The good news: There will be an NCAA Super Regional in Athens this year.
The bad news for Georgia baseball fans: It won’t involve the Diamond Dogs, whose embarrassing weekend sweep by South Carolina makes 12 losses in the past 15 games. Flat. Out. Awful.
No, the Super Regional announced this morning will be in softball, with the No. 6 national-seed Georgia Bulldogs (42-10) playing host to the No. 11 national-seed Ohio State Buckeyes (47-9) in a best-of-three game series this Thursday and Friday at the UGA Softball Stadium on Milledge Avenue. The opening game is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, with Game 2 at 4:30 p.m. will be Friday If necessary, Game 3 would follow Game 2 on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
This is the eighth consecutive NCAA Softball Championship appearance for Lu Harris-Champer’s program. The Bulldogs will be making their third Super Regional appearance but will be hosting a Super Regional for the first time. Georgia earned its spot in this year’s Athens Super Regional by winning the Chapel Hill Regional with a perfect 3-0 mark that included a win over Radford and a pair of wins over host North Carolina.
Tickets, priced from $5 to $10, went on sale this morning for the Super Regional and can be purchased online, by phone at 1-877-542-1231 or in person at the UGA Athletic Association ticket office in the Butts-Mehre Building. All tickets can be picked up at the ticket office starting Wednesday or at the stadium’s will-call booth beginning two hours before the first game each day.
As for Perno’s Pups, probably the best spin you can put on it as they prepare to face Ole Miss Wednesday as the No. 6 seed at the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala., is that even one win will be considered something of a turnaround. And they’re still likely to make the NCAA Tournament, though considering how the wheels have come off in all aspects of their play of late, I’m not sure that’s a prospect we should savor. The field of 64 will be announced next Monday.
Meanwhile on the football front, Jeff Owens is feeling optimistic about the 2009 season for Mark Richt’s Dawgs and told David Hale of the Bulldogs Blog that he thinks line play will be the key. “If we go out and play Georgia football, no team can stop us, in my opinion. I feel like we have a lot of great talent and a lot of great young guys. We have a hell of a defensive line. I think this team is going to be controlled by the lineman play. If the offensive line plays great and the defensive line plays great, we’ll be unstoppable.”
OK, he may be overstating it a bit, but I like his enthusiasm. Getting a healthy Owens back is one of the biggest pluses for the Dawgs this year.
More football talk later today.