Geno Atkins among Dogs in action

  – Can UGA’s baseball team make another NCAA postseason run, perhaps to the College World Series?  You might not think so, based on recent results. But it’s a funny game, as you know, and first baseman Rich Poythress made the point Thursday that the Dogs weren’t exactly swinging the bats great entering the postseason last year, either.  And then they broke out and went on a tear in which they scored 9, 14, 8, 18, 11, 6 and 17 runs in consecutive games to reach Omaha. So we’ll see. (Here’s a story on Georgia’s bid for an encore.)

  –  More of what Poythress had to say: “Our goal is to play our game and put it all together. . . . We’ve got to get the middle of the order going again. We need to step up and swing the bats a little better. We can rely on our postseason experience, the postseason at-bats we have had. . . . We’ve talked about our young guys a lot, but the middle of the order and the heart of the pitching staff have been there before.  . . . Our main goal was to give ourselves a chance, and that’s what we’ve done. We’ve put ourselves in position.”

  – Tough test Friday in the regional opener  (noon start) at Tallahassee: Georgia’s hitters vs. Ohio State pitcher Alex Wimmers, who has a 9-1 record, 2.68 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 100 2/3 innings.

  – Well, whatever happens, the baseball team ended its quirky streak under David Perno of making the NCAA tournament in every even-numbered year (2002, ‘04,  ’06 and ‘08) and in no odd-numbered years. The Dogs missed the  postseason in ’03, ’05 and ’07 and, in fact, finished well below .500 in the SEC each of those seasons.  Yet,  in the past three even-numbered years, Georgia not only made the postseason but reached the College World Series.  OK, enough on that.

  – UGA will have 21 competitors in the NCAA East Regional men’s and women’s track and field meet Friday and Saturday in Greensboro, N.C.  Among them: Geno Atkins, starting defensive tackle on the football team and shot putter on the track team. The only current UGA athlete participating in two intercollegiate sports, Atkins was seventh in the shot put at the SEC meet, earning two valuable points for his team.  Interesting comment by Georgia coach Wayne Norton in a press release this week: “The significance of Geno scoring at the SEC meet and advancing to the NCAA East Regionals is that he is the first football player to contribute like that for us since  Demiko Goodman finished third at the 2005 SEC indoor meet. Getting what we call ‘football help’ is always a boost to our team, and I think it gave him a little publicity off the field in another sport, which he deserved. We are expecting good things from Geno in Greensboro.” Here’s an earlier story on Atkins the two-sport athlete.

  – The East Regional track-and-field  meet opens at 11 a.m. Friday with the javelin, an event in which Georgia’s Chris Hill is the defending NCAA champion. He also won this season’s SEC championship.

  – UGA’s softball team played in the Women’s College World Series for the first time Thursday — and ran into collegiate softball’s player of the year.   After losing to Washington (and star pitcher Danielle Lawrie), the Bulldogs face an elimination game at noon Saturday.  Here’s  Jack Magruder’s story for the AJC from Oklahoma City.

  – The NCAA men’s golf Championship has a new format, with the low eight teams through three days moving on to match play. Despite a 12-over 296 on Thursday, Georgia tied for seventh place through three rounds at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio –- good enough, barely, to advance to the match-play portion.  The Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in the nation entering the tournament, will have a showdown with Oklahoma State, ranked No. 2, in the quarterfinals Friday.  (That heavyweight matchup results from Georgia being seeded No. 8 and Oklahoma State No. 1 for  the match-play portion based on the first 54 holes.)  The Georgia-Oklahoma State winner will face the Arizona State-Texas A&M winner in the semis, also Friday.

14 comments Add your comment

athensdawg

May 28th, 2009
9:47 pm

good thing geno can’t get called for roughing the discus.

Spike

May 29th, 2009
8:26 am

Come on Golf Dawgs! GATA!

Cuz

May 29th, 2009
9:27 am

My name is Geno. Let me introduce you to my little friend.

GetOverIt

May 29th, 2009
9:29 am

Whats up with UGA teams collapsing after being ranked #1 (football, baseball, now golf)??

Fools Gold

May 29th, 2009
10:09 am

GetOverIt…… Ive been telling you that the sports program at UGA is nothing but mere fools gold. UGA, the choke school of the south!

RxDawg

May 29th, 2009
10:11 am

Nice one Cuz

stinger

May 29th, 2009
10:26 am

FU fools gold.

DR

May 29th, 2009
10:40 am

Geno is the man!

DR

May 29th, 2009
10:41 am

Fools Gold are you a homo?

Johnny DangerDawg

May 29th, 2009
11:31 am

Geno is the rare college athlete who wants to enjoy every available opportunity in college before making his NFL millions. He’s going to compete in two sports, earn his degree, and proudly walk with his mother on Senior Day in Sanford Stadium.

Otto

May 29th, 2009
2:29 pm

Thanks Tim. Keep up the UGA blogs.

Fools Gold

May 29th, 2009
10:43 pm

DR…. sapien, well of course sir!

BuLLdawg

May 31st, 2009
6:56 am

3 of the 4 semi-finalists for the Women’s College World Series are The SEC. Alabama advances to play Floirda, after pinch-hitting a freshman for a 4-time All-American. All she did was bring Bama from behind with a Grand Slam, only her 3rd home run of the season. UGA won 2 games, with ESPN trying to say our pitcher is a cheater. Step out of the box when you release, and it’s a ball and all runners advance a base. That’s not cheating, bunch of whiners. That is a pitch with your foot outside the lines. There is a punishment for that. She was punished 4 times out of 100 pitches. UGA plays Washington at 1 p.m. on ESPN who we split 2 games with in regular season play, and who beat UGA Thursday.

SEC Baseball teams won 6 games yesterday, while Alabama is the only SEC Baseball team of 8 who is eliminated. Georgia could be next, with our loss to host Florida State. However, UGA has won 8 Consecutive Elimination Games in NCAA Regional Baseball Tournaments. 8. Today, we play FSU on ESPN U at noon which Comcast has not picked up yet; but, said it would next year. We play Big 10 Champ Ohio State Suckeyes. If we beat the Suckeyes, we play again against FSU. If we win that, we play FSU tomorrow. None of the games on TV except ESPN U.

AJ-C, says nothing about any of this.

Instead, AJ-C puts forth on the Front Page of the Sports Section that UGA will be lucky to win 8 games this year, according to Mark Bradley, who parts his hair in the middle, or did.

And, the AJ-C reports that Tech does what it always does in NCAA Regional Baseball Tournaments, losing to a supposedly inferior baseball team.

Bias AJ-C.

Bias.

There are one-third a million UGA alumni in Atlanta.

There are 29,000 Tech alumni in Atlanta, none of which played any sports at Tech, as Tech’s atheltes have the worst A.P.R. in the nation.

john '90

May 31st, 2009
11:11 pm

I met Geno’s mother after the LSU game last year in Baton Rouge. It was evident she was instrumental in raising a fine young man. He’s a DAWG we should all be proud of and one I suspect we’ll hear about for years to come for all the right reasons.