The #6 Georgia Bulldogs (25-15) will take on the Jacksonville St. Gamecocks (25-15) at Foley Field at 5pm. I’ll be here to follow all the action–if you have any questions, feel free to make a comment. UGA traveled to Jacksonville last Wednesday and was dealt a 9-7 lost. Georgia went 1-2 over the weekend down in Oxford against Ole Miss. There are a fair number of fans here today, but with 80 degree weather, and finals just around the corner, it probably won’t be that well attended. First pitch just minutes away. -Michael Terry
The 2009 NFL Draft begins in just under 48 hours and the Atlanta Falcons have already turned some heads today with the acquisition of TE Tony Gonzalez, the only tight end in NFL history to be selected to 10 Pro Bowls.
The 33-year-old Gonzalez caught 96 passes for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2008 and owns the NFL career records for tight ends in receptions, yards receiving, TDs receiving and 100-yard receiving games.
Considering the fact that the Falcons got the least amount of production out of their tight ends in the NFL last year in terms of catches, receiving yards and touchdowns, to say the Falcons have upgraded their TE position is an understatement. The best part of this deal?
The Falcons only had to give up a 2010 2nd round pick. By giving up the 2nd-rounder in 2010 and not 2009, the Falcons will be able to use their first two picks (#24 and #55 overall) on addressing their needs on defense (most notably DT, OLB and another DB).
With an offense led with Matt Ryan (who turns 24 in May) at QB, Michael Turner (27 yrs old) at RB, Roddy White (28 in November) at WR and now Tony Gonzalez at TE, the Falcons now have the makings of a Top 5-10 offense for the next 3-4 years. Exciting news coming from the Dirty Birds…and it’s not even Draft weekend yet.
As Michael Terry alluded to in his live blog hours ago, Junior 1B Rich Poythress made some history Tuesday night in front of a crowd of 2,074 at Foley Field. Poythress, hit not just 1, or 2 but THREE home runs in #1 Georgia’s 11-7 victory over Kennesaw State (21-15).
With the three home runs, Poythress became just the sixth player in school history to hit three HR in a game, the first since current Houston Astro Jeff Keppinger in the 2001 NCAA Regionals against Coastal Carolina. The best/most ironic part of it all? His nine year-old brother, Jared, was the team’s bat-boy for the night.
Poythress on the season is now hitting .418 with 20 HR and 66 RBI in just 40 games (yes, he is averaging a home run EVERY OTHER GAME). To put those numbers into perspective, Gordon Beckham last year hit .411 with 28 HR (single season school record) and 77 RBI (also the single-season school record) in 71 games.
So, in short, Poythress has played THIRTY ONE FEWER GAMES than Beckham and has hit just 8 fewer HR and 11 fewer RBIs. Incredible.
With the win, UGA improves to a phenominal 32-8 record and will travel to Anniston, Ala. to take on Jacksonville State (22-14) tonight, before heading to Oxford, Mississippi to take on #11 Ole Miss (29-11) on Friday for a three-game SEC weekend series.
My name is Michael Terry and I’m here with James Carr to give you live blog action of today’s game between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the Kennesaw St. Owls. The first pitch is scheduled for 5pm. Cecil Tanner will take the mound for the Bulldogs and Kyle Clayton will take the mound for the Owls. It’s a beautiful day in Athens and there is a small crowd on hand to witness the action. Here are the starting lineups:
Wow, what a weekend. It started on Friday night on the campus of the University of Nebraska with the Gym Dogs sending Coach Yoculan into retirement in perfect fashion and ended on Sunday as the Men’s Golf team won its first SEC title since 2006.
Senior Courtney Kupets, who won her third all-around title on Thursday, led the the dogs on Friday with a career-best four-event score of 39.9 with two 10.0s (on the bars and vault) and two 9.95s (on beam and floor). Georgia scored a 197.825, its second-best score of the year, to outdistance second-place Alabama’s 197.575 and third-place Utah’s 197.425.
The victory was 10th title in school history (all of which have since 1987) and breaks the tie with Utah for most all-time. This kind of dominance is truly remarkable and as I alluded to before in another post, these girls do not get the love on campus that they deserve. What they have achieved will certainly not be forgotten, but I will urge each and everyone of you reading this that have never been to a Gym Dogs meet to put it on your to-do list before you graduate.
