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    Athens, GA - An Athens staple is celebrating its 20th birthday this weekend by offering you food and drink prices that you would have paid 20 years ago.    Back in 1998, the same year Widespread Panic played an infamous concert on the streets of downtown Athens and Quincy Carter was playing quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs, the Blind Pig Tavern opened for business at its original location on Baldwin street. At the time, owner Rob White was trying to bring something new to the town that could cater to both University of Georgia students and the general population of Athens.    “When we opened there was no other place like us here,” White said. “There were other places that were more like traditional pubs, but we were the first to be more like a restaurant and a pub.”   The name “Blind Pig” originates from a nickname given to pubs or “speakeasys” that remained open and served alcohol during Prohibition in the 1920s and early 1930s. At the time of the Bling Pig Tavern’s opening, UGA’s alumni rugby team was also known as the Blind Pigs. White, being a graduate of UGA’s Terry College of Business, decided the name fit perfectly, and also liked the possibilities of logos and other promotional aspects that came along with it.    Now with three locations, the Bling Pig Tavern has become that of lore when anybody not from Athens asks where they should eat during their stay or a pass through. Locations can be found on West Broad street, on College Station Rd on the Eastside, and its “newest” location in downtown Athens at 312 East Washington Street. That downtown location is actually the recent relocation of its original Baldwin Street establishment, now nestled into the streets of downtown while serving the lively crowds that make their way into town.    On Saturday, June 9th, the downtown Athens location will be serving its regular bar food and adult beverages along with a side of nostalgia. A special menu with items originally served in 1998 will be provided, which will be accompanied with their original 1998 prices. The celebration lasts all day, but ONLY at the downtown location. 
  • The No. 7 UGA softball team will begin its 2018 Women’s College World Series tonight in Oklahoma City as it takes on the No. 2 Florida Gators. This will be the fourth WCWS in program history, with the Bulldogs seeking their first ever National Championship.  Game/Series notes: #7 Georgia (48-11) #2 Florida (55-9) Date: May 31, 2018 Game Times: 7 p.m., EDT Location: Oklahoma City Stadium: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium   Media Information TV: ESPN 2 Streaming Video: Watch ESPN Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com Twitter Updates: @UGAsoftball     #7 Georgia softball is set to make its fourth Women’s College World Series appearance in Oklahoma City. The Bulldogs open WCWS play Thursday, May 31 against Southeastern Conference foe and second-ranked Florida.   The Bulldogs find themselves in bracket play with #2 Florida, #3 UCLA, and #6 Florida State. The winners of each double-elimination bracket will square off in a best-of-three finals.   Follow the Bulldogs » The 2018 Women’s College World Series will air in its entirety on the networks of ESPN. Georgia’s opening game will air on ESPN 2. Thursday’s game will feature Beth Mowins providing play-by-play with analysts Jessica Mendoza and Michele Smith along with reporter Holly Rowe. » Every game will stream online on ESPN3 and via the ESPN app. » Live stats will be available. Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule at GeorgiaDogs.com. » Live Twitter updates will be available all season long at @UGAsoftball.   Bulldog Bulletin NCAA Tournament Tidbits » 2018 is Georgia’s 17th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. » Georgia is 67-35 all-time in NCAA Tournament action, advancing to 10 Super Regionals and four Women’s College World Series. » The 2009 and 2010 seasons saw the Bulldogs advance to the Final Four. » In Regional action, Georgia is 48-17 » In Super Regional play, Georgia is 10-12 all-time; however, the Bulldogs are 8-4 in Athens. » Georgia has a 7-6 WCWS record in its history. » Athens hosted to its fifth NCAA Super Regional. Athens has hosted 10 Regionals in the past including 2018. » In Athens, Georgia is 40-11in NCAA Tournament play; in just home Regional action, UGA is 33-7. » Four current Bulldogs were part of the team that last advanced to the WCWS (2016): Cortni Emanuel, Brittany Gray, Alyssa DiCarlo, and Kylie Bass » The Bulldogs faced 14 total teams in this season’s NCAA Tournament field and posted a 23-10 record against said teams. » Of the WCWS field, Georgia faced Oregon and Florida. Georgia fell to Oregon in the second game of the season on Feb. 8. The Bulldogs did not lose again until falling to Florida in the series finale on Mar. 18 in Athens.   