Rewind: Gritty Bulldogs hanging tough, take 2 of 3 from Tennessee

MONDAY MORNING REWIND

The “Monday Morning Rewind” will be coming to you for the rest of spring semester. It’s designed to give you a recap of what happened with UGA athletics over the weekend and a look ahead at the coming week. Hope you find it useful.

Gritty.

That’s the best one-word description I can come up with for Georgia’s baseball team, which took two of three games from Tennessee up on Rocky Top this past weekend. The Bulldogs clinched the series with a 5-3 win on Sunday, thanks to a four-RBI afternoon from shortstop Kyle Farmer. They came close to pulling off the sweep but lost 5-4 Friday night in 10 innings.

Farmer

Farmer

The weekend was typical for the Bulldogs (21-20, 11-7 SEC) in that they played tight, hard-fought games that could have gone either way. In six SEC series so far the average margin per contest, win or lose, is 2.94 runs. They’ve won four of those series.

“We did it the hard way here, losing an extra-inning game on Friday and then coming back to win the series with good wins Saturday and today,” Georgia coach David Perno said in Knoxville. “Kyle had another big day for us and the bullpen was outstanding.”

Georgia relievers pitched seven shut-out innings.

Too bad Georgia doesn’t play in the Western Division. The Bulldogs would be leading that half of the league. Instead, they find themselves in fourth place in the East looking up at Florida, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, all 14-4 and all ranked in the Top 5 nationally.

That’s the bad news. The good news is the going should get a little easier. The Dogs play West teams each of the next two weekends, starting with Arkansas on Friday in Athens. The Razorbacks (28-11, 9-9) were ranked in the Top 25 recently but dropped two of three at Kentucky (19-22, 4-14) over the weekend. The Wildcats also remain on the schedule. Georgia will wrap up the season against top-ranked Vanderbilt May 19-21 in Athens.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ work is coming against the No. 1 schedule in the nation, hence a relatively lofty RPI of 21. UGA baseball SID Christopher Lakos was telling me Georgia has more wins over ranked teams (10) and has played more ranked opponents (23) than any SEC team.

Speaking of . . .

Spring Baseball Classic

You can bet the Diamond Dogs won’t be looking past its midweek contest. They take on Georgia Tech on Tuesday night at Turner Field in the ninth annual “Spring Baseball Classic for Kids.” The ninth-ranked Yellow Jackets (30-11) will be looking to sweep the season series. Tech won 15-6 March 22 in Athens and 5-3 April 12 in Atlanta. Georgia is 6-2 against the Jackets at Turner Field.

The Spring Classic has raised more than $200,000 annually for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and its Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Program, according to UGA Sports Communications.

Double fault

Perhaps they should have waited to give Georgia its trophy.

At least that’s my conclusion after seeing the storied men’s tennis team unceremoniously bounced by Kentucky in the SEC Tennis Tournament in Gainesville, Fla., over the weekend. The Bulldogs were presented their trophy for winning the regular-season championship — their 33rd, believe it or not — just before taking on the Wildcats. UK proceeded to wax the Dogs 4-0. Georgia also lost to Tennessee in the regular-season finale in Athens and therefore had to split the regular-season title with the Vols. So coach Diaz’s Dogs are kind of stumbling into the postseason. As are the Lady Dogs. No. 9 Georgia lost to No. 14 Tennessee 4-1 on Saturday, also in the semis of the SEC tourney.

Coming up this week

  • Tuesday — Baseball vs. Georgia Tech at Turner Field, 7 p.m. (CSS)
  • Wednesday — Softball vs. Kennesaw State, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday — Track & field at Drake Relays, Des Moines, Iowa
  • Friday-Sunday — Baseball vs. Arkansas; softball at Auburn

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50 comments Add your comment

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April 25th, 2011
6:10 am

dawgerbrown

April 25th, 2011
6:12 am

Thanks for the “Rewind”. Enjoy catching up on all the UGA sports.

All in the Family

April 25th, 2011
7:19 am

Dave Perno = Andy Landers = Jay Clark = Mike Bobo = Mark Fox = Marrk Richt = CHOKE ARTIST.

suwaneedawg

April 25th, 2011
7:34 am

All in the Family, stick to tech sports. Home of champions.

More than any other SEC school

April 25th, 2011
7:55 am

doggy

April 25th, 2011
8:17 am

Love the baseball update. I always have to go to other sites to get stories on UGA baseball. Question: will uga make the sec tournament?

Buckeye

April 25th, 2011
8:20 am

Vandy rules SEC Baseball.

Bulldawg Richie

April 25th, 2011
8:25 am

Good article Chip. It’s nice to get a recap on all things UGA.

UGASlobberknocker

April 25th, 2011
8:25 am

Chip, glad to see you on the blog..I love your work, Also like to hear you on 680 the Fan,,are you going to continue that ?

Can you give us an update on the golf teams? when are the NCAA’s? Also , how did the the softball ladies do?

