Four Georgia teams begin the weekend on at least a five-game winning streak and two teams begin Southeastern Conference play as 10 track and field athletes head to the NCAA indoor championships. Here’s a rundown of the Bulldogs’ weekend action:
Baseball opens conference play
The Georgia baseball team (12-6) hosts Mississippi State (13-7) for a weekend series at Foley Field. The Bulldogs are riding a 10-game winning streak and are coming off of a two-game series against Western Kentucky in which they racked up 34 runs. Catcher Zack Bowers went for a grand slam and a three-run home run Tuesday against the Hilltoppers. Sophomore pitcher Ryan Lawlor (1-1, 6.61) makes his first start of the season for today’s 6 p.m. game. Freshman Robert Tyler (1-0, 0.93) will start in Saturday’s noon game and senior Patrick Boling (2-1, 2.57) is scheduled to start in Sunday’s 1 p.m. game. The Bulldogs are 11-1 through their 16-game homestand at Foley Field.
Men’s tennis hits the
road with winning streak
Two days removed from knocking off No. 1 Ohio State, the No. 16 Bulldogs (8-5, 3-0 SEC) take their five-match winning streak to Columbia, S.C., and Gainesville, Fla., for conference showdowns against the Gamecocks (7-7, 0-2 SEC) and the No. 17 Gators (6-5, 1-1 SEC). South Carolina, on a three-match losing streak, host the Bulldogs at 5 p.m. today and Florida, which has beaten South Carolina but lost to Texas A&M, hosts its rival at 1 p.m. Sunday. Georgia coach Manuel Diaz is just seven wins from the 600-career win mark.
10 Bulldogs head to NCAA
Ten members of Georgia’s track and field teams made the trip to Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday in preparation for this weekend’s NCAA indoor track and field championships.
Seniors Lucie Ondraschkova (pentathlon) and Megan Malasarte (800-meter run), juniors Carly Hamilton (mile), Morgann Leleux (pole vault) and Quintunya Chapman (pentathlon), sophomore Chanice Porter (long jump) and freshmen Leontia Kallenou (high jump) and Kendell Williams (pentathlon) will be compete at the meet hosted by the University of New Mexico.
Junior Nick Vena (shot put) and sophomore Maicel Uibo (heptathlon) are the pair set to represent the Bulldog men.
Softball hosts series
against SEC’s other Bulldogs
Like the Georgia baseball team, the Georgia softball team (22-2) begins SEC action with a weekend series against visiting Mississippi State (21-5). The Bulldogs have won seven straight games and 11 of their last 12. Today’s first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday’s game starts at 2 p.m. and Sunday’s begins at 1 p.m. Pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson has racked up 115 strikeouts through 24 games, topping her total from last season (112) by three.
Women’s tennis plays weekend host to Florida, S. Carolina
The No. 12 Bulldogs (10-2, 3-0 SEC) roll into weekend play with some momentum after beating No. 5 Virginia on Wednesday, but face a mixed bag today and Sunday. Georgia hosts South Carolina (10-4, 1-2) at 4 p.m. today and holds an eight-match winning streak over the Gamecocks. But No. 3 Florida (11-2, 3-0) comes to Athens Sunday with a 44-14 series lead over its rival. And Georgia has not beaten Florida since the 2009 conference tournament.