No. 5 Georgia baseball braces for No. 21 Missouri: ‘going to be a tough one’

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Randon Jernigan (4) and Tucker Maxwell head to the outfield against Clemson in Tuesday night's game at Foley Field.

ATHENS — Georgia baseball looks to put the momentum gained from its historic 20-inning win over Clemson to use against Missouri.

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The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (30-8, 10-5) host the No. 21-ranked Tigers (26-12-1, 7-7-1) at 6 p.m. on Thursday (TV: ESPNU).

“They just beat LSU in a series, and they are playing with some confidence,” UGA coach Scott Stricklin said. “So it’s going to be a tough one, for sure.”

The Bulldogs will put Golden Spikes Award Award candidate Emerson Hancock (6-2, 1.18 ERA) in the circle against Missouri left-hander Jacob Cantleberry (3-2, 3.97 ERA) at Foley Field.

Georgia enters the weekend tied with Mississippi State atop the SEC, enjoying their best season since the 2009 team was 31-7 at this stage of the season.

UGA leads the SEC with a 2.67 ERA and .981 fielding percentage and is tops in the country in fewest hits allowed per nine innings (5.8).

Georgia Baseball Notes

• The Thursday night game against Missouri is one of only three remaining Georgia baseball home dates with tickets remaining. The other two are May 16 and May 17 for Alabama.

• Georgia’s second game against Missouri at 7 p.m. on Friday is sold out, and the teams will conclude the series at noon on Saturday. Student admission is first come, first serve, until their held block is full.

• The all-time series between Missouri and Georgia is tied 9-9, the Bulldogs sweeping the Tigers last season in Columbia.

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