I have great respect fo Tim Tucker, dating back to his days as the outstanding Braves beat writer in the 80’s. He did a great job in this blog as well. What is he doing now? Thanks and keep up the great work.

UGASlobberknocker

April 25th, 2011
8:27 am

@Doggy, the Dawgs are a lock for the SEC tourney. And it has happened in the past that team #9 in the SEC who didnt make the SEC tourney still made the NCAA’s. We wont have to worry about that though.

Frank Lane

April 25th, 2011
8:37 am

Excellent new feature. Very important to know what is going on in other sports.

Vdawg

April 25th, 2011
9:01 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CHIP!!! IT IS CHIP BIRTHDAY TODAY!!!

UGASlobberknocker

April 25th, 2011
9:05 am

Chip is 39? again?

AltamahaDawg

April 25th, 2011
9:13 am

Interesting that the tech fans know the names of every single coach at the University of Georgia by heart. I wonder why that is? I can name one coach at tech and I have to stop and think to get that right..

Jborodawg

April 25th, 2011
9:22 am

Thanks, Chip. Great to get updates on ALL UGA sports, for a change.

AltamahaDawg…good one! LOL

JAWJeRDAWG

April 25th, 2011
9:47 am

Nice to get the UGA weekend athletic updates, Chip. Hope the Diamond Dawgs can continue this level of winning play. Go Dawgs!

Tard Dawg

April 25th, 2011
9:48 am

College baseball is irrelevant.

RxDawg

April 25th, 2011
10:01 am

Thanks Chip, as always.

Off topic question: Anyone know what happend to Tony Barnhardt? aka Mr. College Football? It looks like his blog link has been wiped from the AJC site…which probably means we won’t get to enjoy his articles anymore. Can anyone comfirm?

spider

April 25th, 2011
10:04 am

tard, pro sports on irrelevant, not college baseball

Matthews Dawg

April 25th, 2011
10:13 am

Tard Dawg…..some of us like getting college baseball news! Thanks Chip and Happy Birthday!

UGABugKiller

April 25th, 2011
10:15 am

RxDawg, Barnyard is exclusive with cbssports.com now. This way, he’ll be writing about the SEC nationally.

Pago Pago DAWG

April 25th, 2011
10:29 am

Nice to get an update on ALL Dawg sports.

D A DoubleU G

April 25th, 2011
10:46 am

Cannot tell you how happy I am to have Chip doing the UGA beat blog.

Tim Tucker was good, but Chip is class A for local sports coverage. As a UGA alum, you can feel his knowledge and passion in his writing.

Keep up the great work Chip, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

GO DAWGS!!!

There have to be some nervous coaches over at my alma mater

April 25th, 2011
10:50 am

UGA class of 71 & &3 here. Andy Landers, the Lady Gym Dogs coach, the Diamond Dogs Coach Perno, and maybe one or tow more need to be fired. Pernos keeps his job if he can move UGA up in the SEC, ………….maybe.

Go Dogs.

PS CMR too is on the hot seat. He should be after the last two years. Enough is enough. He needs to win 10 and including a win over Florida and compete to the very end for the SEC East title, mimimally.

They have all gotten complacent. McGarity will shake it up. UGA man he is.

coondawg69

April 25th, 2011
10:58 am

Jackets are going to have to pick it up if they are to earn a national seed. I hope they are a #7 seed and host… say…. an Athens Regional for the Super Regional. it will be good for Business!!

UGASlobberknocker

April 25th, 2011
11:26 am

I hope Tech and Ga meet in the regional..because in that scenario, Ga always wins. It doesnt matter what the location is and it doesnt matter how the season series went..when we get Tech in the NCAA, we wipe the floor with them. Thats just a fact.

Chip Towers

April 25th, 2011
12:41 pm

UGASlobberknocker: Not often I get golf queries, but glad you asked. Men’s team finished a disappointing fourth in the SEC championships down at St. Simons weekend before last. NCAA Regionals aren’t ’til May 19. . . . Regardless of what happens this year, future seems to be in good hands for Chris Haack’s squad. I played in the UGA Golf Teams Invitational last Wednesday with a freshman named Keith Mitchell. This kid, who competed in only two tournaments this season, could flat out mash a golf ball. Drove it consistently in the 350 range in the fairway all day. Just got fitted with a new driver and couldn’t miss. Quality young man from Chattanooga. . . .

Women’s team very disappointed with 8th-place finish at SECs in Auburn couple weeks ago. But they have nation’s No. 1 player in Marta Silva Zamora. She finished second individually at SECs, one stroke off lead. She’ll be a great pro. Had a pic taken with her last week that I’ll post sometime soon on AJC’s UGA Facebook page.

supsalemgr

April 25th, 2011
1:37 pm

Tony Barnhart has signed on with CBSSports.com. His articles are there and still very good.

bulldogsteve

April 25th, 2011
2:17 pm

You can’t beat college baseball. In fact you can’t beat college sports. The enthusiasm, the college atmosphere cannot be beat. I have access to free Braves tickets anytime I want them, but always pass on them to go to UGA games. You are right slobberknocker, we own Tech in regionals and super regionals. Midweek games are just to get the younger pitchers and players some innings. I would love for UGA to end up in a Tech regional or super regional.

