Diamond Dogs must shake off Tech loss, get busy in SEC

Georgia's Friday starter Alex Wood (6-1, 2.64) is a big reason the Bulldogs believe they can get this weekend's series against No. 4 South Carolina off to a good start. (UGA photo)

Georgia's Friday starter Alex Wood (6-1, 2.64) is a big reason the Bulldogs believe they can get this weekend's series against No. 4 South Carolina off to a good start. (UGA photo)

ATHENS — Tough loss for Georgia last night to Georgia Tech. On a designated “staff night,” in which the Bulldogs planned on getting innings for several midweek pitchers, they simply could not come up with enough quality innings and fell 8-6. Seven pitchers gave up seven walks and Georgia’s late rally came up short. Here’s a link to Ken Sugiura’s GAME REPORT.

“We pitched poorly tonight, and I take the blame for that as we just can’t do that this late in the year,” said Georgia coach David Perno. “We wanted to keep guys fresh for the upcoming South Carolina series, but we needed to do better tonight.”

In case you’re keeping count — and you can bet these two teams are — that’s the third consecutive season the Yellow Jackets have gotten the edge in the three-game series. Georgia leads the overall series 112-97 since 1950, which is as far back as UGA’s media guide goes.

More importantly is what the Diamond Dogs do with the season going forward. Wednesday night’s loss was not good but it was not devastating to their postseason goals. First and foremost, they have to focus on being among the 10 teams that qualify for the SEC Tournament. At the moment, they seem well-positioned for that.

Currently Georgia (28-21, 12-12 SEC) is in a three-way tie for fifth with Arkansas and Mississippi State. But No. 4-ranked and two-time defending national champion South Carolina (36-12, 16-8) is coming in on Friday. The Gamecocks have won their last six SEC series and 13 of their last 14 games overall.

After a Tuesday game against East Tennessee State, the Bulldogs wrap up the regular-season on the road against Alabama (18-30, 7-17). Perno is on record saying he thinks the Bulldogs will be in position for an NCAA at-large berth if they can finish .500 in league play, which means going 3-3 in these six. But you can bet they want to do even better than that.

With an RPI of 41, Georgia could certainly help itself by winning the series against South Carolina. And with reigning SEC pitcher of the week Alex Wood on the mound Friday and Michael Palazzone on the hill Saturday, the Bulldogs have a reasonable shot of doing that.

Georgia’s biggest series of the season is at home this weekend.

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Nothing Could Be Finer

May 10th, 2012
9:05 am

Don’t be surprised if that stadium yall have is half-full of Carolina fans this weekend.

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RoyalAir

May 10th, 2012
9:19 am

I’ll be surprised if UGA can take this series. Carolina is on a roll, and they’ve been in more difficult situations than this.

BTW, where are all the die-hard Dwag (sic) fans?

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Mountain Dawg

May 10th, 2012
9:24 am

Who cares? When does football season start?

thomas

May 10th, 2012
9:34 am

Right, really need to reach the tournament this year. Program seems to be getting a little stale. How about more football news! Love Coach Richt! http://www.wedgeorgia.com

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Dienlafin

May 10th, 2012
9:53 am

Dawgs turn out to be puppies again this weekend against the roosters.

UGA Insider

May 10th, 2012
9:57 am

I’m anxious to see what happens with Perno. With Adams leaving what’s the first thing that happened???…McGarity fired the gym coach. I have been hearing that McGarity is ready to get rid of nearly all of the Evans hires and was just waitng for Adams to leave so he wouldn’t embarass him.

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ARdawg

May 10th, 2012
10:35 am

Hey Chip,

Does Schultz still work down there or has he been reassigned to the mailroom? I haven’t seen anything from him in sometime now

Keith

May 10th, 2012
10:49 am

Your little 2nd baseman said he wanted to “prove” who the best team was…too bad he’ll be leaving UGA without sniffing a series win against the Jackets. Proof enough.

Sammy Dawg

May 10th, 2012
11:11 am

Coach: “We wanted to keep guys fresh going into the South Carolina series”. Translation: We have bigger fish to fry!

