Baseball team a big hit

  A number jumped out at me over the weekend: 4,461.


   That’s how many people were at Foley Field on Saturday to watch Georgia’s baseball team play Mississippi State – the largest crowd in the history of the place.


   David Perno’s Bulldogs obviously have caught on with folks. Saturday’s crowd was sandwiched between two other outstanding turnouts – 3,876 on Friday and 3,689 on Sunday.


   The total attendance for the series was 12,026, a Foley Field record for a three-game series, topping the previous mark of 11,930 for the stirring 2001 NCAA Super Regionals against Florida State. Breaking the record for a March series really says something.


   You know this kind of support is  gratifying to Perno, a native Athenian and Georgia alumnus who  led the Bulldogs to the College World Series in three of his first  seven seasons as head coach and to a national runnerup finish last season. 


   This past weekend’s crowds were rewarded with a three-game sweep of Mississippi State.  A 5-3 win on Friday. A 4-0 win on Saturday. A 10-6 come-from-behind win on Sunday, accomplished with a seven-run rally in the eighth inning.


   Georgia, ranked No. 4, remains undefeated at home this season, 14-0. The Bulldogs are 19-2 overall, 4-2 in the SEC.


   Next up: Wright State at Foley Field on Tuesday, 5  p.m.  Then: at Georgia Tech on Wednesday, 7 p.m.  And then to Tennessee for a three-game weekend series.


    So, your thoughts about the baseball team and, if you were at Foley Field over the weekend, the atmosphere?








26 comments Add your comment


March 23rd, 2009
9:46 am

Diamond Dawgs need the love too. Of course with those two losses it will be hard to get in a BCS game.


March 23rd, 2009
10:05 am

Who’s coming up this weekend to see the series against the billhillies?

Bryan G.

March 23rd, 2009
10:22 am

This proves that if you build a winning program, people will come and see it.

The same could be said for the basketball program.


March 23rd, 2009
10:28 am

This team is better top to bottom than any I’ve seen here in a while. Not sure if all the freshman will hit that so called wall in midseason, but if not look out in Omaha. The pitching depth especially and the overall depth on this team is great. Go Dawgs!


March 23rd, 2009
10:42 am

I am a season ticket holder in ALL 3 major sports…go to EVERY HOME and AWAY football game…about 80% of the HOME basketball games (road
game thrown in), and about 75% of the HOME baseball games….and a couple
of road games thrown in (may go to Knoxville, TN next Sunday)…KNOW I’m going to Lexington, KY for the Saturday game…If you haven’t been to Foley Field for a game, you are missing out BIG-TIME!!!! I hear people say they go to Braves games….well to that, I say this: Do you LOVE the Braves? I LIKE the Braves…I LOVE THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA!!!!! There’s a HUGE difference in LIKE and LOVE!!!! So for ALL of you who say (during football season) that you LOVE Georgia…do you LOVE Georgia Football or do you LOVE GEORGIA?!!!!! Just asking!!!!! And I coach high school baseball AND a Little League team…so NOT having the time doesn’t hold water with me!!!!


March 23rd, 2009
11:29 am

You go Dawg, glad to have “rabid” Dawg fans such as yourself backing our teams. Sic-em!


March 23rd, 2009
11:49 am

Watched the games Fri.& Sun.on CSS from here in knoxville and plan to make it to at least 2 games here this weekend.I,like DSB love the Dawgs and hope to see you and alot more Dawg Fans there on Sunday.College Baseball in the last 8 years or so has moved to a close second as far as sports I enjoy watching.

Go Dawgs

March 23rd, 2009
12:17 pm

Nice story………… would be even better if we could read about the diamond dawgs in the ajc after the game. No one is covering the actual games? One of the top teams in the country, record crowds, great ball being played but no one giving us something to read after each game.

Can you hear me……………anyone home?


March 23rd, 2009
12:23 pm

I was at Foley field on Sunday, the starter Grimm looked great striking out 9 batters (consistent 90+ fast ball) while giving up only one earned run. The 8th inning looked like UGA last year scoring 7 runs to go ahead 10-5.

Perno may have some bullpin issues yet to solve, Earls, Tanner and Esmonde were most unimpresive. Walters did a good job closing the deal.

Starting 4 or 5 freshman, UGA could be even better than last year. I will be in attendance when UGA takes on the “trade school boys” Wed. night.



March 23rd, 2009
1:06 pm

nothing like watching baseball with aluminum bats
really gets me excited

Bo Williams

March 23rd, 2009
2:22 pm

Dawg fans watch baseball to fill void created by failed basketball program. This is particularly painfull to Dawg fans because the basketball tourney gets so much attention, and Dawg fans need attention, and the basketball program only brings pain.


March 23rd, 2009
2:30 pm

Thanks Bo, think I will have that shot of strychnine after all.


March 23rd, 2009
3:52 pm

All I know is that it is a long way down Kudzu Hill if you trip over the keg when going to the bathroom. The kudzu does provide some comfort though.


