Wildcats set to host SEC rival Georgia


Kentucky junior Zack Thompson pitches during the game against Canisius College on Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, at Kentucky Proud Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Madison Dennis

The Kentucky Wildcats and the no. 4 ranked Georgia Bulldogs are set to face off this weekend in a three-game series starting Thursday night. The Cats are coming off a win against Morehead State and are hoping to continue the trend. 

Kentucky’s record currently stands 15-10 and will have a home advantage at Kentucky Proud Park—UK has won 12 out of their 16 games this season when playing at home. 

Georgia’s record currently stands 21-4, its best starting recording since 2009. Georgia’s starting  pitchers, sophomore Emerson Hancock (5-1, 0.59 ERA),  sophomore C.J. Smith (2-0, 2.05 ERA), and  junior Tony Locey (4-0, 2.10 ERA), are pitching for a combined of 1.85 ERA so far this season.

In SEC play, the Bulldogs have a fielding percentage of .955 with only one error. Senior second baseman LJ Talley (.384), sophomore right fielder Riley King (.333), junior center fielder Tucker Maxwell (.333) and junior third baseman/closer Aaron Schunk (.313) lead the team in batting averages. Maxwell has been the team’s leading hitter in SEC play. Georgia’s currently batting .288 as a team and averages 7.2 runs per game.

Wildcats standout pitcher Zack Thompson ranks second in both SEC in career strikeouts and career hits per nine innings. He has a combined 193 strikeouts this season and will need to add seven to his total to join only 13 other wildcats who have reached 200. The team leads the SEC with stolen bases (57). Junior Jaren Shelby stole five bases against Eastern Kentucky, the most bases any SEC player had stolen 1994.

The Wildcats have an 89-game streak without being shut out by their opponents and look to make it 90 starting at 7 p.m. The matchup will be broadcast on the SEC Network.