UGA Baseball: Georgia-USC Series Starts Thursday
May 17, 2017
ATHENS—-Georgia takes aim at securing a spot in the SEC Tournament as it heads to South Carolina for the final league series starting Thursday in Columbia.
The Bulldogs (23-30, 9-18 SEC) have won six of their last eight games and two straight SEC series over top 10 ranked foes. Georgia won two out of three at fourth-ranked Kentucky two weeks ago and then defeated sixth-ranked Miss. State two games to one last weekend in Athens. The No. 30 Gamecocks (31-21) are in 10th place overall in the SEC standings with a 12-15 league record.
The pitching matchups for the first two games of the series are set. In game one Thursday at 7 p.m., Georgia will start senior left-hander Andrew Gist (2-4, 4.13 ERA) while the Gamecocks counter with junior right-hander Wil Crowe (5-4, 3.50 ERA). In game two Friday at 7 p.m., the Bulldogs will start sophomore left-hander Kevin Smith (4-5, 5.17 ERA) while USC goes with sophomore right-hander Adam Hill (3-5, 3.11 ERA). Neither team has announced a starter for game three on Saturday.
Did You Know? Under Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin, Georgia has won the last three series over the Gamecocks, going 6-3 against them the past three years, and each year USC was ranked in the top 10. Last year in Athens, Georgia stunned the No. 2 Gamecocks two games to one. The previous two seasons, USC entered the Georgia series ranked No. 7.
SEC Tournament Update
The Bulldogs are one game ahead of Tennessee for the final spot in the 12-team SEC Tournament field with the event set for May 23-28 in Hoover, Ala. The teams are seeded based on conference winning percentage with the division winners seeded No. 1 & 2.
The Bulldogs (9-18 SEC) hold the tiebreaker over UT (7-18 SEC) after winning the series in Knoxville 2-1 earlier this season. Missouri (11-16 SEC) holds the 11th spot and travels to UT while Georgia is at USC (12-15 SEC).
Fans attending the 2017 SEC Baseball Tournament in Hoover will be asked to enter the event with clear bags and should be prepared to arrive early and to see a law enforcement presence in and around Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the Conference office has announced. Enhanced security measures, including the clear bag policy, will also be in place at the inaugural SEC Baseball FanFest event in the new Finley Center adjacent to the Hoover Met. The security measures are consistent with procedures exercised at other SEC championship events throughout the year.
2017 Georgia Baseball Stat Link:
Television/Radio For USC Series
TV: Thursday-Friday on SECN+; Saturday on SEC Network (Dave Neal & Mike Rooney)
Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (Jeff Dantzler & David Johnston)
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