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Sidearm Delivery Ep. 17 | Georgia’s Scott Stricklin + The SEC at the Midway point

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The Sidearm Delivery Podcast returns with a trip to the Deep South to talk about the power conference that is the SEC where the No. 1 team in the nation resides. We’ll be talking about the top-ranked Tennessee Vols and their impressive road sweep over Vanderbilt, but first we’re chatting with Georgia head coach Scott Stricklin after his Bulldogs tallied their own impressive sweep this weekend against rival Florida.

Georgia is now 22-6 on the season with a 6-3 mark in conference play and they jumped up from No. 23 to 14 in our D1Baseball rankings after winning in three different ways against Florida, rallying twice in the late innings, first with a three-run ninth inning on Thursday to walk off against Blake Purnell after the Gators had taken the lead late. The Dawgs won handily on Friday behind another strong outing from ace Jonathan Cannon and then used a big inning, an eight-run seventh inning to come from behind to win the series finale.

Georgia has been piecing together the rotation behind Cannon due to injuries, including season-ending elbow injuries to top prospects Dylan Ross and Will Childers, but Stricklin has been able to make it work. We talk to the Georgia head coach about how the Bulldogs are finding ways to overcome as well as how last year’s Selection Monday disappointment has helped fuel and motivate a veteran squad this year.

Later in the episode, we talk with D1Baseball regional reporter Burke Granger about what he witnessed first hand from Tennessee in its series at Vanderbilt and what has been most impressive about the Volunteers this season. Finally, D1Baseball national writer Kendall Rogers joins the show to talk about all the surprises, disappointments and studs of the first half of the season in the SEC. He’ll also name his SEC midseason Pitcher and Player of the Year.

You can also check previous shows from this season, including our last episode which featured St. Peter’s head coach Lou Proietti and Prep Baseball Report’s Vitaly Jangols:

Ep. 16 – St. Peter’s head coach Lou Proietti

Ep. 15 – Long Beach State’s Eric Valenzuela, Sacramento State’s Colin Hunter

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