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?