Posted: 11:33 am Monday, May 5th, 2014

Diamond Dogs fighting for their postseason lives 

By Chip Towers

ATHENS – Thanks to a grand-slam-highlighted, series-clinching win over No. 7 South Carolina on Sunday, the Georgia baseball team is in position to make it back into the SEC Tournament. But there remains work to be done.

Daniel Nichols hit a grand-slam home run on Sunday to power the Bulldogs to a 5-3 win over the Gamecocks on Sunday. It game Georgia its first series win over South Carolina since 2008.

More importantly, the victory moves the Bulldogs (23-23-1, 9-14-1 SEC) into 12th place overall in the conference. The top 12 teams in the 14-team league (based on winning percentage in league games) are invited to the annual SEC Tournament in Hoover, Ala. Georgia is a half-game ahead of 13th-place Auburn (9-15) and a half-game out of 10th behind Tennessee and Kentucky (10-14).

“We’re fighting for our postseason lives,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said after Sunday’s game. “This was a big, big series win for us. We came in to this series on an eight-game losing streak including getting swept by a couple of really good baseball teams in Florida and Vanderbilt, and we weren’t playing too well either. However, we’ve got some confidence now and there’s plenty of baseball left to play.”

The Bulldogs, who play Savannah State Wednesday in Athens, travel to No. 10-ranked and SEC West-leading Ole Miss this weekend and play host to Kentucky in the regular-season-ending series May 15-17 at Foley Field. Tennessee travels to Mississippi State this weekend and closes out against league-leading Florida. The Wildcats get Auburn this weekend before traveling to Athens the next week.

 

 

36 comments
Railroadtracgang
Railroadtracgang

Poad and Delusional are the most pathetic jealous losers in history.

RingtheBell
RingtheBell

I talked to Steve this weekend, my son had a baseball experience and he was awesome. My son was a bat boy and coach talked to him during the game. Before the game he talked to him as they watched batting practice on the field. Stricklin will a winner because he already is!!!!!!!! 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

No comments on the Donnan article, there's a shocker!!

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

This will be an apt headline come Game #3 in September. Just delete "diamond". 

POAD2014
POAD2014

Why did the AJC take down the article about UGa raising the GPA to graduate with honors? 40% are sleepwalking through easy degrees and getting to graduate with honors.

Delusionaldog
Delusionaldog

Thanks for the new blog, Chip. 


tom brown has been exhibiting dog blog withdrawals. 

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

can't disagree that perno was probably kept on a year longer than he should of, but believe we've got a great coach in stricklen.

the team had no direction last year under perno....while they're in good position to take a step forward and make conf post-season.

strongly disagree with bubba that the b-ball and football team are  in need of change. 

   the b-ball team is heading into a season of "put-up or shut-up" with the slated ooc schedule.  believe they'll be fine and ncaa bound.

   if grantham were still intown, i'd have my doubts in whether the team would be better than 8-4.  with the change to pruitt, i at least have optimism of a better record and sec east crown.

SinceVince
SinceVince

Howdy Doody  McGarity should have made changes 2 years ago.. It will be the same with our basketball team and prob with our football team

FlatTire
FlatTire

@POAD2014 how about all those Tech players that enroll in the business school  I think its nicknamed the M-train

SinceVince
SinceVince

I bet our dawgs will be saddled with either an 8 - 4 or 7- 5 record in football this upcoming season. Fox Is still not getting it done in recruiting. Mark RICHT still lacks in landing the big guys for the trenches where championships are really won. Just wait again and see.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@FlatTire It is STILL a BS degree not a BA. BS in Business is more difficult than a BA in Family Development.

SinceVince
SinceVince

Gosh Lex you finally have gotten something correct. Good to see you are paying more close attention to our sports program at UGA!

POAD2014
POAD2014

@FlatTire EASIER ROUTE? Did the player still have to take the required CLASSES to get a degree? You do know for a FACT Q Carter chose to go to UGa after minor league Baseball was because he knew he NO CHANCE of passing classes at TECH?

FlatTire
FlatTire

@POAD2014 what facts?  the article where it showed how your advisers advise players on going an easier route.  Those facts

FlatTire
FlatTire

@BigTimeJacketFan  I give you facts and you respond with some erroneuos post with no facts and claim the truth hurts

LOL

Tell me how great a Tech education is again

FlatTire
FlatTire

@POAD2014  is it really that hard to understand what Im saying.  I kind of spelled it out earlier

POAD2014
POAD2014

@FlatTire yes some have, but did they do it the YEAR after thet Graduated or years down the road? Did those players get a 6 figure starting salary for their FIRST JOB? A Student's advisor is there to help them graduate so you are saying the advisor did a good job and the player did graduate.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@BigTimeJacketFan  There are plenty of ex-football players who graduated to earn 6 figure starting salaries 

sorry the truth hurts;  funny how in the article your own ball player admitted how his advisers were advising him

BigTimeJacketFan
BigTimeJacketFan

@FlatTire  A couple of Tech's recent football graduates (undergraduate Business degree) got six figure starting salaries with Microsoft in California.  How many of the football matriculants at the Clarke County Cow College have ever heard of Microsoft?  Not many, I can assure you.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@FlatTire Getting  degree in a DIFFICULT course of study is hardly an easy way for a player to stay eligible. The INSTITUTE and it's Professors don't KEEP  athletes eligible and don't care to. TECH students SURVIVE Tech they don't Drunk Dance their way to graduation day.

FlatTire
FlatTire

@POAD2014  again I dont care if its a BA BS BP BL Blah Blah in pet grooming when the majority of your players are in the program its still nothing more than a way to keep its players eligible. 

POAD2014
POAD2014

@FlatTire  Try again. It is one of the top Management Programs in the country. You do understand the Difference in a BA and a BS right?

FlatTire
FlatTire

@POAD2014  call it a BS in Cosmetology its still nothing more than a way for Tech to keep its players academically eligible

P_The_Ricker
P_The_Ricker

@DawginLex @Bubbatavious bubba is not a tech fan.  i believe he is a UGA fan.  he's clearly frustrated and just not as optimistic as others as to the immediate future

there's plenty of trolls and antagonists on these blogs....he's not one

FlatTire
FlatTire

@DawginLex  yea but other than beating Tech in football; when you count the lack of winning anything meaningful our athletic dept isnt much better than theirs