Rewind: Diamond Dogs drop two but slip into SEC Tournament

MONDAY MORNING REWIND:

It was a weekend of good news and bad news for the Georgia baseball team. The bad news is it lost two-of-three to Kentucky and watched its ace pitcher get rocked for the second consecutive week. The good news is the Bulldogs managed to pull out a hard-fought 7-6 win on Sunday and qualified for the SEC Tournament in the process.

The berth into the eight-team conference tournament was especially critical, for it is now Georgia’s only realistic path into postseason play. The Bulldogs are 26-26 overall with four regular-season games to play. They still have a relatively strong RPI — No. 25, according to Monday morning’s projections — but have to finish at least a game above .500 to be considered by the NCAA selection committee. Now at least there is always the chance of getting on a roll in Hoover.

“I’m very proud of the team, I’ve never felt better about winning just one game in a series, but we had to have this one for a lot of reasons including clinching a spot in the SEC Tournament,” Georgia coach David Perno said. “Now, we have to have a winning week to finish the regular season and get some momentum going to the SEC Tournament and have a chance to keep playing further in the postseason.”

That’s not going to be easy. After playing host to Kennesaw State (30-21) — a team that beat UGA 12-8 back on March 16 — on Tuesday, No. 1-ranked Vanderbilt (42-8, 20-7 SEC) comes to town for the final three regular-season games Thursday-Friday.

One primary concern for the Bulldogs heading into the final week is the sudden vulnerability of staff ace Michael Palazzone. Palazzone had been the block of granite in the middle of Georgia’s weekend rotation all season, going 6-0 in SEC play as the Bulldogs’ Saturday starter. But the right-hander lost his last two games and was rocked in his latest outing. He gave up 15 hits and 11 earned runs in 5.1 innings in a 12-5 loss to Kentucky.

Tennis teams advance in NCAAs

The men’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA Tournament’s Round of 16 for the millionth time. OK, maybe 1 million is a slight exaggeration, but the Bulldogs’ record of success in the national tournament is pretty staggering.

To be exact, it was a  eighth time in a row a Georgia has gotten three rounds deep in the NCAA Championships. What makes it particularly impressive this year is the Bulldogs weren’t coming in with one of their typical juggernaut teams. Seven newcomers were added to this year’s team, led by veterans Drake Bernstein and Javier Garrapiz.

The women’s tennis also back in the round of 16 after 4-0 victory over Alabama on Sunday after falling short last season. The No. 8 Bulldogs are in their 25th straight NCAA Championships and are  now 60-22 all-time in the tournament.

Women’s softball

Coach Lu Harris-Champer’s softball team played very well in the SEC tournament. After struggling toward the end of the regular-season, the Bulldogs reached the championship game of the SEC Tournament in Oxford, Miss., before falling to Tennessee 6-5 on an walk-off, solo home run. Georgia had led 4-0 in the fourth inning.

As a result of its run in the tourney, the sixth-seeded Bulldogs (47-12) will host Georgia State, FSU and UAB as the top seed in an NCAA regional this weekend. It’s Georgia’s 10th consecutive berth and it has made the final four of the College World Series each of the last two seasons.

Dogs good hosts of SEC Track & Field

Georgia had an impressive showing in the SEC Track & Field Outdoor Championships, which it hosted for the first time since 1999. The men’s team finished third and the women’s team fourth.

Highlighting the weekend was Matt Cleaver’s victory in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Cleaver, who I profiled last week, became Georgia’s first conference champion in that event.

On Sunday, the Lady Bulldogs got a surprising win from sophomore Maria Augustis in the triple jump. Juniors Nikola Lomnicka (women’s hammer) and Brian Moore (javelin) were also crowned conference champions for Gerogia.

The Bulldog men finished third with 99 points behind Arkansas (157.50) and Florida (140). The Lady Bulldogs, with 94 points, finished behind LSU (146). Florida (116) and Arkansas (107).

“It was a long four days, but a great four days,” UGA head track coach Wayne Norton said. “We had some people that did very well the first day, so that got us going. We didn’t finish where we wanted to, but we’re happy we finished.”

Go HERE for comprehensive coverage of the meet.

Courson’s staff saves life of track coach

The true highlight of the SEC track meet was the life-saving effort of UGA’s training staff. The emergency response of director of sports medicine Ron Courson’s crew is credited for saving the life of Mississippi State track coach Al Schmidt, who collapsed in cardiac arrest late in the afternoon on the first day of the meet. You can read all the details HERE.

