Posted: 11:34 am Thursday, February 13th, 2014

UPDATED: UGA baseball opener is postponed, gym meet canceled, basketball team still in Starkville 

By Chip Towers

UPDATE: Georgia baseball’s season opener against Georgia Southern scheduled for Friday night has been postponed until noon Saturday and will be the first game of a double-header. Field conditions are unplayable. . . . Also, the Gym Dogs’ home meet against Missouri scheduled for Friday night has been canceled due to travel issues for the Tigers. . . . The men’s basketball team, which beat Mississippi State 75-55 on Wednesday night, remains in Starkville and was scheduled to practice there at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday. The Bulldogs were hoping to fly out of get a Columbus, Miss., by about 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon, “or whenever Delta can get a plane out here,” a teams spokesman said.

ATHENS — Slowly but surely the snow and ice is beginning to thaw on the campus of the University of Georgia. But it’s impact is likely to be felt on the field of competition at least another day or so.

The Georgia baseball team is scheduled to open its season Friday evening at Foley Field against Georgia Southern. The trouble is, the tarp covering the diamond is covered at least an inch deep in ice with snow on top of that. First-year coach Scott Stricklin said grounds crews were going attempt to remove the tarp Thursday afternoon — and enormous undertaking — and then they’ll still have the prospect of clearing and drying the outfield and foul areas.

Stricklin put the odds of having to postpone Friday’s opener and play a Saturday double-header at “50-50.”

“Getting tarp off the field and the ice off the field is the biggest concern right now,” Stricklin said Thursday morning as he drove through the snow to the baseball complex. “If we can’t get the tarp off we can’t play. First we’ve got to get the ice off and then we’ve got to get the tarp off and then we’ve got to clear the outfield. It’s an inconvenience, but compared to what a lot of other people have had to go through, it’s a minor inconvenience. If we have to play two games on Saturday and one on Sunday, that’s fine. “

Based on the forecast it would appear there’s little chance Georgia won’t be able to get its first three games in this weekend. In the meantime, the snowstorm already impacted the team’s preparations.

Instead of what would have been a heavy work day on Wednesday, Stricklin had to give the players the entire day off. They are going to attempt to get in an indoor workout on Thursday afternoon.

“We’ve had to be inside the last few days and Wednesday we had to give them the complete day off because we just didn’t want them to be driving,” Stricklin said. “Some of them walked their way to the field and got in some hitting on their own and got some work in. Hopefully we’ll get some more work in today, but most likely we won’t get on the field.”

The Bulldogs’ men’s basketball team was able to negotiate the storm and get to Starkville, Miss., where they put together one of their best performances of the season to dispatch Mississippi State, 75-55. Georgia (13-10, 7-4SEC ) got 19 points, six rebounds and five assists from Charles Mann and 16 off the bench from Juwan Parker (14 in 2nd Half). That represented a 34-point turnaround for the Bulldogs, who trailed by 14 in the first half.

Just getting to Starkville represented a big enough challenge for the Bulldogs. They were going to bus the six hours there after their charter flight out of Athens was canceled, but 20 minutes into the drive they were able to get the team on a Delta flight out of Atlanta to Columbus, Miss. That was the good news.

The bad news is Georgia has not been able to get back home. Delta flights are understandably backed up and the Bulldogs were forced to remain in Starkville Wednesday night. The hope was that they would be able to fly into Atlanta sometime Thursday afternoon.

Mark Fox’s team, which is showing great improvement as year progresses, plays host to very good Ole Miss team on Saturday at 4 p.m. The teams are currently tied for third in the SEC.

Georgia’s women’s basketball team left Athens on Tuesday — a day earlier than planned — to get College Station, Texas, for tonight’s game against Texas A&M. They were not anticipating any issues getting back on Friday. At this point, odds are UGA will be closed another day.

In the meantime, please know that, as a service to metro Atlantans during the winter storm, the AJC is offering free access to the online newspaper (a PDF-style version of the printed paper; link here) and myajc.com. For those of you who are not subscribers, you should take advantage of both. Today’s paper is packed with valuable and insightful information about the storm. Myajc.com has all of the content that goes into the paper as well as the online blog content in a cleaner format than AJC.com.