Ron Roberts

May 10th, 2012
11:16 am

The supposed “real” Dawg fans whine when basketball and baseball programs don’t meet their lofty expectations, and at the same time come onto a BASEBALL blog and whimper “screw this; when’s football season?”

Who’d WANT to come play basketball or baseball at UGA with a fan base like that? STFU, people. if you don’t care, don’t click the link, and don’t comment.

Georgia’s falling behind in the “facilities” race; Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and South Carolina have all either built new or vastly upgraded their baseball facilities. Foley Field’s gone untouched for decards. Couple that with the apathetic (or worse – see above) fan base, and you can see why it might be hard for Perno to sign top 10 recruiting classes. What he signs IS good, but depth is thin.

Matthews Dawg

May 10th, 2012
11:39 am

Coach Perno lost 2 pitchers that would be starters to the baseball draft last year. They both signed for around 1.5 million. The problem isn’t signing great players, it’s keeping them from going pro before they come to school. Coach Perno has unfortunately loss some great players to the draft. So, those who think he can’t recruit (I’ve read that several places) or isn’t a good intense coach isn’t following the program close enough. With those 2 pitchers on the staff (even as freshman) we would be looking at going to the CWS. We don’t have them and the guys are working their butts off. We need to support the baseball team this weekend (if you are in Athens). The “chickens” need to be kept quiet! Go Dawgs and football will start soon enough.

Newman

May 10th, 2012
11:50 am

Vince Dooley hired Coach Perno.

Father A. Long

May 10th, 2012
12:00 pm

Hall cares if Tech wins and Perno does not!

Yes, but, but, but ...

May 10th, 2012
12:37 pm

All programs see kids come and go. It is the way that it is. UGA needs to get kids to play ball, whether for 1, 2 or 3 or 4 years and win. SC is a small state but it does have some great HS baseball programs, like in the Florence area,etc. They seem to get it done.

Perno is a .500 coach. If UGA is happy with that, then fine. I think that UGA could go out and get a great baseball coach from a smaller school, that is always around the top of their conference and hire him. U of KY has a seemingly great baseball guy …………………..could we grab him?

Must be a guy out there that is ready to come in and take UGA to a much higher level year after year. THAT is what is missing at UGA in baseball. Sounds familiar to me in other sports, as well.

Go Dogs
UGA class of 71 & 73

Also, Lady Gym Dogs were once ............

May 10th, 2012
12:41 pm

UGA Lady Cagers once were considered to be a fine, solid, top 5 basketball program. That was in the very late 70s and up to the early 90s with Coah Landers. His time has come and gone and even in recruiting, he has dropped off the chart and that use to be his hallmark.

FIRE Andy Landers.

Go Dogs.

DoddSquad

May 10th, 2012
2:07 pm

To Hell with Georgia!
GT wins diamond series back to back to back….lovin’ it.

wrightsville dawg

May 10th, 2012
2:23 pm

WHERE IS GTBOB AT VENTING ON HOW GREAT TECH IS?
DID MOMMY TAKE THE COMPUTER AWAY!!!!! hahaha!
GTBOB IS GROUNDED!!!!

Crap

May 10th, 2012
2:25 pm

Win about 40 in a row, and you’ll catch up in the overall series.

We Run this State.....oh really?

May 10th, 2012
3:40 pm

Outside of football, in what male seasonal sport do u own the state? Not basketball….and certainly not America’s pastime (aka baseball). Keep talkin rednecks…..I love when u make me laugh.

Ron Roberts

May 10th, 2012
3:47 pm

Tennis, swimming, golf. I wouldn’t say GT’s been :dominant,” against Georgia, head-to-head in basketball, either. “Dominant” means winning more than one in a row.

Kudzu in Right Field

May 10th, 2012
4:32 pm

I’m a UGA alumnus and I have said for years we are not the best fans.All we talk about is football then get to the game after the kickoff because we were tailgating and we skip the lesser games. The reason we can’t recruit in basketball is the Steg is half empty. There is nothing wrong with our facilities.Duke does well in that barn they call Cameron indoor Stadium. Miami and Southern Cal have won a few football championships and they don’t have on campus stadiums.The problem is our fan base. We want our teams to be world beaters then we will come if we have great seats, we are playing a great team, and we don’t have a golf match setup for that day.BTW….I live 200 miles from Athens and I go to basketball and baseball games every year and love them. Go Dawgs !!!