Series Histories Oregon - Georgia trails 1-4 » All five meetings have been on neutral fields, most recently in Tempe, Arizona on Feb. 8, 2018. Oregon bested the Bulldogs 8-3. Florida - Georgia trails 26-39 » For the first time since 2011, Georgia won a series against Florida. Game two featured a run-rule of the Gators, the first since Apr. 2, 2006 (12-4, 6 innings) » In the postseason, the Bulldogs have won four of the last five meetings including sweeping the Gators in the 2016 Super Regional » Georgia and Florida met in the World Series in 2010; Georgia won 3-2 UCLA - Georgia trails 2-14 » Georgia’s postseason history with UCLA includes the 2005 and 2008 Super Regionals (UCLA won both) and a meeting in the 2010 World Series (UCLA won 5-2) Oklahoma - Georgia leads 3-2 » Georgia and Oklahoma have never met in the postseason, only in early season tournaments, the last in 2015 at the Mary Nutter Challenge in California Washington - Georgia trails 4-9 » Georgia has played Washington in two Regionals (2004, 2007) and two World Series (2009, 2010). Each have two wins in WCWS meetings » Last meeting was in 2013 at the Cathedral City Classic Florida State - Series tied 8-8 » Last five meetings have been in the postseason including last year’s Tallahassee Regional and a meeting in the 2016 World Series; Georgia won 5-4 Arizona State - Georgia Trails 0-4 » Last met in the 2013 Athens Regional; Georgia lost both meetings » Prior to 2013, the Bulldogs and Sun Devils last met in 2001 in the Fiesta Bowl Classic in Arizona   Tournament Recap to this Point Georgia has swept its way to its fourth WCWS appearance. The Bulldogs defeated Harvard and Northwestern (twice) to win the Athens Regional. Georgia edged #10 Tennessee twice to clinch the Super Regional crown. The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 33-13, hitting .339 as a team and slugging nine home runs. Alyssa DiCarlo is hitting .750 with eight RBI, four home runs, and a 1.917 slugging percentage and .824 on base clip. In the circle, the staff has recorded a 1.60 ERA. Mary Wilson Avant (1.60 ERA) has worked 21.1 innings, almost 61 percent of total innings, earning three wins. Kylie Bass has worked 10.1 innings with a 2-0 record and a 2.03 ERA in the postseason.   Georgia reached the WCWS in 2009 and 2010 with perfect 5-0 records as well.   Georgia in the Top 25 The Bulldogs drew the #7 national seed of the NCAA Tournament, it was announced on Selection Sunday.   The Bulldogs fell to #9 in the week 14 USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll while also falling to #12 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll.   Georgia Sweeps Athens Regional The seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs swept the NCAA Athens Regional last weekend, defeating Harvard and Northwestern. Georgia outscored opponents 27-9, slugging six home runs and hitting .390 as a team in three games. The last time Georgia swept a Regional was 2012, also in Athens.   Bulldogs Edge Tennessee in Super Regional Georgia earned a pair of one-run victories over #10 Tennessee in the Athens Super Regional. Friday’s game saw Georgia hold a 4-0 lead going to the sixth inning. Tennessee plated two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to narrow the lead but the Bulldogs were able to strand the go-ahead runs on base to take a 1-0 lead in the series with the 4-3 win. Saturday’s game featured a pitcher’s duel with the game remaining scoreless through six innings. Mary Wilson Avant recorded a no-hitter into the sixth. An RBI triple by Alyssa DiCarlo plated the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Tennessee answered with a two-out RBI single to tie the game and force extra innings. In her final at bat at Jack Turner Stadium, Cortni Emanuel blasted her third career home run to put Georgia back in front in the eighth inning, 2-1. In the bottom of the inning, Ciara Bryan made a catch at the wall in left center for out number two, potentially saving a run. A come-backer to Avant was the final out, sending Georgia to the Women’s College World Series.   