RxDawg

April 25th, 2011
2:31 pm

Well dang… I figured he was leaving the AJC soon, just was looking forward to it. I find it just easire to come over and read and comment than other sites. Oh well, time for Chip to fill his shoes! No pressure ;)

RxDawg

April 25th, 2011
2:32 pm

that’s just wasn’t* looking forward to it.

RxDawg

April 25th, 2011
2:32 pm

…. and easier* geesh I better stop typing out stuff.

Jubal

April 25th, 2011
3:39 pm

I’m trying to remember how the dawgtards have done against Georgia Tech in baseball.

Oh wait, it’s five in a row for Tech.

Talk about a bitchslap! :-)

RxDawg

April 25th, 2011
4:09 pm

lol, ok Jubal. Then what does 9 wins in 10 years earn?

Team Dream

April 25th, 2011
4:30 pm

“Oh yeah, well my big brother can beat up your big brother!”

This is the intelligence level of comments from doggies across the land, so I figured I’d respond in kind. Happy Monday children … hope you found lots of easter eggs yesterday in mommy’s new outfit for you.

@Jubal Thats Mr. Dawgtard to you.

April 25th, 2011
4:38 pm

When the going gets tough, Techies run. I promise Jubal that if he were in a room of Dawg fans and called any one of them a dawgtard to their face, Jubal would wake up in the hospital.

Jubal is the pencil necked geek who flips you off in his car knowing if you caught him, youd kill him.

cadawg

April 25th, 2011
4:57 pm

good stuff, chip. glad you’re on the UGA beat.

wheresmycrackpipe?

April 25th, 2011
5:08 pm

how’s tech tickle pile team doing this year? ranked?

Timmy Dog

April 25th, 2011
5:17 pm

Unfortunately Tech has already won the season series with us by taking the first 2. How is a team 1 game over .500 gritty? Come on Chips, stop blowing sunshine up our fannies. Perno will not be in or should not be in our future in Athens.

Upstate Dawg

April 25th, 2011
6:22 pm

Nice article wrapping up some of the weekend’s events. Timmy Dog, did you read the article?

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ work is coming against the No. 1 schedule in the nation, hence a relatively lofty RPI of 21. UGA baseball SID Christopher Lakos was telling me Georgia has more wins over ranked teams (10) and has played more ranked opponents (23) than any SEC team.

Sounds pretty gritty to me. Beat Tech again at the Ted. Go Dawgs!

Ga Dawg

April 25th, 2011
6:32 pm

Dawgs are #17 in Warren Nolan’s RPI with the #1 SOS

If they finish with a winning record they will be a #2 seed in some regional.

Great turnaround from the debacle a year ago

coondawg69

April 25th, 2011
6:59 pm

Yes, Tech followers…. Tech’s baseball program is vastly superior to Georgia’s baseball program. A lot more MLB talent, a lot more post season invites, more weeks being ranked, etc.

The 2 stats that seem kind of skewed: Trips to Omaha and national championships. That, as they say, is no contest.

TimmyDog, I hope you are wrong, because if you are not, then that means UGA baseball did not win enough. Interesting point: 6 trips to Omaha- and Perno was on 5 of those teams. Is it a fluke? Maybe. We shall see.

Nick

April 25th, 2011
9:56 pm

@Timmy Dog:

Look at how tough the schedule has been Coach Perno has done a great job over the past few weeks with this team. Hopefully the Dawgs will keep it going, do good in Hoover, and make some tourney noise!

SimpleDawg

April 26th, 2011
8:23 am

Perno is going nowhere.

College baseball success can be a fleeting thing if a couple hot prospects go Pro, or get injured. Perno’s overall track record is very good – especially at a school that has not traditionally been regarded as a Baseball School.

Comments from Techmites….irrelevant.

Worm

April 26th, 2011
9:31 am

Andy in WR

April 26th, 2011
10:00 am

Good-A quiet weekend–Did all of Athens finest take Easter weekend off or just decided scooter tickets aren’t worth it?

UGA–scooter tickets
Auburn–armed robbery
FL–laptop thieves/credit card fraud
UT–put a policeman into a coma
oh yeah we are the Fulmer cup champs my butt

Andy in WR

April 26th, 2011
10:02 am

altamaha–good to see you on!! I miss the old blogs with
Buck RIP
Cuz
you
the Chan’s the man club, etc.

Andy in WR

April 26th, 2011
10:10 am

add to UF illegal drug possession

Tom

April 26th, 2011
3:00 pm

Ok, where’s Chip’s blog (”No Comments Allowed”, of course!) with the Justin Houston failed drug test news?

Chip Towers

April 26th, 2011
6:53 pm

Tom: It’s up now. Comments allowed (for now).