Etc. . . .

I’m working on a piece on UGA golfer Marta Silva Zamora. The vivacious Spaniard is currently the No. 1-ranked college player in women’s golf. . . . I also hope to be sitting down with Travis Mays soon. He’s the former Texas Longhorns and NBA basketball star who last week joined Lady Bulldogs’ coaching staff. . . . Don’t worry, lots of football coverage coming.

53 comments Add your comment

51WTGW50

May 16th, 2011
11:38 am

51WTGW50

May 16th, 2011
11:40 am

Maybe the Dawgs should invite Charlie Sheen to practice. It Helped Tech win a few games in a row earlier this season.

McDawg

May 16th, 2011
11:43 am

so whats the deal with grades????

no news is good news??? or wait and see???

DawginLex

May 16th, 2011
11:44 am

agreed McDawg,

would love an update on grades for King and Harmon

would love an update on Jenkins and Crowell and their eligibility.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 16th, 2011
11:48 am

The former Hawk Travis Mays? Wow that is a blast from the past!

Top Row Dog

May 16th, 2011
11:53 am

Come on Perno’s pups.

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Chip Towers

May 16th, 2011
12:32 pm

DawginLex, McDawg: Nothing to update right now.

McDawg

May 16th, 2011
12:42 pm

oh yeah congrats to the tennis, baseball, and track teams

BYRDDAWG

May 16th, 2011
12:45 pm

Come on Diamond Dawgs!!!!!

THE Dixie Redcoat Band

May 16th, 2011
1:07 pm

So what’s a “walk-off double”?

Beast from the East

May 16th, 2011
1:22 pm

The East is nothing short of BRUTAL this year in baseball. Us Gators will be pulling for the Dawgs against Vandy this weekend. Best of luck!

UGA Insider

May 16th, 2011
1:40 pm

The rumors on Jenkins are crap! He is already in Athens and set to enroll summer semester. He is actively working out and doing drills with Coach T probably as I type this.

On King and Harmon I think they are ineligible. Just like with Washaun, no one is talking so that tells me everything I need to know.

As far as Crowell I have no idea. CMR has had so much bad luck of late it wouldn’t surprise me if he were headed to Georgia Military. If your counting at home that leaves us with an often injured redshirt freshman and a guy who is 160-lbs with pads on soaking wet.

DawginLex

May 16th, 2011
1:55 pm

Can Jenkins line up at running back? He played fullback in high school.

Put figgins at fullback and Jenkins at RB. That would be 610 pounds in the back field.

Not much break away speed but we shouldn’t miss any blocks. And there would be some memorable 3 yard runs for the defense.

:) :) :)

McDawg

May 16th, 2011
2:48 pm

so no news is bad news

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 16th, 2011
2:52 pm

This is getting a litltle uncomfortable here. I am beginning to agree, no news is bad news. The grades at this point seemingly have be released. Are they coming up with a plan for King before this goes public?

McDawg

May 16th, 2011
3:06 pm

damage control

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 16th, 2011
3:09 pm

This is what it would seem. No new blogs also since early this morning? Seems like the writers are preparing to break this is full. This may not be a good day.

McDawg

May 16th, 2011
3:14 pm

i thought one of the purposes in red-shirting was to take care of academics

Lowcountry Bulldawg

May 16th, 2011
3:17 pm

At this point your right, King is a 5th year rising Senior so he should be graduating, not having this loom over his head.

Rabun Dawg

May 16th, 2011
3:31 pm

Not sure CMR cares whether or not we have a running game. Seems as though we “chunk” it most of the time anyway. However, if we are left with only a redshirt frosh and Carlton Thomas as our only options in the running game, we may be in for a “world of hurt”. Surely someone saw all of this coming down , if it is true with regards to King and Crowell. Add to that Ealey gone, oh my! Maybe bring Richard Samuel back to the backfield. He is still around, isn’t he?

404

May 16th, 2011
3:37 pm

Its so quiet in Athens you can hear a pin drop.

The much-anticipated news on the release of grades & academic standing
for King, Crowell and Jenkins is still pending.

Reporters are probably waiting for the 5:00 drive-time hour so they can relase the info that both Crowell and Jenkins qualified.