20 comments
HotDawg
HotDawg

Time for a new column Chip.....can't blame the weather.

SinceVince
SinceVince

Dawgs stink in baseball too....  need a culture change in Athens!

DirtRoadDawg
DirtRoadDawg

I have been reading the ajc comments for years.  I have finally decided to join the conversation.  See you soon.

peachstealth
peachstealth

Georgia Southern Baseball Eagles take two out of three for UGA, Host Ga Tech Wednesday. GATA Eagles

DawgNole
DawgNole

ThomasBrown at 5:35 a.m. Nov. 2, 2013

. . . FSU is so good with # 68 Strength of Schedule that they CANNOT make BCS Title game . . . .

ThomasBrown at 5:32 a.m. Dec. 27, 2013
I pick Stanford, and it is not close.

SinceVince
SinceVince

Baseball team stunk it up in the opener. Not impressed!

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

DawgNole September 5th, 2012  5:22 pm

“I’m on a Tech blog because I follow Tech and pull for the Jackets in all games except those with UGA and FSU.”

DawgNole January 4th, 2013 6:13 pm

"Half of me pulled for the Dawgs, half for the Noles–depending on the game situation. Mixed feelings, torn, and still don’t know who I’d pull for if they play again."

DawgNole at 8:00 p.m. Dec. 6, 2013

“True that, TB--then and now.”

DawgNole January 5th, 2013 10:38 pm

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“You’re the only one who appears to have an issue with that.”

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Swamp Thing September 3rd, 2012 4:54 pm

“DawgNole (which end is the Dawg and which end is the Nole?)”

DawgNole
DawgNole

ThomAss Brown: "NCAA also announced the attendance figures showing UGA # 7 nationally in average per game and # 3 in Toughest Schedule while the Jackets are # 45 attendance and # 29 Toughest Schedule - a lot better schedule than FSU at # 57 Toughest Schedule including beat Auburn most observers did not see as the best SEC team, not with that defense."

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Actually, most observers did indeed see Auburn as the best SEC team--the VERY best--especially after beating the team previously thought the best.

Still taking potshots at the Noles after you didn't have the guts to pick either them or Auburn in the NC game? Two-faced coward.


ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

I am not interested in the pay version, thank you, free or not.  Why would I be ?  The Lady Bulldogs lost to Texas A&M, and now must beat either either LSU or South Carolina to make the NCAA Tournament because they continue to miss too many shots. They must also beat Florida, Auburn and Miss St.


Scott Stricklin is exciting; thank you for getting some more of his quotes.  We all look forward to what he can do with our baseball team in graduating them and winning baseball games, both areas he excels at as another with a GPA at his alma mater like mine, also as a former catcher.


NCAA also announced the attendance figures showing UGA # 7 nationally in average per game and # 3 in Toughest Schedule while the Jackets are # 45 attendance and # 29 Toughest Schedule - a lot better schedule than FSU at # 57 Toughest Schedule including beat Auburn most observers did not see as the best SEC team, not with that defense.


1 of the major reasons for Sanford Stadium having so much attendance is not only all the recruits in-state which are so good for us to watch, but also out-of-state recruits Mark Richt has brought us such as Matthew Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, Max Jean-Gilles, Robert Geathers, Mohamed Massaquoi, Aaron Murray, Orson Charles, Marshall Morgan, Keith Marshall, Todd Gurley II, Tramel Terry, Isaiah Wynn, Jacob Park, Jeb Blazevich, Sony Michel, and now Rico McGraw.  Of course, there are 8 stadiums not nearly as nice as Sanford who had 8 home games, and 46 more with 7, then Sanford at # 55 for number of home games with just 6 so that we can play Florida at the Gator Bowl, the very same Gator Bowl we just lost at 1-1 on the year for us there.  It was a dysfunctional stadium, as you will recall during the game ?


Did you know Paul Johnson already has lost 18 Jackets' games against teams who were not ranked for the season ?


Well, let's get back to work replying to all the Jackets' trolls.

POAD2013
POAD2013

Well at least the Basketball players can go to KMart and buy some Coloring Books to stay up with their Classwork...LOL


How do the northern college baseball teams get in enough practice before the season starts?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@Bubbatavious bubba you sound a little down and out, try a couple of those woof-woofs. cant hurt.