Georgia Faces Red-Hot Wofford Tuesday

Georgia plays host to red-hot Wofford, winners of 14 straight, Tuesday at Foley Field with first pitch slated for 5:02 p.m. (SECN+).

The Bulldogs (12-4) went 4-1 last week while the Terriers (14-1) haven’t lost since Opening Day on Feb. 17. The Tuesday tilt will be Georgia’s last non-conference action before No. 14 South Carolina (16-1) comes to Athens to open Southeastern Conference play on Friday.

Series History: Georgia leads the all-time series with the Terriers 12-0 as it dates to 1902. The teams met twice last year with the Bulldogs winning 7-1 in Athens and then 7-6 at Fluor Field in Greenville.

Georgia graduate transfer pitcher Dalton Rhadans, a native of Acworth, Ga., spent the past three seasons with the Terriers and earned degree in finance last year. He went 17-4 with 17 saves and a 3.08 ERA in 65 appearances as a Terrier. For the Bulldogs this year, he has excelled as a reliever, going 0-0 with a 0.90 ERA and one save in seven appearances. He has pitched 10 innings with no walks and 13 strikeouts in 2023.

Swinging A Big Stick: Georgia posted the highest batting average among SEC teams last week at .360, going 4-1 against Georgia Southern and Charleston Southern. The Bulldogs were 64-for-178 with 10 doubles, two triples and 14 home runs. For the year, the Bulldogs are batting .332 and that ranks fifth in the SEC. Florida and Alabama are hitting .352 while Ole Miss (.343) and LSU (.338) are just ahead of Georgia.

Redshirt-freshman OF/1B Charlie Condon (.517-7-32) and graduate OF Connor Tate (516-6-22) ranks one-two in the SEC in batting. Condon has hit safely in 15 games while Tate has a 21-game hitting streak dating to last year. Tate was named one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week along with SEC Co-Player of the Week on Monday while Condon received SEC Co-Freshman of the Week honors.

Graduate INF Mason LaPlante (.356-2-7) enjoyed his best week as a Bulldog. He batted .500 (9-for-18) with 10 runs scored, two doubles, a triple, a home run, four walks and four RBI in five games.

The Bulldogs have hit at least one home run in 14 of 16 games this year and their season total of 37 ranks fourth in the SEC. Thirteen different Bulldogs have hit a home run this season. The Bulldogs are 1-1 when they don’t hit a home run (Beat #16 Ga. Tech 7-2 in Athens; Lost to #16 Tech 4-1 at Coolray Field). The most home runs by Georgia in a home game has been five in a 11-6 win over Presbyterian while the most on the road is six in a 16-6 win over #16 Tech in Atlanta.

Wofford is batting .307 with 19 doubles, four triples and 14 home runs. They are fielding .977. The Bulldogs are fielding .978 and played error-free baseball in four of five games last week.

On The Mound: The Bulldogs have a 5.14 ERA while holding opponents to a .229 batting average. The staff has registered 188 strikeouts with 76 walks. Wofford sports a 4.20 ERA with its opponents’ batting average at .233. The Terriers have tallied 161 strikeouts with only 23 walks. Georgia’s Saturday starter junior LHP Liam Sullivan (3-0, 0.44 ERA) leads the SEC and ranks among the national leaders in Earned Run Average. For the year, he has allowed just one earned run 20.1 innings with six walks and 27 strikeouts. He was part of a combined one-hit shutout of Charleston Southern Saturday, tossing five hitless frames.

Pitching Matchup: Georgia freshman RHP Kolten Smith (1-0, 2.70 ERA) will get the start and be opposed by Terrier senior RHP Matthew Marchal (2-1, 4.67 ERA). Wofford saw their Sunday game with Cincinnati rained out. Marchal has 23 strikeouts and only four walks in 17.1 innings. Smith will be making his second career start. He has 10 strikeouts and four walks in 6.2 innings. In Smith’s first start against Georgia Southern last Wednesday in Statesboro, he retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced.

Tickets/Parking/Promotion Information

*A limited number of tickets are available in the Left Field Bleachers and in the Right Field Bleachers.

*Fans with tickets who are unable to come are encouraged to transfer them to other Bulldog fans, return them to UGAAA or resell them on StubHub.

*Foley Field Gates open one hour before game time.

*Free parking is available in the commuter surface lot behind the outfield.





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