ATHENS ——The No. 15 Georgia Bulldogs host Wofford on Tuesday at Foley Field. The first pitch is set for 5:02 p.m., and the game will be available on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network and streamed on SEC Network+.
A consensus top-25 team in preseason polls, the Bulldogs opened the 2022 season by sweeping a three-game home set from the Great Danes of Albany (NY), winning 4-2, 7-6 and 9-1. It was the fourth sweep in the Opening Weekend series under baseball head coach Ike Cousins. Scott Stricklin. The Bulldogs improved to 6-3 on opening day under Stricklin. This week, Georgia is ranked 15th (Baseball America) nationally. Georgia remained No. 16 in D1Baseball.com and rose to No. 17 in the college baseball weekly survey.
Next, Georgia takes on Wofford and the Bulldogs lead the all-time 10-0 series dating back to 1956. The Terriers went 2-1 to George Mason in Spartanburg, SC The Terriers dropped their opener 11-10 then bounced back with a 12-4 victory on Saturday and won a 15-13 slugfest on Sunday to win the series. Wofford was named the Southern Conference (SoCon) preseason favorite by league coaches. Wofford, led by coach Todd Interdonato, won his first-ever SoCon regular season title last year going 36-21 overall and 21-9 in the SoCon.
The Bulldogs hit .300 with seven doubles and six home runs against the Great Danes while the pitching staff posted a 3.00 ERA with six walks and 30 strikeouts. Georgia committed just one error for a .991 fielding percentage. The Terriers hit .337 with three home runs, fielded .934 (eight errors) and the staff recorded a 7.33 ERA with 12 walks and 29 strikeouts against George Mason.
Bulldog redshirt second year RHP Garrett Brown will start on Tuesday. It will be his first action since the abbreviated 2020 campaign where he went 1-2 with a 4.96 ERA in four starts. He missed last year due to elbow surgery and recovering. A 6-foot-7, 218-pound native of Machester, Georgia, Brown is in his fourth year at Georgia following a redshirt season in 2019 and a medical redshirt in 2021.
Notables of the Albany series
* SS graduate Cole Tate hit .462 (6 for 13) with a home run and two RBIs to lead the offense. He delivered his third career single in Saturday’s decisive 7-6 victory. The other two came on opening day in 2020 against Richmond and to beat No. 10 Tennessee last year. The Bulldogs had 24 outings during the Stricklin era that began in 2014. Tate hit safely in all three games and provided a perfect lineout on 13 total opportunities.
* CF graduate and co-captain Ben Anderson opened the season with a first home run and the first time a Bulldog has done this in available records dating back to 1975! Anderson was one of six different Bulldogs to hit a home run during the Albany series. Before Anderson, the last Bulldog to open a game with a homer was Tucker Maxwell against Florida State at the 2019 NCAA Regional in Athens.
*Freshman OF/1B Cole Wagner made a pair of starts as the designated hitter and went 3-for-7, including a solo home run on the opposite court. His cousin, a second-year LHP/OF student Luc Wagner, picked up a relief victory on Saturday. Second year C Fernando Gonzalez posted a .714 OB% in two starts, going 2 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and three walks. He also provided his usual stellar defense. Senior Beginner 2B Cory Acton hit .308 (4 for 13) with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and flawless defense in three starts.
* Junior Preseason All-America RHP Jonathan Canon provided six shutout innings in a 4-2 season opener win. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out four. Junior HRP Dylan Ross notched a win in his Bulldog debut, allowing a run on four hits with six strikeouts in five innings Sunday.
*Senior RHP and co-captain Jack Gowen pitched a perfect inning on opening day to collect a stoppage. Second year LHP Collin Caldwell set a career high with 5K in two runs while a sophomore RHP Will Pearson pitched a career-high three scoreless innings with three Ks in Game 2. On Sunday, LHP sophomore redshirt Davis Rokose pitched three perfect innings on 32 pitches in his Georgia debut.
Likely pitch matchups: UGA vs. Wofford
Garrett Brown (2021 debut, RHP, RSo.) vs. Matthew Marchal (0-1, 10.80, RHP, Jr.)
gBaseball Radio Links
Georgia Bulldog Sports Network (Announcers: Jeff Dantzler, David Johnston)
Free audio streaming of all Georgia Bulldogs games can be heard using the Gameday LIVE app.
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Tuesday pre-game show at 4:40 p.m. ET: https://georgiadogs.com/watch/?Live=4139&type=Live
SEC+ network TV links
All live video streams for the games will be shown on the SEC+ network.
The Wofford game will be a two-camera simulcast with radio announcers Jeff Dantzler and David Johnson
Broadcast link: https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=b7e9442f-ee96-424a-887c-a53b076e64f1
Season tickets for 2022 season tickets are sold out, but there are three new flexible ticket packages available for 5, 10 and 15 games. They can include any match on the home schedule. The prices for these packages are $40 for five games, $70 for ten games, and $90 for 15 games.
Single-game tickets to most non-conference games as well as Thursday and Sunday SEC games are also options. Single game tickets are $10 while group tickets (10+ tickets) are $5 each. Currently, individual game sales and group tickets are not available for SEC games on Friday or Saturday or for Clemson or Georgia Tech games. For ticket or group questions, please call (706) 542-1231, Ext. 1.
Ticketing is available online here: https://gado.gs/8hg
Sale of alcohol available
Following the successful launch of alcohol sales at Stegeman Coliseum for men’s and women’s basketball games, Georgia Athletics announced that it will continue its pilot program in baseball and softball this year. In accordance with the SEC policy on alcohol at sporting events, UGAAA will sell a variety of domestic, imported, craft and premium beers at designated concession stands inside Foley Field. Sales will begin with the season opener Friday for baseball. Full details on this program can be found here: https://gado.gs/8he
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