Diamond Dawgs Open 2017 College Baseball Season on Friday
The Georgia baseball team will open their 2017 season this weekend with a three-game home series versus the College of Charleston at Foley Field.
The first game will be on Friday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. ET followed by game two on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET. The home series will wrap up on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Next week, the Bulldogs will hit the road for to take on Mercer on Tuesday and then a three-game series in Statesboro, GA against in-state rival Georgia Southern starting next weekend a week from Friday. The Diamond Dawgs return home on Tuesday, February 28th to host Kennesaw State.
Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin announced the starting rotation for this weekend and it will be sophomore Kevin Smith, freshman Tony Locey and junior Chase Adkins.
“It was close between Kevin and Chase for the Friday spot, and we liked Tony for the Saturday role so whoever didn’t start Friday was going to be our Sunday starter,” Stricklin said. “Kevin gained valuable experience last year as a freshman, and he’s looked good the last three weeks leading up to this season. Chase has done well too, and he was disappointed when he got the news about going Sunday instead of Friday. We told him to pitch with that chip on his shoulder. All three guys will play important roles for us in each series.”
Pitching Matchups For The Series
Friday – Game 1: Kevin Smith (5-1, 3.91 in 2016), LHP, So. vs. Bailey Ober (7-4, 3.53 in 2016), RHP, RJr.
Saturday – Game 2: Tony Locey, RHP, Fr. vs. Carter Love (3-2, 2.87 in 2016), RHP, Jr.
Sunday – Game 3: Chase Adkins, RHP, Jr. Transfer vs. TBA
Georgia’s 2017 college baseball regular season schedule comprises of 56 games in total. Fourteen of their first 18 games will be played at home, and the Diamond Dawgs will open Southeastern Conference play on March 17th against LSU on the road in Baton Rouge.
After regular season play has concluded, the SEC’s top 12 teams will compete in the Conference Tournament, which will be held in Hoover, Alabama. The top college baseball teams from around the country will vie for the College World Series (CWS) in Omaha, Nebraska starting with the NCAA Regionals which will begin at the first part of June. Locations for the NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals are to be announced later on this season.
Please enjoy these photos from the team’s practice on Wednesday.