Then, UGA fans will once again react with the usual Messiah-type hysteria over yet
another academcially marginal RB clearing the rock-bottom rung of educational hurdles. .

If King doesnt make it, it will be bad fo UGA. Bad PR when your previous Messiah-type 5th Year Senior RB flunks out.

It will be REALLY bad if Jenkins cant handle Mississippi Gulf Costs Community College for the Illiterate. (Is this why UGA is suddenly pursuing another JUCO idiot for Defense)

It will be a first-class disaster if Crowell doesnt qualify.

Knowing the LONG history of academic fraud & corruption thats been so pervasive at UGA for some many decades, I frankly wont be shocked if Crowell & Jenkins make it. Theres just way too much at stake for UGA if Crowell and Jenkins dont make it. UGA desparately needs Crowell and Jenkins.

However, I wont be surprised at all if King doesnt make it.

So, I’m sure Michael Adams is busy doing “whatever he needs to do”
to keep the UGA “customers” happy.

404

May 16th, 2011
3:44 pm

Had to laugh at how disingenuous Richt was when he denounced over-recruiting and grey-shirting.

When you you offer a scholarship to a kid that you ALREADY KNOW wont qualify, and then send that kid to Georgia Military (Jessie Outlaw), or some other School for Georgia’s Illiterate Youth,
then thats the SAME THING as over-recruiting & grey-shirting.

I guess Richt will just have to just HIS method “Supply Management.”

DawginLex

May 16th, 2011
3:46 pm

UGA Insider

May 16th, 2011
1:40 pm
The rumors on Jenkins are crap! He is already in Athens and set to enroll summer semester. He is actively working out and doing drills with Coach T probably as I type this.

On King and Harmon I think they are ineligible. Just like with Washaun, no one is talking so that tells me everything I need to know.

As far as Crowell I have no idea. CMR has had so much bad luck of late it wouldn’t surprise me if he were headed to Georgia Military. If your counting at home that leaves us with an often injured redshirt freshman and a guy who is 160-lbs with pads on soaking wet.

****************************************************************

404,

Insider is usually right about UGA stuff. not so much on other teams dirty laundry but usually accurate about UGA.

I’d say at this point that the running backs will be:

Malcome
Thomas
Crowell

This does not bother me near as much as the offensive line. First team is good but depth is lacking. I’d say Jenkins is OK to play.

no Ealey and King

Malcome and Crowell for 4 years?

I can live with that.

AltamahaDawg

May 16th, 2011
3:57 pm

I’d say no news is just no news. Not to say that the guys arent aware of the rumors than need to be informally snuffed out, but there is not “news” to report if something just turned out to be idle chatter. They typically do not report specific grades when they come out do they. Again I understand the reality, especially since King’s, Harmon’s last official status was ” held out for academic reasons”.

Seems to me that if there was bad news it travels pretty quick. I half expected to see something late last night.

AltamahaDawg

May 16th, 2011
4:01 pm

Insider also told us that Boykin and (somebody else, can’t remember) we definitely going to declare early for the NFL draft tomorrow.

DawginLex

May 16th, 2011
4:04 pm

Ken S. on GT blog says Crowell qualified FWIW

bulldogsteve

May 16th, 2011
4:05 pm

Chip, are we 100% sure you have to be 1 game over .500 or just 500 to be eligible for regional play? I think .500 is realistic, but 1 game over is going to be tough. that means we would have to beat KSU and 2 out of 3 against Vandy. Then win at least 1 in Hoover. If we don’t win 2 out of 3 against Vandy, then we would have to win 3 in Hoover. We need a sellout crowd Thursday night.

AltamahaDawg

May 16th, 2011
4:12 pm

There’s a GT blog?

405

May 16th, 2011
4:42 pm

Who is Jessie Outlaw?

404

May 16th, 2011
4:53 pm

Make that: Lonnie Outlaw.

404

May 16th, 2011
5:00 pm

Read for yourselves how UGA offers a scholarship to a kid that UGA already knows doesnt qualify.

And so, Richt sends Outlaw to GMC for 2 full years.

So, this kid supposedly “graduates” from a high school in this hilly-billy state,
and still needs 2 full years at GMC for remedical learning ??

So much for St. Richt’s credibility.

LINK: http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2010/02/03/georgia-adds-late-signee-in-wr-lonnie-outlaw/?cxntfid=blogs_recruiting

DawginLex

May 16th, 2011
5:05 pm

404,

what is your point?

