Stakes will be high for Bulldogs on Sunday (UPDATED)

University of Georgia teams will be playing Sunday for spots in the NCAA tennis semifinals and the NCAA softball super regionals.

  • Tennis: Two late-night upsets on Friday set up an an interesting pairing of Georgia vs. Oklahoma in a Sunday men’s quarterfinal at the NCAA Tennis Championships in Athens. The Dogs and Sooners are scheduled to play at 5 p.m., with the winner advancing to Monday’s national semis against Sunday’s Baylor-Tennessee winner.


Oklahoma is coached by John Roddick, a four-time All-American player for Georgia from 1995-99 and UGA’s Athlete of the Year in 1998. This is his first year as the Sooners’ coach. This is what he had to say about going up against the Bulldogs:

“What a day it will be . . . win or lose. This is going to be a great opportunity for the kids. If you had told me in June [when he took the job] that all of this was going to happen, I would have said you were crazy. I’m just so happy right now. . . . It’s emotional.”

Both Oklahoma and Georgia pulled off upsets late Friday, the Sooners beating No. 3 seed Texas and the Bulldogs topping No. 6 seed Florida.

Georgia has reached the national semifinals in three of the past four years.

  • Softball: Georgia, the No. 6 national seed in the NCAA tournament, beat Florida State 5-2 Saturday to advance to Sunday’s championship round of the double-elimination Athens Regional. The Bulldogs (45-11) will face Radford (38-16), which beat Elon and Florida State on Saturday.

(UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Sunday: Georgia beat Radford 8-1 today to advance to the Super Regionals. Megan Wiggins went 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Brianna Hesson went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Georgia is now 46-11 this season.)

For Georgia against FSU on Saturday, Sarah McCloud struck out  seven and allowed just three hits in five innings, while Kristyn Sandberg went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Megan Wiggins 3-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases.


Meanwhile, two Georgia teams saw their seasons end on Saturday. The baseball team (16-37 overall, 5-23 SEC) finished a forgettable season with a 14-11 loss to Kentucky. And the SEC champion men’s golf team failed to advance to next month’s NCAA Championships, losing a playoff to Baylor for the fifth and final qualifying spot from the NCAA South Regional. However, Georgia’s Russell Henley won medalist honors and will advance to the NCAA Championships as an individual.

37 comments Add your comment


May 23rd, 2010
12:40 am

First! For the first time ever!

YellerSkeeters are PeterEaters!

May 23rd, 2010
1:51 am

No, VinceVanGo, I’m 1st. Goooooo DAWGS! Sic’em Sunday!


May 23rd, 2010
7:32 am

Once a Dawg always a Dawg how sweet it is !!!!!!


May 23rd, 2010
8:31 am

Who gives a flying flip about UGA? It’s just a huge party school full of goons and felons.

Frank Lane

May 23rd, 2010
8:34 am

thanks for covering these other sports.

jesse james

May 23rd, 2010
8:55 am

Go Dawgs! Just goes to show you what a great athletic program that Coach Vince Dooley built. He doesn’t get enough credit for the job he did in building a top notch athletic program. Damon Evans deserves credit for carrying it on.


May 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

Hey D’Shaundra…obviously you do because you read the article and commented on it. D’Shaundra – wow sounds like a thug name to me


May 23rd, 2010
9:55 am

D’Shaundra is NOT a thug….just a chickenhead.


May 23rd, 2010
9:58 am

Well, obviously you give a “flying flip” about UGA, D’Shaundra or you would not be up at 8:31 on a Sunday morning commenting on an UGA blog. Do any of my other true UGA fans out there think it oxymoronic that all these “fans” of other teams consistently come on these UGA blogs with their nonsensical comments? Or, is it just plain asinine? Congrats to ALL DAWG sports this season and continue to work hard for future seasons. Thanks Chip for the updates on these sports that get little or no media attention. GO DAWGS!!!


