by Knox Bardeen
The Georgia Bulldogs (19-18) will host the Clemson Tigers (22-13) in Athens, Ga. Wednesday at Foley Field at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on CSS.
Clemson enters Wednesdays action after winning four games in a row, including a weekend series sweep against Boston College on the road. The Tigers are ranked No. 21 in the National College Baseball Writers Association poll.
Georgia is limping into action Wednesday, losing four of its last five games, three to nationally ranked opponents Florida and Georgia Tech.
The Tigers will send right-hander Justin Sarratt to the mound to face the Bulldogs. Sarratt is 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA this season in a mixture of starts and relief appearances. Hes been touched up in his last three starts, giving up seven earned runs and 15 hits in 12 innings of work.
Ben Cornwell, the junior right-hander with a 1-2 record and a 5.48 ERA, will start for the Bulldogs. Cornwell has also pitched in both relief and as a starter this season. Hes made four starts and pitched in five relief appearances. Cornwells last start was on April 6 against Charleston Southern where he threw 4 23 innings and gave up five hits and two earned runs.
The two teams have met 219 times since 1900 with Georgia maintaining the advantage, 117-100-2.
Clemson third baseman John Hinson has fared well against Georgia pitching in his career. In five games, Hinson is 8-for-17 (.471) with two home runs and nine RBI.
Clemson is 14-6 this season when it faces a right-handed pitcher, but just 4-6 in road games.
Clemson first baseman Richie Shaffer has hit safely in 11-straight games. Center fielder Will Lamb is in the midst of a 10-game streak of his own.
This isnt the first meeting between these teams this season. On March 29, Clemson beat Georgia 11-5 in Clemson.
Georgia is 1-5 against the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. The Bulldogs have lost to Georgia Tech twice, Clemson once, and lost 2-of-3 to Florida State.
The Bulldog hitters are enjoying hitting streaks currently. Shortstop Kyle Farmer has a career-best 15-game hitting streak alive, third baseman Curt Powell is in an eight-game hitting streak, and second baseman Levi Hyams is in a seven-game hitting streak. The three hitters are a combined 47-for-120 (.392) during their respective streaks.