring the Bulldogs 30-3. Thus, Texas A&M leads the series 7-2. In SEC action this year, Georgia is batting .282 with a 3.90 ERA and a .983 Fielding Percentage. The Aggies in SEC play are hitting .250 with a 4.50 ERA and a .957 Fielding Percentage. Both teams are employing their same rotation as last week even with the series moved up a day to Thursday-Saturday due to Easter.   Offensively, Georgia has been led by senior outfielder Keegan McGovern (.378-10-30), sophomore third baseman/pitcher Aaron Schunk (.306-0-16; 1-0, 0.77 ERA, 2 SV, 11.2 IP, 1BB, 16K), junior designated hitter Michael Curry (.347-5-28) and junior first baseman Adam Sasser (.333-2-19). Curry has an 11-game hitting streak. McGovern ranks among the top 10 in the SEC in numerous offensive categories including second in home runs. Schunk had a career-best 16 game-hitting streak end during the USC series but did register his first two career saves.   The Bulldogs appear in two of the four national top 25 polls this week, checking in at No. 23 in Collegiate Baseball’s Top 30 and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Georgia is not in the top 25 polls of Baseball America or D1Baseball.   Pitching Matchups: UGA vs. Texas A&M Thursday: Chase Adkins (2-0, 4.34), RHP, Sr. Vs. Stephen Kolek (3-2, 1.70), RHP, Jr. Friday: Emerson Hancock (3-1, 3.60), RHP, Fr. Vs. John Doxakis (4-0, 1.59), LHP, So. Saturday: Ryan Webb (1-1, 2.88), LHP, Fr. Vs. Mitchell Kilkenny (5-0, 1.86), RHP, Jr.   Television/Radio TV: SEC Network+ (Matt Stewart & Jason Jacobs) Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (David Johnston & Jeff Dantzler) Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), also via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app.   Additional Coverage on Twitter: @BaseballUGA    Tickets/Promotions/Reminder Clear Bag Policy -Foley Field – Gates/Ticket Booth open 2 hours before first pitch. -Reserved Seat Tickets: $8; General Admission Tickets: $5 -Order online or by calling 1-877-542-1231 -UGA Student Tickets: Free Admission with valid UGA Student ID Card -UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street   Promotions Thursday: Utz is giving away 1,000 bags of chips Friday: The first 1,000 fans receive a Georgia Baseball mini-bat Saturday: Anthem Buddies: Kids can stand on the field with the Bulldogs during the national anthem Saturday Postgame: Kids Run The Bases, Play Catch In The Outfield   Foley Field Follows SEC’s Clear Bag Policy In order to enhance safety and expedite fan entry at Georgia athletic events, UGA follows the SEC’s Clear Bag Policy at Foley Field and all other athletic facilities. Only one clear bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches (gallon size) per person is permitted. Fans are also allowed a small clutch purse not exceeding 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Also, Seat cushions/backs should be no bigger than 16 inches and have no arms or pockets.