Diamond Dogs get 3 seed, open NCAA Tournament in Oregon

David Perno has led Georgia to six of its 10 NCAA Tournament bids, including the one the Bulldogs received Monday. They'll play in Corvallis, Ore.

David Perno has led Georgia to six of its 10 NCAA Tournament bids, including the one the Bulldogs received Monday. They'll play in Corvallis, Ore.

Athens — The Georgia Bulldogs received an NCAA tournament bid as expected on Monday. That they’ll have to travel all the way across the country to play is but a minor hindrance.

After playing the nation’s most difficult schedule, the resilient Bulldogs (31-30) were rewarded with a three seed in the Corvallis, Ore., Regional during the Road to Omaha Selection Show on Monday. Georgia will open against No. 2 seed Creighton (44-14). Two-time national champion Oregon State (38-17) is the top seed and Arkansas-Little Rock (24-32) is No. 4.

The Bulldogs won three games — including two against Top 5 teams Florida and South Carolina — at the SEC Tournament in order to meet the selection committee’s criteria of finishing with an over-.500 record. There was some speculation that, with 16 wins over Top 25 teams and a No. 16 RPI, Georgia may get a 2 seed and play closer to home.

But Coach David Perno wasn’t complaining.

“Nah, I’m not disappointed at all,” said Perno, who has led the Dogs to six of their 10 NCAA tournament bids. “We’re excited to get back out to Oregon. Obviously Creighton is a good ballclub and we’ve played Oregon State a lot. It’s a good opportunity for our team and one we feel like we deserve.”

Georgia faced Oregon State in the 2006 College World Series, then played the Beavers in back-to-back, home-and-home series in 2007 and ‘08. Oregon State won national championships in ‘06 and ‘07.

The Bulldogs have the least wins of any at-large selection in the 2011 field but no one came close to playing as difficult a schedule. Georgia faced 34 Top 25 teams during the season and went 16-18 in those games.

Athletic Director Greg McGarity said last week Perno over-scheduled this season. Perno did not disagree.

“No doubt about it, this schedule was ridiculous,” he said. “If you look at the [strength of schedule] numbers, it’s not even close. I mean, we had to beat No. 1 and No. 3 just to get through the SEC Tournament. No doubt there was too much heat on that schedule. But if we don’t play it we may not be where we are today.”

Georgia also executed a 15-game turnaround over last season despite losing a starter and one of its best players to a career-ending injury in the 10th game of the season. Johnathan Taylor, who is now in a wheelchair after breaking his neck, was in attendance Saturday for the bid-clenching win over Florida on Saturday.

“South Carolina and Florida were two of the biggest wins we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Perno said. “It was an emotional day and pretty special to have JT there. It’s been a gut-wrenching season in a lot of ways, but these guys fought through and played some good ball. We’re feeling pretty good about everything.”

54 comments Add your comment

Matthews Dawg

May 30th, 2011
1:47 pm

First! Go Dawgs

JB

May 30th, 2011
1:48 pm

JB

May 30th, 2011
1:48 pm

Matthews Dawg

May 30th, 2011
1:48 pm

Now for the person who keeps saying “Fire David Perno” now needs to be quiet! Glad Dawgs are in regionals! Go Diamond Dawgs!!

Matthews Dawg

May 30th, 2011
1:49 pm

Sorry, JB….i was surprised myself!

Oregon?

May 30th, 2011
1:52 pm

Wow, thanks for rewarding us with a trip all across the country, NCAA. Is that what we get after playing the toughest schedule in the nation?

Joe

May 30th, 2011
1:52 pm

Underserved. Shouldn’t be there. Probably the 4th best team in the state.

Dent

May 30th, 2011
1:55 pm

Georgia Southern also is in the field of 64 playing South Carolina in Columbia on Friday.

Joe B.

May 30th, 2011
2:01 pm

Worst thing about this is that Perno will get to stick around another year. If Pallazone, Cone and Maloof leave, this team will suck again next year. This is really similar to Felton’s miracle run in the SEC Tourney. It was a nice story in the short-term but only prolonged the inevitable and simply masked the mediocrity surrounding the program.

jj

May 30th, 2011
2:03 pm

no question the fourth best team in the state. guess the NCAA is rewarding mediocrity now. just because you play a tough schedule does not mean you should make the tournament.