May 23rd, 2010
10:25 am

Infiltrate, obfuscate, dominate and alienate, that’s the way it works. Baking the cookies of discontent. Kind of like the current policy of community organizing. They’re jealous of our history of success would like for us to share or football wealth or at least fractionalize or marginalize us. That $h1t don’t float too good here on the Dawg blogs though. We don’t hold with that backyard talk.

jesse james

May 23rd, 2010
10:41 am

D’Shaundra, you must have gotten kicked out of one of the parties or the boys must not have paid you any attention.

Happy DAWG

May 23rd, 2010
11:05 am

Thanks for covering these “minor” sports. I always enjoy anything about UGA athletics, and Jesse James is right, Vince Dooley does not receive enough credit for building the athletic department to what it is today. He had an excellent tutor in Joel Eaves, the man who really made the athletic department into the foundation that Vince built on. Without Vince Dooley’s guidance, Damon Evans would not be where he is today. He was groomed by Vince, because in him Vince saw the potential. In short, we DAWGS are fortunate to have success on so many fronts in athletics. May not win NC’s every year in high enough numbers, but always some are brought home by some sport.
Could you guess that I am a proud alum? Really glad to be a DAWG!
Thanks again for covering the minor sports, Tim.


May 23rd, 2010
11:07 am

Congrats to the U of Florida Gators…2010 SEC Baseball Champions.


May 23rd, 2010
11:08 am

Thank God baseball is over!!!! This will go down as the worst team in SEC history. They were pitiful.


May 23rd, 2010
11:58 am

Worse than the UF team a few years back that started the season ranked #1, then failed to even make the conference tourney?

UGA 79

May 23rd, 2010
12:12 pm

I think our softball team is the best team we have, as we are weak in football, suck in basketball and our men’s baseball team is a laugher. Go lady dawgs. Sickem!


May 23rd, 2010
12:21 pm

If Vaughter’s is wanting a good education, UGA is out! It will be Stanford or GT, as UGA is pathetic in academics, but leads the nation in overated football teams and underachievers. Also, your # 1 with obnoxious redneck fans. Congratulations! Great softball team though. Go lady mutts! LMFAO!

jesse james

May 23rd, 2010
12:26 pm

You know Dawghater, If I remember correctly Billy Payne got a pretty good education at UGA and if I also remember correctly Ga Tech prospered off the Olympics. Billy Payne was very instrumental in Atlanta getting the Olympics.


May 23rd, 2010
12:35 pm

You are a complete tool if you care if you are the 1st!, 2nd!, 3rd!, etc. to submit a comment. Get a life, nerds.

Are you kidding me?

May 23rd, 2010
1:00 pm

A girl (I guess, you never know these days) named “D’Shaundra” calling UGA students thugs?? That’s probably the funniest thing I’ve ever read on here, and I’ve been reading a while. Let me guess; you’re a dedicated student at one of the following: Valdosta State, Georgia State, or GCSU. Am I right?? Of course not, you probably weren’t admitted to any college. Well, have a good day, I’ll see you around 2:00 when I stop by McDonald’s for lunch.

Big Al

May 23rd, 2010
1:14 pm

Russell Henley is the man. Can’t wait to watch him on the PGA Tour.

Iraq Dawg....Hooah

May 23rd, 2010
1:15 pm

I guess when their are no Tech blogs daily they have to come on UGA blogs and vent their frustations. Poor Techies. Hating is hard work evening for you Tech nerds


May 23rd, 2010
1:31 pm

Why is there nothing about the girls softball team playing hosting the ncaa regionals? Aren’t they one game away from heading to the super regionals? Wait I can’t tell because I don’t see any infomation about it.


May 23rd, 2010
2:25 pm

Hey DeShaundra, where did you go to college? I’ll put UGA’s academic and athletic achievment record against any school in the southeast.


May 23rd, 2010
2:32 pm

Dawghater, get a life. UGA is a fantastic school and highly rated in several of its schools. If you want a well-rounded college experience UGA is a much better choice than Tech. If you want to spend hours memorizing equations so that you can compete with other geeks, go to Tech. They really are about two different views of life, speaking of which, you should get one & quit the hate.

