Georgia baseball looks to avoid getting swept in a three-game SEC series for what would be the first time in nearly two years today at Tennessee.
The Vols have made Knoxville a rocky stop for the Bulldogs, shutting out No. 2-ranked Georgia (28-8, 9-5) on consecutive nights by 2-0 and 3-0 counts on Thursday and Friday.
The Bulldogs, now a half game behind Ole Miss and LSU for the league lead, finish up with UT (26-10, 6-8) at Lindsey Nelson Stadium at 3 p.m. The game can be seen on the SEC Network+
“We’re in an offensive rut right now, and every team goes through it,” Bulldogs coach Scott Stricklin said. “When you start a season, at some point, you’re going to go through a funk.
“We really haven’t hit that yet. We’ve played really well and been very consistent all year long. But these last two games, offensively, we haven’t been very good.”
College Football Hall of Famer Phillip Fulmer threw out the first pitch on Thursday, and current Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt threw out the first pitch on Friday.
More importantly, Garrett Stallings (6-2) threw out all the other pitches for the Vols, scattering five hits and walking one.
C.J. Smith (3-2) took the loss for Georgia, getting run after five innings of work, allowing four hits and three earned runs.
The Bulldogs will return home to play Clemson at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night following Saturday’s game at Tennessee.
Missouri comes to Athens for a three game set starting next Thursday at Foley Field.
Georgia Baseball worth noting
• Florida was the last team to sweep UGA in a three-game SEC series, in April of 2017 in Athens.
• Tennessee leads the nation with 8 shutouts.
• Georgia becomes just the second SEC opponent the Vols have shutout in consecutive league series games, joining Kentucky (1967).
• The Bulldogs have been shut out in 5 of their 9 losses.
• LJ Talley brings a 7-game hitting streak into Saturday’s game at UT.
• Aaron Schunk has a 6-game hit streak entering Saturday’s game.