Georgia back on the road to Baton Rouge

ATHENS, Ga.——The Georgia Bulldogs (29-12, 11-7 SEC) are back on the road this week to take on No. 20 LSU (27-13, 10-8 SEC) starting Friday in Baton Rouge. Playing hours are 7:30 p.m. ET Friday (SECN+), 3 p.m. ET (SECN+) Saturday and 2 p.m. ET (SECN+) Sunday. The entire series will be available on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.

The Bulldogs, under baseball head coach Ike Cousins Scott Stricklin, are ranked 11th this week. They are 7-6 on the road, including winning an SEC series in Alabama and South Carolina while losing one in Kentucky. LSU is 21-5 at home, losing a series to Texas A&M and Auburn while sweeping Missouri. This will be LSU’s second straight SEC home series and second straight road series for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have a .289 batting average with 45 home runs, a 5.29 ERA and a .976 attendance percentage. The Tigers are hitting .292 with 67 home runs, a 3.55 ERA and a .960 fielding percentage.

LSU leads the all-time series 68-24-2. The teams last met at the 2021 SEC Tournament in Hoover, Alabama, and the Bulldogs eliminated the Tigers 4-1. The last SEC series with the Tigers was in Athens in 2019 with the Bulldogs taking the series two games to one. Georgia’s last visit to Baton Rouge was in 2017 and resulted in a Tiger sweep. Georgia’s last win in the series at Baton Rouge came during the 2008 SEC Championship season, picking up two wins and tying one. The 2008 Bulldogs reached the College World Series Finals.

Due to injuries, Georgia used six different SEC starting rotations and six different pitchers started a championship game. The LSU series will mark the first time in the league that the Bulldogs have used the same rotation two weeks in a row. Junior HRP Crispy Nolan (1-1, 3.77 ERA) solidified the rotation, replacing the ace Jonathan Canon and starter #2 Liam Sullivan after missing several SEC starts earlier this year. In SEC action, Crisp is 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in seven appearances including four starts. He provided a career-high 5.2 scoreless innings with five strikeouts in a 4-2 win over Alabama last Friday in Tuscaloosa. He is expected to start Friday against LSU. Cannon (7-1, 1.55 ERA), a preseason All-America selection and on the Golden Spikes Midseason Award watch list, goes Saturday. He missed two SEC starts with muscle fatigue (non-pitch injury), then returned for the UA Series on a pitch count, throwing five perfect frames Saturday in a 3-0 win. Sullivan (3-2, 5.27 ERA) will take his turn on Sunday. In the road series win over Alabama, the trio combined to pitch 13.2 scoreless innings before allowing a run in the series on Sunday. Main HPR Jack Gowen (1-0, 1.57 ERA) ranks second in the SEC with eight saves, including six in the league. Overall, the Bulldogs have 12 of 12 save chances this season.

Georgia CF graduate Ben Anderson (.298-7-26) is joint SEC leader with four triples. He has three starting homers this year, first in the season opener (Albany), then against Hunter Barco (Florida) in Game 1 and last Tuesday against Ga. State. Earlier this year, he had a 31-game scoring streak. LF graduate Connor Tate (.338-5-35) leads the team at bat. He has a team record of 18 multi-hit games. Second year 3B Harber Parks (.288-7-39) makes his hits count, totaling 40 hits to go with 39 RBIs this season. In Saturday’s shutout against Alabama, he went 3-for-4, including a three-run brace to account for all the points. He hit his seventh homer last Tuesday, going 2-for-5, 2 RBIs. Graduate Shortstop Cole Tate (.331-2-16) will miss the LSU series as he recovers from a stress fracture in his leg. Tate has been out of the last nine games with senior Josh McAllister (.295-3-24) filling the defense well.

Likely pitch matchups: UGA vs. LSU

G42 #11 Crispy Nolan (0-1, 4.62, RHP, RJr.) vs. Ma’Khail Hillard (4-0, 3.64, RHP, Sr.)
G43 #12 Jonathan Canon (6-1, 1.71, RHP, Jr.) vs. Blake Money (2-3, 4.53, RHP, So.)
G44 #14 Liam Sullivan (3-1, 5.40, LHP, So.) v TBA

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Georgia Baseball Radio Links/TV Streams
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Friday pre-game radio show at 7:10 p.m. ET:
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SEC+ network TV links
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