It’s baseball time in Athens, Georgia, as the hometown Georgia Bulldogs get set to open the 2022 campaign with 29 lettermen, including eight starters from last season. Heading into a new season, Head Coach Scott Stricklin has positioned his Bulldogs for a legendary 2022 season that has the potential to follow the football team in winning a National Championship.
Coming into the 2022 season, Georgia has arguably the best pitching staff in the Southeastern Conference. Georgia’s weekend starters have experience and talent unmatched anywhere in the country.
Georgia will rely heavily on their weekend starters from the gate to jumpstart Georgia into the national conversation as one of the eight best teams in the country. Georgia’s first two starters are a mixture of a Junior on Friday night with Jonathan Cannon, a Sophmore on Saturday in Liam Sullivan, and a Junior on Sunday with Dylan Ross getting the nod over Jaden Woods. However, Head Coach Scott Stricklin talked about Jaden Woods getting his due time at some point in the season if needed in that three-man rotation on the weekend. In the case he’s not listed in the weekend rotation this season, Georgia fans can prepare to see him used as the primary midweek guy with stints as a long reliever on the weekend.
As far as the rest of the lineup goes, Georgia returns a ton of talent and offensive firepower included in that lineup; Georgia has the Tate brothers back and Josh Mcallister, all of which hit well into the .300s on the field, including several homers last season. When Georgia makes their this season, and they will, it’ll be on the bats of those three guys. In the interview with the Hit It To Hoover podcast, Coach Stricklin not only talked about those three guys but, he mentioned the rest of the lineup card as well, including Fernando Gonzalez, Garrett Blaylock, and Ben Anderson, all guys contributed in a mighty way in 2021 and had an even better off-season leading to the confidence from Coach Stricklin regarding his team as they head into the 2022 season.
Not only is the coaching staff excited about this team and the direction it’s heading, but the fans are as well. Georgia sold out of their allotment of season tickets when they went on sale in December. Not to mention, Coach Stricklin mentioned that following the 2022 season, Georgia baseball fans will see the undertaking of renovations to Foley Field. Catching Foley Field up to the standard in the Southeastern Conference is just the latest ounce of excitement that is being poured into the Georgia Baseball program.
Overall, College Baseball should go ahead and take notice of this Georgia Baseball program before they sneak up on the sport and take the entire Baseball world by surprise. There’s no doubt that the Georgia Bulldogs will be chomping at the bits to show the rest of the College Baseball world just what Georgia Baseball is all about.
Georgia will open their season next weekend at Foley Field against Albany.