Second half of SEC season begins in Alabama

ATHENS, GA.——The Georgia Bulldogs (26-11, 9-6 SEC) hit the road to take on Alabama (23-15, 8-7 SEC) starting Friday in Tuscaloosa. Playing hours are 7 p.m. ET on Friday (SECN+), 3 p.m. ET on Saturday (SECN+), and 2 p.m. ET on Sunday (ESPN2). The entire series will be available on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.

The Bulldogs, under baseball head coach Ike Cousins Scott Stricklin, are ranked 10th this week. They are 5-5 on the road, including winning an SEC series at South Carolina (2-1) and losing one at Kentucky (2-1). Alabama is 18-6 at home, losing a series to then-No. 9 Florida (2-1) and beating Texas A&M (2-1). This will be UA’s first SEC home series since facing the Aggies (April 1-3). The Crimson Tide swept the No. 9 Ole Miss in Oxford and went 1-2 to top-ranked Tennessee the past two weekends.

Georgia holds a slim 75-72-2 lead in series history with Alabama that dates back to 1904. The Bulldogs are on a five-game winning streak against UA after winning the series at Tuscaloosa in 2018 (2 -1) and posted a sweep in Athens in 2019.

Midway through the SEC this season, Georgia is 9-6 in the league, good enough for the third-best overall rating. Due to injuries, Georgia used five different SEC starting rotations and six different pitchers started a championship game. bulldog ace Jonathan Canon (6-1, 1.71 ERA), a preseason All-America selection, missed the final two weeks with a muscle injury (non-pitch injury) while graduating from stoppage- short Cole Tate (.332-2-16) has missed the last five games. Cannon returns for the UA series and will get the Saturday start on a pitch count while Tate (stress fracture/leg) will be out for at least another week. Senior Josh McAllister (.299-3-24) was the starter at shortstop with Tate out.

Georgia is batting .293 with 41 home runs while posting a 5.69 ERA and .975 field percentage. The Bulldogs fell 8-6 ​​to Clemson last Tuesday at Foley Field to drop the season streak (2-0) for the first time since 2017. Meanwhile, UAB beat Alabama 7-6. The Crimson Tide has a .287 batting average with 43 home runs. They have a 4.29 ERA and .978 field percentage.

Graduate starting CF Ben Anderson (.304-6-25) is Georgia’s male nominee for the H. Boyd McWhorter Graduate Scholarship, the SEC announced last week. The recipients of the scholarships, which have been presented by the conference since 1986 to the league’s top male and female college-athletes, will be announced in May. Originally from LaGrange, he already earned a degree in biochemistry. He is preparing a master’s degree in comparative biomedical sciences. He had a 31-game scoring streak and led home runs twice, including to start the season. He boasts a career-perfect percentage on 237 total chances, including six assists.

LF Graduate Bulldog Connor Tate (.348-5-34) leads the team in batting and ranks among the conference leaders with an average of .382 in SEC games. He has a team record of 17 multi-hit games. Second year C/DH Corey Collins (.315-9-32) leads the team with nine homers and ranks third in RBI. Last week in four games, he batted .412 (7 for 17) with one home run and six RBIs plus six runs scored.

Likely pitch matchups: UGA vs. Alabama

G38 #11 Crispy Nolan (0-1, 4.62, RHP, RJr.) vs. #39 Garrett McMillan (4-2, 3.02, RHP, Jr.)
G39 #12 Jonathan Canon (6-1, 1.71, RHP, Jr.) vs. #34 Jacob McNairy (4-1, 5.68, RHP, Sr.)
G40 #14 Liam Sullivan (3-1, 5.40, LHP, So.) vs. #26 Grayson Hitt (3-1, 4.12, LHP, So.)

Georgia Baseball Radio Links/TV Streams
Georgia Bulldog Sports Network (Announcers: Jeff Dantzler and David Johnston)
Free audio streaming of all Georgia Bulldogs games can be heard using the Gameday LIVE app.
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Friday pre-game radio show at 6:40 p.m. ET:
Saturday pre-game radio show at 2:40 p.m. ET:
Sunday pre-game radio show at 1:40 p.m. ET:

SEC+ network TV links
The first two games in the UA series will be on SEC Network+ starring Chris Stewart, Lance Cormier and Kyra Goldstein. Sunday’s game will be on ESPN2 with Dave Neal and Chris Burke calling the action.
SECN Friday + Link:
Saturday SECN + Link:
ESPN2 Sunday:

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