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ATHENS — Georgia will host Georgia Tech today in the first of three meetings this season between the two baseball teams, which are both nationally ranked.
Georgia (15-6, 2-1 SEC) is ranked 18th, while Georgia Tech (14-6, 3-3 ACC) is ranked 15th.
In records dating to 1950, Georgia leads the all-time series with Tech, 111-95. Last year, Tech won 15-6 in Athens and 5-3 in Atlanta, while Georgia won 6-4 at Turner Field.
Georgia, which has played 20 of its first 21 games at home, has a 2.62 ERA, a .285 batting average and a .977 fielding percentage.
Freshman right-hander David Sosebee (1-0, 1.08 ERA) will get the start today for the Bulldogs. UGA will be led at the plate by Hunter Cole (.316 batting average, 3 home runs, 12 RBI), Nelson Ward (.314-0-8) and Curt Powell, who leads the team with a .368 batting average.
Under the direction of coach Danny Hall, the Jackets are batting .316 with a 4.02 ERA and only a .950 Fielding Percentage (38 errors). Sophomore Zane Evans will start, and he is 0-0 with a 4.97 ERA in six relief appearances.
Evans is batting .351 with 23 RBI in 19 games as a starting catcher. Offensively, junior Sam Drove (.395-2-11) and sophomore Kyle Wren (.359-1-12) are the leading hitters, and sophomore Daniel Palka (.321-7-22) is the top power threat.
Hall, who is in his 19th season at Tech and 25th overall as a head coach, won his 1,000th game last Friday.
First pitch for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
GSW off to slow start in Bobcat Invitational
EATONTON — The Hurricanes shot 290 and 286 Monday in the opening rounds of the Bobcat Invitational and sit in 14th place out of 17 teams.
GSW, which is ranked No. 5 in the Division II coaches poll but recently fell from No. 1 to No. 14 in the nation in Golfstat’s rankings, was led by Chris Hall.
Hall shot rounds of 69 and 70, while Lee County native Nate Gahman carded a 72 and 70, followed be Travis Oestmann (72-73), Craig Gibson (77-74) and J.P. Griffin (78-75).
“I saw some good things from my team (Monday),” GSW coach Andrew Danna said. “Hopefully (today) we can continue to do those things and improve our position in the tournament.”
The Hurricanes are just seven shots out of the Top 8.