Georgia baseball gallops toward the postseason on resurgent hitting, sparkling pitching and airtight defense.
The Georgia baseball team stared down injury adversity every weekend of the 2019 season, never blinking on the way to the third 40-win season in program history. Now brimming with confidence, the Georgia baseball team will get two chances against hapless Alabama (7-21 in SEC play) to reach the 42 win mark and claim the third 20 win SEC season in program history.
“Forty wins, that’s pretty special, it’s only been done three times in the history of our program in the regular season,” said Georgia coach Scott Stricklin to Mike Griffeth of DawgNation.
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Forty and twenty would be a big deal any year, but to do it with three starting position players and three top pitchers routinely missing for large chunks of the season reveals the resilient character of this Georgia baseball team. Now, with players returning from injury, the Diamond Dawgs are strutting their stuff.
The 2019 edition of Bulldog baseball is a pitching and defense juggernaut that scratches out offensive production with timely hitting. Now, with Georgia about to lock up a top eight seed and the opportunity to host both a Regional and a Super Regional, dormant Dawg bats are awakening.
Against the Tide Friday night, shortstop Cam Shepherd had three hits for the first time since February, giving him a .300 batting average over the last four games and raising his season average to .224. Patrick Sullivan had three hits for the second time in three games and is batting .400 across the last four games and raising his season average to .248.
If Shepherd and Sullivan continue to hit well in the middle of the order, the Dawgs will sweep Alabama, play deep into the SEC Tournament, and easily claim the coveted top eight national seed.
That’s bold talk, but with current Friday starter Tony Locey taking the mound for game two and future millionaire and former Friday starter Emerson Hancock starting Saturday, the Dawgs look good for two more wins. Add to the mix fully rested closer Aaron Schunk, and the smart money is on two more SEC wins for the presumptive number four SEC tournament seed Dawgs before they head to Hoover with a first day bye.
Georgia baseball’s special year
Friday night in the friendly confines of Foley Field, the Georgia offense pounded out 15 hits, including five doubles and a Shepherd homerun, while Georgia pitchers Cole Wilcox, Zac Kristofak and Glover scattered six hits.
But Friday’s star of the show was once again the splendid Georgia defense, the nine-headed hit-gobbling monster that is the heart of this Georgia baseball team.
Defense travels. and this Georgia baseball team could go far.