Dawg Tired

May 23rd, 2010
3:17 pm

Dawghater needs to learn to read. UGA is a very highly rated university by all the folks who research such things. My guess is Dawghater has not graduated from any institution of higher learning. I seriously doubt anyone demonstrating his level of ignorance could be admitted to either UGA or Tech. Maybe a community college, but nothing else. Pretty sad when you think about it.


May 23rd, 2010
3:27 pm

Bama is seeded #1 in the softball tournament and advanced easily.


May 23rd, 2010
3:36 pm

2 class acts involved in the finals today… John Roddick (mighty fine Dawg, and now a proven coach) and Manny Diaz (one of the best of all time – player and coach). As a true fan of all sports, I’m anxious to see who’s day it really is. But, of course, I’m pulling for UGA all the way.

DeShaundra just wants to see her name in the blogs… she at least knows how the game works. Say something bad about a team in a sports blog, and you’ll get to read all of the remarks about your comments… especially if they’re totally immature and moronic.

ViningsDawg 11:08 am
Thank God baseball is over!!!! This will go down as the worst team in SEC history. They were pitiful.
——- WOW! Isn’t it funny how some fans refer to their teams’ accomplishments as “we” if their winning, but if the team lets them down, it’s “they” who did so poorly. I’m not trying to bash you personally, Vinings… just using your comment as an example of unreal expectations. “We” get so many great seasons from so many great UGA teams -often on a yearly basis- they we can’t seem to get over they fact some seasons aren’t as great as others. I’m proud of all UGA teams,.. All of the time… win lose or draw – GO DAWGS! WOOF-WOOF… BEAT OK!


May 23rd, 2010
4:19 pm

“We” sucked . Foot fault!


May 23rd, 2010
4:59 pm

This season in baseball – lost all of those MLB draftees (in all 8, I think), then our 2nd baseman. Mentally, this team was in the doldrums. All position players were FR and So. however. Next year we lose some pitching, so we may not be alot better – but in 2012 – watch out!


May 23rd, 2010
5:54 pm

Hey “Me”, why don’t you go flame at You are an idiot to come on to UGA’s blogs and talk your Gatoerstuff. Dude! Take the hint…everyone just laughs at you.


May 23rd, 2010
6:05 pm

What is the matter with our UGA teams? – time to take off the blinders folks. I’ll go down the list:

Baseball :16-37, terrible pitching this year
Gymnastics: 13-8, did not qualify for NCAA after winning 5 straight
Mens Golf: Did Not Qualify for NCAA after going 12 straight years
W. Golf: Did not qualify for NCAAs, not nearly as good as years past
W. Tennis: 7-4 lost in 2nd round
W. Basketball: lost by 37 points to Stanford at NCAA
Soccer not good, then coach quits
Volleyball 8-12, not getting any better
Football Ranked outside of top 25 most of year, worst year in Richt era
Swimming, Track, Softball, M.Tennis -average but not great
Thank God for Equestrian, another National Championship

Not a good year at all, hopefully will be better next.


May 23rd, 2010
6:38 pm

What the hell does “take off the blinders” off mean? what is your point Bill?


May 23rd, 2010
8:45 pm

Georgia Sotfball: Advances to Super Regionals for the third consecutive year.

Georgia Tennis: Advances to Final 4 yet again.

Both of these teams are consistent winners.



May 23rd, 2010
10:46 pm

AltamahaDawg – take off the blinders means we need to face the facts – not a good year by past Georgia standards. I want it to change more than anyone but to continue to write how great we are on this blog when in reality we are about 25th in the Sears Cup does not make us look intelligent. It’s great to be a fan but don’t be blind.

james T. Kirk

May 24th, 2010
10:54 am

who cares. The only good teams are UGA are the chick ones


May 26th, 2010
10:51 am

Definitely a down year by Georgia standards, but still #2 in the SEC All Sports Trophy standings. Just imagine once everything (to include basketball) starts clicking on all cylinders again. Watch oy everyone — a force to be reckoned with in all sports at all levels of competition.