Now believe it or not, the Gym Dogs were not the only team to hoist a championship trophy in the air. On Saturday, the Equestrian team won its fourth National Championship in school history and second straight in Waco, Texas. Now much like gymnastics, I will honestly admit that I do not know a clue about this sport, but again any time you win a National Championship you deserve some love for representing the University so well. Congrats.
Also on Saturday, the #4 Men’s Tennis team won the SEC East by defeating #6 Tennessee 5-2 in front of a season-high crowd of 1,060. The victory over the Volunteers extended the team’s home winning streak to 60 straight matches, absolutely amazing.
In Knoxville, the #2 Women’s Tennis team also beat #13 Tennessee 5-2 to clinch the SEC East and outright SEC regular season titles. With the SEC Tournament for both teams starting Thursday, both teams will have a chance to bring home SEC Tournament trophies as well.
On the diamond, both the baseball and softball teams had great weekends. The #1 baseball team took two out of three games against #5 Arkansas, including back-to-back bottom of the 9th winning 4-3 scores on Friday and Saturday night. Junior OF Matt Cerione was the hero this weekend, ironically having the game-winning hit in both those games.
The #6 softball team had a 3-game road sweep over Auburn, improving their overall record to a remarkable 33-8 (including 14-6 in SEC play). The Diamond Dogs are now a combined 64-16 this year an astonishing .800 winning percentage. With both of their regular seasons down to just a few weeks left, again I urge you readers to check these two Top 10 teams out.
Last, but certainly not least, on Sunday the #1 Men’s Golf team won its 27th SEC championship in school history. The #14 Women’s team finished 6th against some stiff competition competing against five other Top 25 teams. Both teams have had great years and will continue them into the regionals (the women’s regionals start on May 7th and the men’s will begin on the following week). We will certainly keep those of you interested posted on how the two teams wrap up their seasons.
Hey guys, this is Dave Tarter bringing you today’s action from the third game of the series between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Georgia Bulldogs. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. as signs of rain show today. Georgia looks to sweep the Razorbacks today with wins on Friday, 4-3, and Saturday, 4-3 as well. Taking the mound for the Razorbacks is righty, Brett Eibner (3-2) and on the other side is right-hander Justin Grimm (2-1). The starting lineups will be posted down below and updates will come every half innings. (more…)
Welcome to another WUOG live-blog. We’re taking a slight break from baseball today to cover the Mens tennis match against Tennessee. The baseball team did win 4-3 with another walk-off hit in the ninth by Matt Cerione. Sound familiar? I’d also like to give a shot to the Gymdogs for taking home ANOTHER national championship. FIVE in a row?! Simply amazing.
NCAA rules permit me to update 10 times during this session, so check back every thirty minutes or so to catch up on the action as the #4 Georgia Bulldogs take on #6 Tennessee. (more…)
Hey everyone. It’s Robert Inskip here with you again, back at Foley Field. Tonight we’ve got the #5 Arkansas Razorbacks going up against the #1 Georgia Bulldogs. This is a match up between the leaders of the SEC West and SEC East, respectively. Trevor Holder [RHP], a senior from Birmingham, Alabama, gets the start for the Dawgs. For the Hogs it will be Dallas Keuchel [LHP], a junior from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The starting line ups can be seen below. As usual, updates will be posted every half inning. (more…)
Hello and welcome back to Foley Field. I’m Robert Inskip and I will be taking care of our Live Blog coverage for tonight’s game between the #10 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the #1 Georgia Bulldogs. Starting for the Dawgs tonight will be Chase Hawkins [LHP], a freshman from Snellville. For Tech, it will be Jed Bradley [LHP] on the mound. Bradley is a freshman from Huntsville, Alabama. The starting line ups can be seen below. First pitch is set for 7:00pm. Enjoy the game. (more…)
My name is Michael Terry and I’m here to give you live blog action from game two of today’s doubleheader between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the Winthrop University Eagles. The first pitch of the second game of the doubleheader is about to get underway. Robert Lake will take the mound for the Eagles and Chase Hawkins will take the inning for the Bulldogs. For a recap of the previous game, scroll down to Game 1: Winthrop vs. UGA Live Blog.