Suffice it to say the Georgia Bulldogs had a rough weekend. After a 22-9 shellacking in its opening game of conference play against LSU, the Bulldogs dropped the next two games despite playing the Tigers much closer.
Georgia is in a rough spot at the moment sitting at 8-13 and needing to play major catchup. That process begins Tuesday against host Kennesaw State at 5 p.m., a rematch of a late February game at Foley Field in which the Bulldogs lost 5-4.
Here are three things to watch in this in-state matchup:
After three straight losses, this is an important game for the Bulldogs. It represents a midweek game to put in their back pocket before a series with Auburn, which just swept no. 5 Florida this past weekend. SEC play is a gauntlet, and the Bulldogs will need to at least split series during the weekend from here on out. But that means a loss here or there, and Tuesday’s game against an 8-11 Owls team is a game it can and should win.
The Bulldogs have already announced their intentions to start usual bullpen arm Zac Kristofak on the mound in what will be a staff day. This could be a way to give a bunch of pitchers’ confidence back after being knocked down a peg against LSU.
Michael Curry shining
Over the past few weeks, Georgia’s sophomore catcher has been going bananas. His numbers for the year: .284, 24 RBI and five home runs. He also has a seven-game hit streak, which is a career best. He’s been reliable to a fault this season and the team’s emotional leader.
It shouldn’t be a surprise when Curry knocks someone in with runners on, a certainty rather than a possibility. Curry will the the first to say that this doesn’t mean much to him, that he’d rather have the wins. But that doesn’t mean his performance shouldn’t be recognized — his numbers are near the top of the SEC. Given the talent in the conference, that’s no small feat.
Finding an identity
The Bulldogs are still figuring out who they are. Some days, the offense is there, but they commit an error here or there, or their starter has a bad outing. It goes back to the issue of playing a complete game. It’s certainly not too late to turn things around — a long win streak cures all ailments. But at this point, that might become a necessity rather than a luxury.