March 23rd, 2009
4:40 pm

Cuz, come on up and ya’ll can stay at the lake and go to the game.

zoo, since they came out with Depends I don’t have that trouble anymore.


March 23rd, 2009
5:39 pm

godawg, there is no good way to drive to your place from Augusta.

zoo similar to game days on the tracks. Falling down the hill into the cemetary was faster than walking. The climb back up was a killer.


March 23rd, 2009
8:06 pm

There is no good way to get anywhere that’s not due west from Augusta.

I’d like to be the first to ask (ok I may the only one to ask) everyone to lay off of Percy Harvin. You know what….it is what it is. Pretty funny comment about the test results “not made public but often leaked”. Probably no good reason to have those out there.


March 23rd, 2009
8:38 pm

12 National Titles – 21 SEC Titles!!!

The UGA baseball team looks pretty good – caught the last two innings on Sunday’s game – both teams would not quit.

By the way – which team beat UGA for their two losses when UGA was ranked #1 in the country?????



Seriously – anybody???

Can you say “ROLLLLLLLLL TIDE!!!!!”"

I guess that makes it twice this year that UGA was ranked #1 in a sport – till the Tide ROLLED IN!!!


If I am UGA – I would be concerned that they do not have a closer.


March 23rd, 2009
10:15 pm

Hey Bamastan, did you catch my earlier comment. What score did Sarah Jessica Parker Wilson score on the wunderlic. 31-0 but he only finished half. Yeah I slay myself. It’s a tough economy, and here I am cracking jokes when so many comics are out of jobs. Oh well, such is life.


March 23rd, 2009
10:29 pm

Celebrate beating MS. State while you can. MSU is picked to finish dead last in the West and you struggled to beat us. John Cohen will fix the ship at State and we will be back to our normal selfs in very short time. The real Bulldogs of the SEC will be back shortly.


March 23rd, 2009
11:01 pm

Hey Bama Stan, as much as I hate to admit it, your gymnastics team is also the first to beat ours and it happened at the SEC championships, and yes, UGA was ranked number 1. Kind of a weird feat, but it has happened. Now, our golf team is number 1, can y’all beat us? And our men’s tennis is about number 2, but the NCAAs are on our home courts, but I wonder if there is a record for something like that happening?

Anyway, I was at the game Sunday, and except for brief moments in the innings before the 8th, the crowd was very subdued. Mostly because it was just a gorgeous day and it was a low-scoring game. Just a great day to watch a game. And by the way, one UGA fan mentioned that the AJC doesn’t cover the baseball games, well, they never covered Tech’s good baseball teams, either. With the paper industry like it is, it is unlikely they will cover too many games of the third major.

And Donnie, did you know MSU was, was ranked 25th heading into this series? They have some good pitching, so struggling is what we did, but the MSU hitting is pretty weak. But there is good history with that program, so I am sure it will be good again.


March 24th, 2009
7:41 am

“Stafford impresses on Wonderlic test”…..I can certainly see how! Why with questions like “If gas costs 2.50 a gallon, how much can you buy with 5.00?”, I AM IMPRESSED!!!


March 24th, 2009
8:30 am

People don’t realize that Harrick Jr wrote the Wonderlic test! Harvick can take that 12 along with about 12 mil to the bank on draft day. Nobody is asking him to build rockets or run Wall Street. He is definitely too smart to run Wall Street.

So what is up with the BB coach search? Anderson is probably heading to Bama. Who are we looking at now? Grant is out. I thought these two were strong candidates. OK guy probably won’t be moving.


March 24th, 2009
10:20 am

missed the game sat. because of work, but i made the games friday and sunday, and i will be at the game today. wondering why we do not have, at least a little, coverage of the baseball team here? Would enjoys some interviews with the players….oh well, GO DAWGS


March 24th, 2009
10:28 am

My wife and I drove down from Knoxville to see the Dawgs play MSU. We’ve been traveling to see the dawgs since 03. Been to Omaha once and most all the regionals and supers. This past weekend had the feal of post season games, especially the Sunday game. This team has potential to be great, but other than BAMA we haven’t really played a tough schedule. That will not change this weekend as UT is struggling a bit. But we do get Tech in a marque game that will get national attention and help our RPI. In spite of the schedule the thing I like about this team is that they have taken care of business. They are winning the games they should win, which is not a given in baseball. If they continue that trend and go .500 or better in the SEC then post season is a given with the potential for a really big year.

I’ll be at the games this weekend and will probably tailgate before Saturday’s game. It is always a joy to let the UT fans know their are dawgs in their midst. Hopefully there will be a strong contingent of UGA fans there.


March 24th, 2009
6:15 pm


The answer is two! Now where do I sign up for my NFL contract? Hell i’ll even take the minimum!


March 24th, 2009
6:17 pm

Man, I just took that Wunderlick test. I only scored 5 out of 10. It told me even Chris Leak scored a 7 out of 10. LOL. God i’m dumber than a bag of hammers.