On softball’s show and Knox’s transfer . . .

   Georgia’s softball team played two games on national television Sunday and put on a good show.  Hope you saw some of it.

   The youngest team in major-college softball -– 10 freshmen, eight sophomores, no juniors, two seniors –- was one of the last three teams standing in the Women’s College World Series.

   After beating Washington (and national Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie) 9-8 in a compelling, extra-inning marathon Sunday afternoon, the Bulldogs found themselves one victory from the WCWS finals.  Alas, they lost a Sunday night rematch to Washington and Lawrie, 9-3.

   So now it’s Washington vs. Florida in a best-of-three series for the championship.

   But the Bulldogs did their school proud in their first trip to the Women’s College World Series,  playing with tenacity and enthusiasm.

   A couple of other things from the weekend:

  – Georgia’s baseball team, clearly over-hyped when it climbed to No. 1 in the polls a while back, had its season end ingloriously in an NCAA Regional on Sunday afternoon in Tallahassee. Shaky pitching and defense added up to a 13-6 loss to Ohio State –- the same Ohio State team that Georgia demolished 24-8 two days earlier. And the same Ohio State team that, later Sunday, would lose to Florida State 37-6.  Yes, 37-6!

   – Now, football: Georgia’s announcement Saturday that backup free safety John Knox is transferring to Georgia Military College for academic reasons further solidifies Bryan Evans as the starter at the position, although there wasn’t really any doubt about that coming out of spring practice anyway. Knox was listed No. 2 on the post-spring depth chart at free safety, apparently well behind Evans, the converted cornerback. Evans, as you know, shifted to safety at mid-season last year after getting burned  at corner early in the season.  Evans got much praise from coaches and teammates for his play at safety this spring. Reshad Jones is the No. 1 strong safety, after starting at free safety  last season, and he says the two positions are essentially interchangeable. With Knox gone, Georgia’s backup safeties include Makiri Pugh (listed as the No. 3 free safety before Knox’s departure), Baccari Rambo (listed as No. 2 strong safety) and, if healthy, Quintin Banks (listed as No. 3 strong safety). Rambo and Pugh, both redshirted as freshmen last season, impressed teammates and coaches on the practice field. Banks, a rising junior, played in only one game last season because of two knee injuries.

36 comments Add your comment

About to be 3 NCs out of 4

June 1st, 2009
7:37 am

“Georgia’s baseball team, clearly over-hyped”. Sounds typical for all their sports. Well except for women’s gymnastics. UGA… a gymnastics factory.

Pi$$onaDAWG

June 1st, 2009
7:39 am

Great run Lady Dawgs. Washington beat both Ga. Tech & UGA with that great pitcher Lawrie. That girl can pitch.

Who dis

June 1st, 2009
7:52 am

When is football gonna come????

Saint Simons.

June 1st, 2009
8:03 am

“3 NCs out of 4″

you are clearly such an idiot, it’s not even funny.

Chiefdawg

June 1st, 2009
8:09 am

I don’t if I would call “3 NCs out of 4″ an idiot. He has every right to brag until someone stops them and even though I love the Dawgs, it doesn’t look like it is going to be them.

UGA72

June 1st, 2009
8:39 am

I spent all day Sunday watching college baseball and softball, switching back and forth between games. The lack of hustle, focus and general overall play of the UGA baseball team in the second game against Ohio State was embarrassing. On the othr hand, I take my hat off to the girls softball team. They played with enthusiasm, desire, and a whole lot of heart. They did themselves and the university proud. Our boys can learn something from our ladies.

godawg

June 1st, 2009
8:41 am

Oddly enough, the previous year’s MNC rarely repeats, no matter who you keep, so there’s a good chance it will be “2NCs out of 4.” Not saying it will be the Dawgs, just say’in statistically…never count your chicks…or gatorettes…

Mikey

June 1st, 2009
9:03 am

Congratulations to the lady Dawgs.
I watched those games and saw a lot of grit and determination.
Please pass it along to the football team. Every little bit helps.

Mikey

June 1st, 2009
9:05 am

FSU 36
The Ohio State 6

What, did FSU’s kicker miss an extra point??

Mikey

June 1st, 2009
9:06 am

ooops. I misspoke. it was 37 to 6. I guess he did hit the PAT after all.

DirtyDawg

June 1st, 2009
9:41 am

What is it about fast-pitch softball pitchers? How can they throw all day, then throw all night, then do it all again the next day, day-in-day-out, all season long, and not have their arm fall off. This kid for U-Dub has pitched every inning of every game – so they said – for her team since mid-April…and she was just as strong at the end last night as she was earlier that morning – before throwing 160 some-off pitches in the first game alone. Is it that throwing the ball under-handed doesn’t put the same stress on the shoulder and/or elbow? Whatever it is, it’s always been amazing to me.