51WTGW50

May 30th, 2011
2:06 pm

Well the DAWGS can cancel a football game with Oregon, but now the baseball team still has to travel there to play at least 2 games.

rex

May 30th, 2011
2:10 pm

Joe B., what are you talking about? Mediocrity? How many time did UGA reach the NCAA tournament before Coach Perno? Just becuase you have the capablity to string words together in a sentance doesn’t mean you should.

UGA4EVER

May 30th, 2011
2:20 pm

If you are not a DAWG FAN you are just a hater.congrats DAWGS go win this regional

JDawg1785

May 30th, 2011
2:27 pm

Good couple of days for the Diamond Dawgs. Good luck in Oregon!!

Felton comparison

May 30th, 2011
2:31 pm

That is a great one! How did I miss Felton finishing second in the NCAA touranment, and making the tournament 6 times. Must have had a Rip Van Winkle experience. Also missed Felton’s NCAA regular season title.

Felton comparison addition

May 30th, 2011
2:36 pm

Make that “SEC” regular season title

wow

May 30th, 2011
2:53 pm

GT IS THANKING GOD today that they are not playing UGA.. that is funny.. we would have beaten the bee shiittt out of them..

wow

May 30th, 2011
2:59 pm

BTW, JOE, Perno has 6 outta 10 regionals, 3 CWS , (which is tied for gt in THIER HISTORY YOU BAGADIX) AND ONE NATIONAL RUNNER UP.. EATIT

Cuz

May 30th, 2011
3:08 pm

Way to go Dawgs. I bet Oregon is cooler than round here.

P-The-Ricker

May 30th, 2011
3:12 pm

All of these 4th best teams in the state mentions??? Everyone in the state heard that loud sigh of relief out of danny hall when he heard that UGA wasn’t being slotted in tech’s regional.

JAWJeRDAWG

May 30th, 2011
3:30 pm

Chip, if you’ll allow a partial repost:

Despite the Diamond Dawgs overall record thus far this year and their up-coming post-season chance to play towards Ohama, I’ll still sure there will so-called Dawg fans calling for Coach Perno’s firing.

With this year’s team’s RPI and strength of schedule, and JT’s injury and it’s resultant impact on the team, you knowlegeable baseball critics who call for his firing, please tell us why you feel this would be in the Diamond Dawg’s and UGA’s best interest, and who you would replace him with?

Looking forward to you knowledgeable and insightful reply.

I’m proud of Coach Perno and the Diamond Dawg’s season thus far this year and wish them the best as they go cross-county to the Oregon regionals. .. Go Dawgs!

observor

May 30th, 2011
3:48 pm

Georgia Southern…..bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha

what a complete joke on every possible level….

reebok

May 30th, 2011
4:00 pm

good luck, doggies

Bawbie

May 30th, 2011
4:32 pm

Can you say 2 and out? FIRE PERNO!

51WTGW50

May 30th, 2011
4:33 pm

Tech beat the Dawg poop of of the Mutts this year. The Mutts won at the TED in the Rubber game, but the first 2 games were not even close.

Denver Dawg

May 30th, 2011
4:56 pm

51WTGW50, you are one duma$$ – it can’t be a “rubber game” unless the teams split the first two…. you add nothing to the discussion. “of of”????? – another grammatical winner!

Choke Artist

May 30th, 2011
4:58 pm

Perno needs to bring Grantham along the trip to Oregon to give choke signs.

Georgia Peach

May 30th, 2011
5:18 pm

rogeriter

May 30th, 2011
5:18 pm

Does anyone know of a blog for true UGA fans without all the teenage negativity that AJC’s blog has? I’m not interested in Tech, Fla, Alabama thoughts and comparisons with a bunch of babies who want to criticize everything and everyone except themselves.

Mike

May 30th, 2011
5:42 pm

How do you go 31-30 and get a tourney invite? I don’t care if you play the toughest schedule!!!

UCF

May 30th, 2011
6:14 pm

UCF Knights eanred #2 Seed! UCF is better than Georgia in Football too!

