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Georgia, Ga. Tech baseball square off tonight at Turner Field

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ATLANTA -- Georgia (21-20) faces off against No. 9-ranked Georgia Tech (30-11) today at Turner Field at 7:06 p.m. in the ninth annual "Spring Baseball Classic For Kids."

Tech won the on-campus meetings earlier this season, posting a 15-6 victory in Athens on March 22 and a 5-3 decision in Atlanta on April 12. Georgia will start junior RHP Ben Cornwell (1-3, 5.84 ERA). This will be Cornwell's sixth start this year. Tech will start freshman RHP Matt Grimes (5-2, 4.01 ERA).

Georgia holds a 6-2 edge in the series at Turner Fields. In records dating back to 1950, Georgia owns a 110-95 edge in the overall series. The Yellow Jackets are hitting .317 with 29 home runs, fielding .969 and have a 2.76 ERA. The ninth annual "Spring Baseball Classic For Kids" raises more than $200,000 annually for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and its Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Program. Since 2004, there have more than 20,000 tickets sold annually.

The Bulldogs are navigating through the nation's toughest-rated schedule with 23 of their games so far against ranked teams. Georgia has an SEC-high 10 wins against ranked opponents. Georgia's schedule this week feature four more games against ranked foes in No. 9 Tech and then an SEC home series starting Friday at Foley Field with No. 16 Arkansas

Bulldog sophomore SS Kyle Farmer (.299-6-41) has hit safely in 18 of the past 19 games. He had a 16-game streak end this past Friday at Tennessee. He came back strong over the final two games to hit two home runs and drive in seven to tie for the SEC lead with 41 RBI on the year. He is batting .387 during this stretch (29-for-75) with 24 RBI. In the two games with Tech this year, Farmer is batting .444 (4-for-9) with two RBI.

Bulldog junior 2B Levi Hyams (.341-1-23) owns an 11-game hitting streak. He is batting .375 during this stretch (18-for-48) with 10 RBI. Earlier this year, he had a career-best 11-game hitting streak. Hyams batted a team-best .364 (4-for-11) with a double, triple and two RBI against Tennessee this past weekend. Against Tech this year, Hyams is batting .500 (5-for-10)with one RBI.

Georgia Tech enters the week ranked as high as No. 9 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Perfect Game USA top-25 polls. The Jackets are also ranked in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' (11), Baseball America (12) and National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association (13) polls.

Tech is coming off a three-game series sweep against Boston College over the weekend. It was the fifth weekend sweep of the season for the Jackets, who have won nine of their 10 weekend series on the year.

Today's game will mark the 353rd all-time meeting between the two school's in a rivalry that dates back to 1898. Georgia Tech is 2-0 against Georgia this season, and has won five straight over the Bulldogs dating back to the 2009 season.