Beeeeg Boy

May 10th, 2012
6:22 pm

Friday nights game is sold out!! Very few tickets available for the other games.

BBFan

May 10th, 2012
7:21 pm

Wow, someone on Ken’s blog said that you and Dave would say exactly what you said – mid-week game not important and player mistakes (read not coaching) led to loss which really is not that important. Amazingly perceptive.

DoctorC

May 10th, 2012
9:38 pm

Congrats to Georgia Tech on winning the baseball series. As a die hard old time UGA dawg, I would rather lose to ANY team other than Tech in any sport, but I’ll accept the fact they have owned us in baseball the last 4 years….now, would any real die hard old time Tech yellowjacket admit that UGA has owned Tech in football over the past 30 years? Anyone? Just saying…not expecting any responses.

Harvester Welle

May 10th, 2012
9:48 pm

With Georgia Tech winning the Football-Basketball-Baseball wars 3-2, there’s no doubt that UGA is Tech’s b*tch this year. Nothing to be ashamed of, just relax and enjoy it. :-)

What’s that, you’re not enjoying it?

Fan of the Game

May 10th, 2012
10:31 pm

You people wanting to fire Coach Perno and Coach Landers are unreal. How many times had UGA been to the College World Series before Perno and Coach Landers has earned the right to stay as long as he wants to. Perno’s only problem is that he has recruited too well. The Buxton kid is a good example. He will be the number one pick in June. Landers won’t kiss these AAU coaches tails just like Fox and I don’t blame them.

tenn.DAWG

May 11th, 2012
6:20 am

Important that Perno finishes strong and does well next year,too much talent instate not to be competitive every year and at least get to Omaha 3 out of every 5 years.

GTJeff

May 11th, 2012
9:10 am

The only battle in the Football/Basketball/Baseball “war” is Football so who cares that we won this game.

realisticfan

May 11th, 2012
10:10 am

By the way, Perno has two of the top 8 players in the Nation signed to play at UGA next year per the AJC rankings. Of course we know neither will never set foot in Athens after the major league draft. So why even sign them. I hope we use those scholarships to sign other players now.

The real question is why do we even play Tech 3 times every year when we are not going to pitch our best pitchers. Tells me that baseball doesn’t consider this that important. Well, I sure do. Every year we pitch our freshman or 5 or 6 pitcher because we want to save the good pitchers for the SEC weekend series. Then quit playing 3 times a year. Even in years when we have no chance of winning the SEC or getting to the tournament, we still save our good pitchers. Kind of like Richt starting the 3rd team QB against Tech to save the top two for the SEC or Bowl game.

realisticfan

May 11th, 2012
10:16 am

To Fan of the game. If you really think Coach Landers is doing a good job then you really don’t care. What has he won lately. Every year his teams are mediocre and never win big games. Even Ga Yech has built a program that I consider better than ours. No coach deserves a lifetime contract. (see Joe Parteno). Maybe Landers should kiss some AAU butt because every top girls player in Ga in the 10th grade has committed out of state.

coondawg69

May 11th, 2012
10:16 am

Cool, pretty much the first article about UGA baseball all season….. with 2 series left.

Nice

Season ticket holder and Loyal contributor to the Left Field Lounge!!!

Don’t be shocked if UGA wins last 2 series and then 3 games in the SEC Tourney. Wood is wood and Pal is pitching like last year. Will be a tough out for any host team in the regional….. then it’s on to a Super…. and that is even a tougher out. Ask @ FL and then @ LSU.

Jeff Dantzler does a very nice job on the radio/ internet broadcast… Lefty on Righty…. from the belt….

jobro

May 11th, 2012
10:32 am

Georgia will take two of three from the chickens

LogicalUS

May 11th, 2012
10:00 pm

Game one …..SC 3 UGA 0.