What you might have missed over the weekend, starting with an SEC title…
Our Monday morning review of what you might have missed over the weekend in Bulldog Nation:
- Men’s tennis: The Bulldogs clinched at least a share of their 26th regular-season SEC championship –- and fourth in six years — by beating South Carolina 7-0 in Athens on Sunday. No. 7-ranked Georgia (19-3, 10-0 SEC) plays for the outright SEC championship against No. 4 Tennessee (19-3, 9-1 SEC) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Said coach Manuel Diaz after the victory over the Gamecocks:
“Winning the SEC regular season title was the first goal on our list of things we wanted to achieve this year. We’ve assured ourselves of that first goal, and it’s always a very tough thing to do. You have to play a lot of great teams on the road, but our guys have gotten tougher in the difficult moments that define a competition. They’ve won a lot of close matches and deserve to be SEC champions.”
- Baseball: Georgia won its third consecutive SEC series by taking two of three games at Ole Miss. The Bulldogs won 9-8 on Friday and 8-3 on Saturday before losing the series finale 12-7 on Sunday. A highlight of the series: UGA pitcher Michael Palazzone threw the first nine-inning complete game of his college career in Saturday’s victory. Sunday’s loss snapped a seven-game Georgia winning streak. The Bulldogs play at Georgia Tech on Tuesday night in a game that will be televised by CSS.
- Softball: No. 2-ranked Georgia swept a three-game series from No. 18 Kentucky in Athens, winning 6-1 on Friday, 8-3 on Saturday and 9-1 on Sunday. Senior Alisa Goler hit two home runs on Friday. Georgia is 35-6 overall, 11-5 in the SEC.
- Women’s tennis: Georgia won 4-3 at South Carolina on Sunday, rallying to win four singles matches after dropping the doubles point. Freshman Lilly Kimbell clinched the victory with a 6-7, 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 4. The Bulldogs are 15-2 (9-1 SEC).
- Track and field: Georgia’s teams combined to win 16 events during the two-day Spec Towns National Team Invitational in Athens. Junior Colleen Felix won the javelin with a career-best mark (153 feet, 10 inches) and the triple jump with the second best leap in school history and the longest in the nation this year (44 feet, 6 ¾ inches).
- Football: Georgia held a closed scrimmage in Sanford Stadium on Saturday, during which offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant suffered a torn ACL for the third time. Click here for more on Sturdivant’s injury and here and here for more on the scrimmage.
– Tim Tucker, AJC