We know you hate Georgia. We know you hate Richt.

You are a dam fool if you believe that bringing 30 kids into summer camp for 20 spots like Saban does equates to what Richt did with Outlaw. Richt offered Outlaw a scholarship that he would have honored if he had qualified.

Big difference. Only you can’t see it through your hateraid washing down your crap sandwich.

Not since 1980

May 16th, 2011
5:20 pm

DawginLex

Why are you talking football on a softball blog?

Leave now.

DAWG07

May 16th, 2011
5:28 pm

Not the same. Not turning a kid away that qualifies compared to turning one away that does qualify.

MS. Bully

May 16th, 2011
5:39 pm

Great job on saving Coach Schmidt’s life.

jasont13

May 16th, 2011
6:00 pm

Funny, Saban did the same thing to Shannon Brown who everyone knew was going to have to go to a JUCO. 404, who is your team? I guarntee they have recrutied and signed juco kids.

AltamahaDawg

May 16th, 2011
8:03 pm

How in the heck is offering to sign a kid (when) he gets his qualifying in order remotely close to the same thing as intentionally offering scholarship to more kids than you have spots for…. One seems admirable, the other questionable at best. I believe Richt “credibility” as far as fair recruiting standards is fine . Your credibility however…………

Dawg tired

May 16th, 2011
9:43 pm

Does Bama ever have a player not make their grades? Half my neighborhood kids also go to Bama now that can’t get into uga, gt, and au. This thread got me thinking not only is half of atl kids go to bama they also never have an issue getting players to stay eligible, hmmmm

DawginLex

May 16th, 2011
11:20 pm

Not since 1980,

One of your TROLL brethren brought up the comparison between Saban’s obvious blatant oversigning and Richt signing a kid who ended up at JUCO where Richt fully intended to honor the scholly.

big difference.

I own these blogs. I leave when I say so. You are a TROLL and you are not welcome.

Get out.

Bawbie

May 17th, 2011
9:24 am

Fire Dave Perno!

Not since 1980

May 17th, 2011
9:45 am

“I own these blogs. I leave when I say so. You are a TROLL and you are not welcome.”

So you’re either an idiot or a COX board member. My guess is you’re an idiot.

Trailer Trash 2.0

May 17th, 2011
9:47 am

DawginLex doesn’t even own his trailer let alone this blog.

DawginLex

May 17th, 2011
9:55 am

Hey Trailer Trash,

Your blog handle implies where you live. In a house on wheels.

I live in a house that has no wheels or blocks keeping it in place.

I guess you do have the advantage of being able to take your house with you to road games so you do have that going for you.

Not since 1980, I own you in every way because you are a mental midget.

Bazooka Joe

May 17th, 2011
9:56 am

404- I’d learn how to spell before you go bashing others…. “remedical” ?

Trailer Trash 2.0

May 17th, 2011
10:04 am

“Your blog handle implies where you live. In a house on wheels.”

You’re not even bright enough to know that my blog handle is mocking you.

“I live in a house that has no wheels or blocks keeping it in place.”

Just because you were able to take the wheels off doesn’t mean your trailer is not a trailer.

“I guess you do have the advantage of being able to take your house with you to road games so you do have that going for you.”

I’m not a dawg fan, mutt.

Not since 1980

May 17th, 2011
10:06 am

“I own you in every way because you are a mental midget.”

Wow, you’re such a strong internet tough guy aren’t you. You claim to “own” the blog and have this penis envy mentality about you. The only thing you own is a prison record, Gump.

DawginLex

May 17th, 2011
10:13 am

Keep it up fat boys. Maybe you can form a band.

“Mental Midgets on Wheels”

You could open at Barney concerts.

congratulations.

DawginLex

May 17th, 2011
10:33 am

Business as Usual is all BS. No athletes ever graduate from UGA huh? Single out Lindsay Scott? You are a classless nerd. I’m sure you have copies of all the transcripts from the players in the early 1980’s?

SSDD. I’m sure whatever school you pull for is all world when it comes to never cheating and being holier than thou. Truth is that any NCAA football program in the top 50 talent wise has admitted players to school who were borderline academically. To say otherwise just shows your stupidity.

Chip Towers

May 17th, 2011
10:47 am

bulldogsteve: Yes.