Diamond Dawgs Face NCAA Elimination Game
Playing far from home in the regionals of the NCAA baseball tournament, UGA dropped a close opening game to Creighton 2-1 Friday in Corvallis, Oregon. All of the scoring by both squads came in the 7th inning of the defensive struggle. Georgia faced the toughest schedule in the nation this season and barely survived the rigors of the rugged SEC well enough to eek out postseason qualification for the 10th time in school history and 6th time under Coach David Perno. Georgia has been on a bit of a downward trend since finishing as national runner up several seasons ago, although 2009 did net Georgia a record for most players drafted into MLB. The clear goal now being less to develop and produce quality professional talent and more to see that talent translate to big wins on the diamond. Georgia beat national top 5 teams South Carolina and Florida in SEC tournament play in Hoover, Alabama but narrowly missed playing for the SEC title as Florida barely edged them in a rematch. The baseball program held their collective breath on selection day in Athens, as they watched Southern team after Southern team be filled into slots throughout the South, primarily hosted by SEC and ACC powers. In the end, Georgia’s less than stellar overall record was not bad enough to keep them from the postseason, as strength of schedule and the aforementioned SEC big wins propelled them to very late selection. Now, the Diamond Dawgs are 31-31 and facing an NCAA elimination game Saturday at 4 p.m. (EST) that will be televised by ESPN 3.