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Bulldogs travel to UNCG for the Key SoCon series



The Samford University baseball team will play a crucial Southern Conference series at UNC Greensboro this weekend. The teams will play Friday at 5:00 PM (CT), Saturday at 1:00 PM (CT) and Sunday at 12:00 PM (CT).

Samford enters the series with a 32-16 record overall and the Bulldogs are in first place in the SoCon standings with a 12-3 league record. UNC Greensboro is 29-17 overall and the Spartans rank second in the SoCon with a 13-5 conference mark.

Samford and UNC Greensboro have met 49 times, with Samford holding a 31-18 series lead. Last season, Samford won two of three regular-season meetings, and the Bulldogs posted a 9-5 victory over the Spartans in the SoCon tournament.

Samford starts as a right-handed pitcher Michael Ross (10-0, 2.54 ERA) Friday and right-handed Noah Berry (0-0, 6.60 ERA) Saturday. Samford has not yet named a starter for Sunday’s game. UNCG will start right-handed pitcher Hunter Shuey (6-0, 3.00 ERA) on Friday, right-hander Rob Ready (3-1, 3.95 ERA) on Saturday and right-hander Julien Peissel (2-2, 5.30 ERA) in Sunday’s series finale.

The Bulldogs won two of three games against Mercer last weekend, winning game one (9-1) and game three (12-5) before falling in game two (20-15). In midweek, Samford earned a 12-3 win over North Alabama on Tuesday night at Joe Lee Griffin Field.

So far this season, Samford has been led by Garrett Howebatted .389 with 15 doubles, eight home runs and 42 RBI. John Anderson is hitting .382 with 17 doubles, 11 home runs and a team-high 57 RBI. Andrew Bennett is batting .361 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 34 RBI. Garrett Staton is hitting .322 with 16 doubles, a team-high 16 home runs and 55 RBI.

As a team, Samford currently leads the SoCon in home runs with 80 and ranks third in batting average at .315. Individually, Ross leads the league in ERA (2.54), wins (10) and fewest runs allowed (22). Howe leads the SoCon in runs scored (65), and he ranks second in the league in hits (72) and third in batting average (.389). Anderson leads the SoCon in doubles (17), while Staton ranks second in plate appearances (202).

The Spartans dropped a 15-9 decision to Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night. Last weekend, UNCG swept the SoCon series at The Citadel, winning by scores of 6-2, 8-5 in 11 innings and 4-1.

UNC Greensboro has been led so far this season by Calen Cozart, who is hitting .356 with nine doubles, 22 home runs and 71 RBI. He leads the SoCon in both home runs and RBI. CC Jarman is hitting .331 with six doubles and 22 RBI. Jake Ogden is hitting .321 with 10 doubles, six home runs and 38 RBI.

All three games will be broadcast live on ESPN+, and fans can also follow the games online via live stats. For links to follow all of Samford’s games this season, click on the following link: BASEBALL SCHEDULE.


Visit the official Samford Athletics website at for the latest Samford baseball news and information. Fans can also follow the Bulldogs on social media at /SamfordBaseball (Facebook), @SamfordBaseball (Instagram) and @SamfordBaseball (Tweeting).