Bulldog Bites: Baseball collapse, softball Super Regional, Jeff Owens

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.

26 comments Add your comment

WTF???

May 18th, 2009
10:47 am

God let’s hope Owens is right…..

WarChild

May 18th, 2009
10:52 am

The Cisco Kid was a friend of mine
He drink whiskey, Poncho drink the wine.

We met down on the fort of Rio Grande
Eat the salted peanuts out of the can.

The outlaws had us pinned down at the fort
Cisco came in blasting, drinking port.

They rode the sunset, the horse was made of steel
Chased a gringo last night through a field.

The Cisco Kid was a friend of mine.
The Cisco Kid was a friend of mine.
Etc, Etc, Etc.

theTruth

May 18th, 2009
11:20 am

Owens is right, ball games are won in the trenches. UGA may have the best DT rotation in the country and if the OL gets healthy and gels, well, you never know….

How big of a fall is this for the baseball team? From the #1 team midseason to this? I know they are young, but the games aren’t even close. Where is the leadership on this team? Rich, Massi? Where are you?

Gator Growl

May 18th, 2009
11:24 am

BUT…Can anybody beat the Mighty Gators??? No Owens, I’m talking about softball!!! (Too).

Gator Growl

May 18th, 2009
11:26 am

AND…Speaking of baseball, who did end up winning the East??? Could it be…the Gators???

Gator Growl

May 18th, 2009
11:28 am

WE…Won’t even talk about womens track…or mens track…what other sports do they play???…Might as well call in the “GatorNationals”!!!

DirtyDawg

May 18th, 2009
12:34 pm

It’s always been about winning the line of scrimmage. Whenever Georgia has had a dominating offensive and/or defensive line, we have won – against anybody because it means whoever we’ve dominated, we’ve beaten. As for whether or not we’ll be able to dominate the OkeeStates, Floridas, Alabamas, LSUs and/or Tennessees, remains to be seen, but I like our chances since we’ve got superior people and coaching at both positions.

UGADawg83

May 18th, 2009
12:37 pm

The baseball team is young. A lot of these guys haven’t played a sixty game season. A little fatigue late in the year is not unusual. Lets hope they can pull it together during tournament time. Hey Gator Growl….yes the mighty Gators can be beat. Your winning streak is the same as the North Avenue Nerds…1 in a row.

LawDawg

May 18th, 2009
12:40 pm

Gator Growl,

Swimming, Mens and Ladies Tennis & Golf, gymnastics and equestrian. They play those sports too. Oh, wait a minute….UGA won all of those. Might as well call it the Dawg Events.

Pago Flyer

May 18th, 2009
1:37 pm

Oh great, here we go again…another grand year upcoming for the DAWGS!

HawkDawg

May 18th, 2009
1:57 pm

Geno Atkins is the key to the line. When he and Owens are both in the game, they wreck havoc in the middle of the line and frees up the defensive ends. Look for a lot of sacks this year.

We will be much better this year because Stafford is gone. For all of his numbers, he lacked the intensity to fire up the team. Good Riddance Stafford.

GordonGekko

May 18th, 2009
1:58 pm

I am surprised a Gayturd wasnt the first responder

jimmy

May 18th, 2009
1:59 pm

owens is right,a running back steps up and we stay healthy the dawgs will certainlly be competaive with everyone

Diamond Dawg

May 18th, 2009
2:05 pm

Look at Gator Growl on our page!!!!!!! Lil nervous obviously!! Go Dawgs

Herschel Talker

May 18th, 2009
2:17 pm

Bill King is scary looking. Period. End of story.

Buck Owens

May 18th, 2009
2:21 pm

………and all I gotta do is act naturally!

Spay and neuter, buckaroos!

PMC

May 18th, 2009
3:22 pm

Ouch! I thought Perno had the group to finally have some consistancy this year.

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murfdawg

May 18th, 2009
4:07 pm

I hope Owens can teach the Dawgs how to tackle. I hope he can teach them how to shut down an offense after a turnover. I hope he can teach the defense how to play after a kickoff goes out of bounds and the other team starts on the forty. i hope he can get them to man up after a Penn Wagers penalty gives the other team a first down.This is what Owens needs to do this year. Leave the blogging to Bama Stan.

DawginLex

May 18th, 2009
4:08 pm

The baseball team overachieved early, They are young overall wiht several freshmen contributing. Despite the catcher and the CF returning, they are young overall. This was set up to be a Perno down cycle year but instead they overachieved early and will get into the NCAA’s. Despite all the youth,

GT STILL DOESN’T WANT TO PLAY US IN A REGIONAL…………………

Ted Striker

May 18th, 2009
4:26 pm

Bill King: Good column! And I owe you an apology for speaking too harshly to you a column or so back. I’m sorry about that, it was wrong. Go Dawgs, in all sports!

Gator Growl: Feel free to keep chomping, just don’t get your hopes up that Bulldogs put any stock in what you say. For the record, I only pay attention to one gator or former gator and that’s Erin Andrews. (And she at least acts like she’s reformed)

HawkDawg: Maybe you didn’t appreciate Stafford, but his coaches and former teammates did. Bashing a former dawg — who still carries a torch for UGA publicly — isn’t classy.

Paddy

May 18th, 2009
4:45 pm

HawkDawg…you sir are not a UGA fan don’t pretend you support our guys. Stafford and everyother former player is family.

Dawgtime

May 18th, 2009
4:45 pm

I believe we have the potential to have two great lines too. I really believe we need to diversify our scheme. I would love to see a standard 43 front with Justin Houston, Geno Atkins, Jeff Ownens, and Kiante Tripp with Rennie Curran, Marcus Washington, and Daryl Gamble. To keep the offense off balance, I would love to see us use more 34 fronts with Geno Atkins, Jeff Owens, and Kiante Tripp at DL with Justin Houston, Marcus Washington, Rennie Curran, and Akeem Dent at LB. IMO, we have been way to predictable with our defense. Geno Atkins and Jeff Owens will both will have draft picks next season. Kiante Tripp is a freakish big athlete. Justin Houston has to potential to be an All-SEC rush end if he grows up and quits the stupid stuff. Marcus Washington will play in the NFL and Rennie Curran is one of the great LB’s in UGA history. That young man would be the first pick in the draft if I selected. He is a pure tackler that doesn’t miss. He is incredibly strong. In terms of the OL, Sturdivant will be a high pick in the draft because he is a true left tackle. The redshirt year allowed him to get stronger, bigger, and smarter. He got a chance to watch. Clint Boling is an All-SEC type of player. I love the center. Ben Jones is an old school OL. Cordy Glenn will play in the NFL for a long time. Justin Anderson has the potential to be a 1st round pick. In terms of other fans making childish and useless comments, I just say get a life and a clue. No one cares what you think. Get over your UGA jealousy. Why are you so concerned with UGA?

gtforever

May 18th, 2009
5:42 pm

Louisiana-Lafayette, you guys are really loading up for the 2010 schedule…….. WHAT A JOKE!

Gator Growl

May 18th, 2009
6:31 pm

Here, I’ll do my best Lane Kiffin…”Hey, sorry if I happened to offend anyone”…actually my Golf game got rained out today and I was bored!!! Again, “sorry if I happened to offend anyone” yeah yeah yeah

Buddy El

May 18th, 2009
9:44 pm

If all of us just ignore “Gator Growl” he/she/it will go away. Why don’t we just try that?