Georgia aims to return to its winning ways Tuesday when it faces Georgia State at Coolray Field with first pitch slated for 6 p.m.
The Bulldogs (13-7) were swept by a red-hot South Carolina squad (20-1) that extended its winning streak to 11 games by during the opening weekend of action in the Southeastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Panthers (12-8) swept Troy in the opening weekend of Sun Belt Conference play. On Tuesday, the Panthers will be the home team. Georgia will play host to Georgia State at Foley Field on April 25.
Series History: Georgia leads the all-time series with the Panthers 46-8 in records dating to 1971. The Bulldogs have won eight straight since 2015. Last year at Coolray Field, Georgia registered a 10-3 win and later that season, the Bulldogs beat the Panthers 16-1 at Foley Field in Athens.
Bombs Away: Home runs are a common theme around the nation this season. Who knows if it’s the hitters, the pitching, the baseball, the bats, regardless the balls are flying out of the yard. This past weekend, Georgia faced the national leader in USC, and the Gamecocks out-homered the Bulldogs 8-4. Georgia and GSU enter Tuesday’s contest ranked fifth nationally with 45 home runs apiece.
Georgia redshirt-freshman OF/1B Charlie Condon (.514-9-35) ranks among the national leaders in batting (2nd), slugging (2nd), RBI (4th) and home runs (9th). He has hit safely in 19 games and has a team-leading 14 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI games. On Saturday, graduate OF Connor Tate (.462-7-24) saw his 22-game hitting streak end. Junior 3B/1B Parks Harber (.316-8-22) had the best series against USC, hitting .556 (5-for-9) with a double, two home runs and four RBI. He has a nine-game hitting streak.
GSU sophomore infielder Dylan Strickland (.407-9-21) hit three home runs Sunday to lead the Panthers to a Sun Belt sweep of Troy. He hit five homers in a span of seven plate appearances with 10 RBI over four games last week. The Panthers’ leading hitter is senior Max Ryerson (.419-4-13) while junior LHP/OF Camerson Jones is 17-for-20 in stolen bases while hitting .320-0-13 and 1-1, 4.15 ERA in three appearances on the mound.
The Bulldogs have hit at least one home run in 18 of 20 games this year. Thirteen different Bulldogs have hit a home run this season.
On The Mound: The Bulldogs have a 5.97 ERA with 224 strikeouts and 97 walks. GSU sports a 5.47 ERA with 202 strikeouts and 74 walks.
On Tuesday, Georgia will turn to freshman RHP Leighton Finely (1-0, 7.71 ERA). It will be his first career start after four relief appearances covering seven innings. He has allowed seven runs on seven hits with 10 walks and six strikeouts. Earlier this season, Finley pitched 0.2 scoreless innings with a walk against Ga. Tech at Coolray. GSU has not announced a starter.
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Tuesday at 6 pm at Coolray Field, Lawrenceville, Ga.
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