UCF Knights!

playmeortrademe

May 30th, 2011
7:20 pm

Once again the NCAA and their selection committees prove their incompetence. UGA plays one of the, if not THE toughest schedule in the country, finishes fourth in the SEC behind three top 10-ranked teams, beats two of those teams on back-to-back days, was ranked in the top 25 for parts of the season, had an RPI in the 20s, and the NCAA gives them a #3 seed and send them to Cor-wherever-BFE, Oregon, which meant that the NCAA didn’t think that UGA was one of the top 32 teams in the country, and puts them in a potential super-regional against Vanderbilt. Thanks, a–h—s

Arkansas got screwed too, wins the West and outlasts all other West teams in the SECT, and gets to play out in Tempe, nice reward. Meanwhile, Miss St plays in Atlanta, and Alabama plays in Tallahassee.

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don't you just hate it

May 30th, 2011
7:27 pm

when you have to visit OR in all the ga heat…sounds like a fun trip.

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Bitter "ROUGE BOOSTER"

May 30th, 2011
8:03 pm

good run dawgs—play hard————–ps:—-new recruiting guy su—xxxxxxsssssssssss

————-time for a change at the AJC———recruiting is 24/7—get it AJC management team

LoganvilleDAWG

May 30th, 2011
8:22 pm

I’ll tell you what, all these so called UGA fans just want to fire a coach. 1st Coach Richt, now Coach Perno. If all of ya’ll knew anything about baseball or football I MIGHT understand you a little better. I still would say al of you were wrong. I’m sure none of you have ever played college sports, let alone know how to how to coach them. So start pulling for the DAWGS, baseball & football. Otherwise, GET A LIFE.

Poopdawg

May 30th, 2011
9:41 pm

MR, why waste the energy it took to write that garbage?

dawg150

May 30th, 2011
9:44 pm

Fire Perno……….RIGHT……..I personnally saw the man by his players’ side more than enough times at Shepherd Spinal Center to know HE CARES. He’s a class act, and a pretty damn good baseball coach. Just watch what happens in the regionals this week……Go You Diamond Dawgs!!!!!!!!!

dawg150

May 30th, 2011
9:48 pm

Mike ur a dumba$$…………sorry

Hit A Single

May 30th, 2011
10:00 pm

Congratulations Dawgs and Coach Perno! Best of luck and I hope Coach Perno is here for many more years.

wryeconomy74

May 30th, 2011
10:58 pm

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UGA lost 30 games

May 31st, 2011
5:25 am

I don’t care if you played the Yankees everyday, that’s a helluva lot of losses. Perno needs to find some consistency in this group – and quickly. Creighton and Oregon State are formidable programs….

Top Row Dawg

May 31st, 2011
6:50 am

Go you hairy dogs.

Track Record

May 31st, 2011
9:34 am

Each time the last few years when UGA made it’s run to the College World series they lost early in the sec tourney; but when they win two or three games in the sec toureny they go on to lose the follwoing week in the regionals. Hopefully that trend stops out in Corvallis this week…

timthebrave

May 31st, 2011
11:05 am

Congratulations diamond dawgs!!! They have overcome a lot to have a good season…Let’s make this a great season

George O

May 31st, 2011
11:13 am

Central Florida Runs this state too!

BornADawg

May 31st, 2011
11:51 am

@Bawbie, you and James (who by the way, goes by many names) both need to GET A LIFE!! Same crap every day, nothing ever constructive and even close to intelligent. Any idiot can say the same thing over and over and y’all are sure proof of that! AJC, is there nothing that can be done about all of this so true DAWG fans can carry on intelligent conversations with other true DAWG fans…Go DAWGS!!

BornADawg

May 31st, 2011
12:04 pm

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Dawg

May 31st, 2011
4:44 pm

“Athletic Director Greg McGarity said last week Perno over-scheduled this season. Perno did not disagree.”
My Gosh, Is Greg McGarity a pompus azs or what? We have 3 or the most respected head coaches in football, basketball and baseball and he comes in and acts like he is some kind of Know-it-All. Greg McGarity my friend, you need to earn your status and I don’t give a rip how long you were a Folley’s secretary. The schedule worked out just fine and like Perno said we may not have made the field this year with a slightly weaker schedule.