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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Diamond Dogs inching closer to NCAAs

One quick blog note: We’ll return to the post-spring depth chart series next week, once we’re done with the NFL draft. But before we get to that, we’d be remiss if we didn’t catch up with the Georgia baseball team.

(We’d also be remiss if we didn’t keep using the royal “we.” It really is fun.)

The Bulldogs had a heart-warming night on Tuesday, and not just because they beat Georgia Tech 6-4. Injured outfielder Jonathan Taylor made it to Turner Field to meet with his teammates for the first time since March 6, when he sustained the serious neck injury.

Taylor, who is undergoing rehab at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, shook hands and spoke with his teammates in his wheelchair. Here's the write-up on UGA's web site.

Georgia then went out and rallied to beat Georgia Tech, a good win for the Bulldogs’ resume’. Their overall record (22-20) isn't overly impressive, but their hopes for the NCAA tournament rest on its SEC record (11-7) and it’s RPI rank (18th as of Wednesday, according to

This projection on has Georgia making the tournament as a No.2 seed, and playing in a regional hosted by Georgia Tech.

Georgia’s remaining schedule has a home series against Arkansas (28-11, 9-9), followed by road trips to Auburn (22-17, 9-9) and Kentucky (20-22, 4-14), and finishing at home against Vanderbilt (35-5, 14-4). There are also mid-week games against Mercer and Kennesaw State.

There weren’t very high expectations for the Bulldogs this year, particularly coming off last year. So to make the NCAAs would be a huge lift, especially after the Taylor injury.

In order to make it, Georgia probably needs to put a bit more distance between its Ws and Ls, rather than just rest on its RPI and schedule strength. Although that did work for the Georgia men's basketball team.


Anonymous said...

Hannah Spiegler signed with the EQ team at Georgia. Great news.

bigeasydawg said...

I don't know how to handle this middle way. I'm used to either magnificent world series runs or steaming piles of failure in March and April.

Your world frightens and confuses me.

Bulldawg said...


Thanks for finally getting us another baseball update.

Keep them comin' and keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

If Georgia had another good starting pitcher to go with Wood and Palazone, they could do some damage in a tournament. Without one, I'm afraid we will only be teased.

Anonymous said...

Dave Perno = Mark Fox = one and done. This team is barely above .500 and we are once again kidding ourselves. What are y'all smokin?

Anonymous said...

Georgia baseballl's schedule is ranked as the most difficult in the country, so the record doesn't tell the whole story. They're 11-7 in the toughest conference, by far for baseball. Also, there will be no one and done because baseball has tournaments that are double elimination but thanks for commenting negatively on something you obviously know nothing about.

RussDawg said...

I was at the game last night and what a great environment for UGA baseball. Over 15K in attendance. Knowing our boys were playing their hearts out for JT and also beating the enginerds makes me proud to be a Bulldawg! If we can pick up the series between Arky and Vandy, we are definitely in. GOOO Dawgs!!!

Bubba from Waycross said...

When are yall gonna see that Mark Fox and Dave Porno can't win the big one? If we'd listened to Patton instead of that dull eyesnhower, Russia'd be speakin English right now. Eyesenhower was just too weak to be a good leader in this army.

That's the problem with this program. Too many eyesnhowers and not enough pattons. If Damon Evans don't get Bobby Cox in here, he can count on me not going to any games. And i was really thinkin about it goin to one this year.