Having said that, and not to take anything away from Dub-U’s great pitcher, the umps must have been reading all the hype about her, cause she was getting calls 6-10 inches off the plate all day long. She’s good enough without the help.

Saint Simons

June 1st, 2009
10:10 am

45-42!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahhahahahaahahhahahaahahahahah

DawginLex

June 1st, 2009
10:31 am

Never been a big fan of college softball but those kids made us proud. The baseball team was overrated from the start, had too many young players and needed a good calling out by Perno. Good for him. I normally don’t advocate throwing someone under the bus but in this case, I agree. We all saw it, so why not call it for what it is.

Ben

June 1st, 2009
11:10 am

It was an odd year… of course the baseball team was overrated!

Mikey

June 1st, 2009
11:28 am

Saint Simons, you give a great little city a bad name.
Can’t you come up with anything other than the same drivel over and over?

Obama hates Cheney's bald head the most

June 1st, 2009
11:30 am

Saint Simons= loser.

joe jenkins

June 1st, 2009
11:41 am

saint simons is a chidish little snot- nosed punk.

Cuz

June 1st, 2009
11:48 am

I caught the highlights from the first and watched the second girls softball game. They played with a heck of a lot of enthusiasm. They sure looked like they were having fun. Even in the loss they were fired up. Congradulations on a great year Lady Dawgs. You made this alumnus proud.

ChewDawg

June 1st, 2009
2:16 pm

DirtyDawg -

Fast pitch softball is WAY less stressful on the arm that baseball. One part of it is that In baseball, you’re using your arms (actually your whole body) to generate the energy to move the ball. You’re doing all the work. In fast pitch, the centrifugal force generated from whipping the ball around helps generate a lot of speed on the ball. Yes, the pitcher can affect that speed by determining how hard to spin her arm and depends upon her own energy to whip the ball around, but the centrifugal force is a big factor in velocity.

Another component is that fast pitch pitchers use muscles differently to generate velocity. They use the same larger muscles in the shoulder, back and sides as baseball players, but fewer smaller muscles in the same places and in the arms. BB pitchers have to rotate the elbow, wrist, hand, and flex the arm in a variety of ways to generate velocity and create movement on the pitch. This stresses finer muscles a lot. Fast pitch pitchers keep their arm straight for the most part of the pitch and rely on science to create a lot of the velocity. This allows the brunt of the work to be done by larger, more durable muscles without wearing down smaller muscles in the arm. It also puts less stress on the ligaments that attach these smaller muscles and help them work. Most BB pitchers experience fatigue in their elbows and shoulders where finer muscles are overworked and stress ligaments. While there to some extent in fast pitch, it’s not on the same level.

ChewDawg

June 1st, 2009
2:22 pm

Oh, and forgot to add that the Lady Dawgs did UGA real proud. Those girls showed great energy and team play in their first ever appearance in the WCWS. A young team (no juniors only 2 seniors) with lots of promise…I hope they can turn that into many more appearances in the future.

ChewDawg

June 1st, 2009
2:34 pm

Men’s BB disappointed. I didn’t expect a run at the CWS to start the season…team was young and rebuilding. A good showing in the regionals was about the best I had hoped for. They got to the regionals but failed short of a good showing. Spanked OSU, played FSU somewhat close, and then fell off the tracks on Sunday. The team played without heart, lacked leadership, and just didn’t seem to hustle. I’m not upset they lost…just how they did it. But it reflects their regular season perfectly…start with a bang, stumble at the end, and finish it leaving a big question mark in everyone’s mind. If I didn’t know otherwise, there would be no way in the world you could convince me the team that played Sunday was a top 10 contender most of the season, and even #1 for a few weeks.

Hoping they shake the cobwebs and Perno gets them back on track in 2010.

Dawn

June 1st, 2009
3:27 pm

Lady Dawgs, you make us proud. The way you played on such a hot day and to have to play twice without much rest, remember you got Georgia’s Ladies Softball further than it ever has been! Congratulations.

Mikey

June 1st, 2009
3:31 pm

Hate to admit it but the crocodiles look like they will sweep Washington.
They are scary good.

