While UGA basketball has hit a rut, Georgia Baseball has found its groove on the baseball diamond.
Despite falling to LIU Brooklyn 0-1 Tuesday evening, Georgia Baseball is off to a hot start.
The Dawgs currently rank No. 9 in the country with SEC foes LSU, Vanderbilt, and Florida ranked ahead of them inside the top 10.
This season is head coach Scott Stricklin 6th season as the team’s head coach. He also has his team off to a hot start with a 6-1 record. The Bulldogs finished the 2018 season 39-21 overall, 18-12 in conference play, and a trip to the NCAA Regionals.
So far this season the Dawgs have achieved victories against Dayton and UMass Lowell while putting up impressive numbers on the offensive side of the plate.
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Georgia currently averages 9.8 runs per game thanks to recent outings where the Dawgs put up double-digit runs on the scoreboard. The Bulldogs accumulated 16 hits in one of their games against Dayton which is a season-high for the team so far this season.
Junior shortstop, Cam Shepherd has had an impressive six-game slate posting a .522 batting average, 12 hits, and a home run.
Shepherd started all 60 games last year for the Dawgs and will look to continue to play a significant role in the 2019 season, and raise his draft stock as the season goes on.
In most recent action the Dawgs brought the bats alive by hitting six home runs. One of those being a grand slam by John Cable who is a graduate student this season and has made an immediate impact.
It hasn’t just been the hitting that has led Georgia to its 6-1 start, but also thanks to a significant contribution from their pitching rotation.
As a complete staff, Georgia has racked up 62 strikeouts while holding opposing teams this season to a .208 team batting average.
The Dawgs will continue their non-conference play until March 15th. Georgia will open up SEC play against the Gamecocks to start their run at the NCAA tournament.
With the 19 underclassmen studs, a hot lineup, and a shutdown pitching rotation Georgia will look to be right where they left off in the 2018 season with another trip the NCAA Tournament.
Playing in a conference that has a lot of high-caliber teams should get the Dawgs well prepared for their run at the tournament in the 2019 season.
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Next up for the Dawg is a stretch that consists of one-game matchup Kennesaw State. Then they will travel to Statesboro, Georgia for a three-game series against Georgia Southern (2-4).