No longer a Georgia Softball Fan

June 1st, 2009
4:08 pm

The Georgia Bulldogs performance in teh College Softball World Series was embarassing. Not only did the seniors show no lack of respect for umpires, opponent, or themselves; they gave the critics of softball adn girls sports a reason to bash womens sports. The giggling, showing up umpires and overall ‘goofing around’ was not taken as energy and passion for the game. It was a joke to watch. Watch Florida and Washington tonight and judge softball as a sport and it’s players as athletes. And Georgia’s youngsters…please do not follow in your seniors foot steps. YOU ARE MUCH BETTER THAN THAT! Next year, try it with class!

Softball Fan

June 1st, 2009
4:20 pm

I agree. These ladies did not put on a ‘good show’. They have the ability and energy to be great. Though their attitudes and behavior show lack of disipline and class. It was embarassing to a sport that ex-collegiate athletes like myself worked many years to build up. That fault is on the coaching staff and is not with age.

Jones

June 1st, 2009
4:35 pm

They did what all sport teams should do…..play as hard as you can, show no fear, never give up and have fun because it is just a GAME!!!!

Softball Fan

June 1st, 2009
5:33 pm

Yes, you are right in that. Play as hard as you can…they did. Show no fear…they were not afraid of anyone or their pitchers records. Never give up…they did not give up no matter the deficit. And it is just a game. But what they lacked was class and respect for the umpires, opponents, themselves or the fans. There is a difference between confidence and a sense of snuggness and arrogance that probably fires the other team up more.

SB

June 1st, 2009
5:39 pm

What you all are not getting is the term ’sportsmanship’. Strutting around the mound showing up umpires, laughing when an all-america pitcher fools you on a change, laughing when you make an error that in the end puts you in the hole further. Not only did it make the sport look like a recreational beer drinking league game, it reflected on a great university and a great group of youngsters. It was unfortunatly the SENIORS who were doing it. And a coaching staff that did not put a stop to it. It was not mental toughness, it was a show.

Jimmy

June 1st, 2009
5:40 pm

Uhhhh yeah, all of the softball and baseball girlie talk is nice, it is the offseason afterall, but what do yall think of Reshad Jones being named pre-season 1st team SEC?? Must not have watched a lot of UGA football this past year. Good grief.

: )

June 1st, 2009
5:43 pm

UGA remains strong. I agree with a lot of what was said. It was embarassing to watch. But those 2 sole seniors, who thougth something was sooooo funny are gone and next year those youngsters can do it. Do not count them out on bad behavior od a few.

And coaches….put a stop to the antics and teach class!

Joe

June 1st, 2009
6:42 pm

Softball…..urrggh! I married a softball player and in the beginning complained about womens sports. But as I watched Collegiate Softball over the years I actually enjoyed it. Not as much as football, but who does! The way Georgia laughed and screwed around on the field and in the batters box showed why I hated watching girls sports. Washington and Florida showed what Championship Tams are made of…..NOW ONTO FOOTBALL!

bigdawg

June 1st, 2009
8:01 pm

Are we really mad cause our SOFTBALL team had a good time? they played that way all year long, and they were the youngest team in d-1 and almost made the finals. I’m not saying that the two seniors were a little silly out there but get real! The youngest team out there almost made the finals. Hopefully next year we can win it all.

Rocket

June 2nd, 2009
12:51 am

I am from Seattle and a UW Husky fan. I want to commend the Georgia Softball team on their sportsmanship and class. I kept watching the game and even though they were behind, they were still smiling and laughing. They definitely played for the love of the game. They showed great sportsmanship when they stood and clapped for UW when the game was over. I’m sure they will be back next year and I will be rooting for them if my Husky’s aren’t in the playoffs. Congratulations, you are first class in my book.

WildBill

June 3rd, 2009
3:37 pm

Want to see softball sportsmanship? Just go to a softball, travel-ball, girls game, 12 and under. They do it right. They do not act silly and put down the oppostion, they also listen to their coaches. I was disappointed in the Georgia softball coach. She looked overwhelmed and detached. I was pulling hard for the dawgs but could not understand the shortstop’s constant visits to the mound, laughing like a maniac. What was that all about? Where is the game face, like the one on the Huskies’ pitcher. The dawgs did play with grit and determination. I have but one question, what was going on with the dawgs starting pitcher, McCloud?, the blonde, who couldn’t get out of the first inning on 3 starts? Her dad must be a big donor or something, I don’t know….

nik

June 3rd, 2009
7:36 pm

I coach an ASA team and my team has a lot of fun. But when we are playing we are serious. We compete…and have fun, but all the time and hard work that we put in is not funny. I would think a Top College Program, even if they are young, should not be laughing and joking on the mound. The coaches should demand their athletes to represent their college in a good way.

JUne

August 25th, 2009
10:23 am

big ups to my cuz baccari rambo