Seven Bulldogs Earn NFCA All-Region Honors Seven Bulldogs were named NFCA All-Southeast Region: Brittany Gray, Alyssa DiCarlo, and Cortni Emanuel were all named First Team All-Region. Alysen Febrey was Georgia’s lone Second Team selection while Justice Milz, Kendall Burton, and Ciara Bryan all earned Third Team accolades.   This is the second time Georgia has landed seven All-Region honors, tying the program record set in 2014 and 2015. Three First-Team honors is the most since Georgia had four in 2006. The most first teamers came the season prior in 2005 with five selections. For senior Emanuel, this is her fourth All-Region honor in her career, third as a First Team selection. DiCarlo picks up her second All-Region nod.   DiCarLONG Ball Junior Alyssa DiCarlo has knocked a team-leading 20 home runs this season, cracking Georgia’s single-season top-10 list to rank fifth. In her career, she ranks seventh all-time with 44 home runs. Her 20 is a career-high in a season for the Arizona native.   In the second game of the Athens Regional, DiCarlo tied an NCAA Tournament record with three home runs. The last Georgia player to hit three home runs in a game was Geri Ann Glasco (at South Carolina, Apr. 2013). She is the first player since Amber Flores (2010, Oklahoma) to hit three home runs in the NCAA Tournament. DiCarlo is only the fourth player to accomplish the feat. She became only the second Georgia player to do it, Glasco being the first.   She has also cracked the career list with 193 RBI. With 66 this season, she has cracked the single-season top-10 list for the second time. She is tied for fourth with 66 RBI this season. Her 64 RBI in 2017 ranks tied for eighth.   Harris-Champer Named SEC Coach of the Year Lu Harris-Champer, who wins her third SEC Coach of the Year honor (2003, 2005) guided the Bulldogs to a 43-10 regular-season record, finishing second in the SEC with a 16-8 clip. Georgia’s second-place exceeded expectations as the Bulldogs were picked to finish ninth in the Preseason Poll, finishing in last place a season ago. Georgia won seven of eight conference series including wins over then #2 Florida, #7 Tennessee, and #17 Alabama. The Bulldogs opened the season 26-1, the best start in school history, including a 25-game winning streak to tie the program record. 2018 is the 16th40-win season under Harris-Champer. Georgia’s 16 SEC wins are the most since 2012 (17). The Bulldogs are expected to make their 17th-consecutive NCAA Regional appearance this month.   Four Bulldogs Earn All-SEC Honors Pitcher Brittany Gray, infielder Alyssa DiCarlo, and outfielder Cortni Emanuel earned First Team All-SEC accolades while infielder Justice Milz earned Second Team honors. The honors for Gray and Milz are firsts in their careers while Emanuel earns her fourth (All-Freshman Team in 2015, Second Team in 2016, then First Team in 2017). It’s the third-straight for DiCarlo (First Team, All-Freshman in 2016; Second Team in 2017).   Emanuel, DiCarlo Names Top 25 Finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year Cortni Emanuel and Alyssa DiCarlo were named two of 25 finalists for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. 2018 is the second time Georgia has landed two on the finalist list, the other being 2015 (Alex Hugo, Paige Wilson). Georgia has had six top-25 finalists for the award in the program’s history. Alisa Goler (2009) is Georgia’s lone top-10 finalist. The 2018 season is Emanuel’s second-straight season on the list.   Gray, Emanuel Selected in NPF Draft Seniors Brittany Gray and Cortni Emanuel were drafted in the 2018 National Pro Fastpitch Draft Monday evening. Gray was selected by the Beijing Shougang Eagles as the 14th pick while Emanuel was selected as the 23rd pick by the USSSA Pride.   Gray and Emanuel become the 12th and 13th Georgia Bulldogs to be drafted in the NPF. Gray is the highest pick out of Georgia since Chelsea Wilkenson was taken as the 14th pick in 2016. 2016 was also the last time Georgia had two student-athletes drafted in the same year.   Shout-outs for Shutouts The Georgia pitching staff has recorded 22 shutouts in 2018. UGA’s record for shutouts in a season is 33 set in 2003.   The Bulldogs recorded six-consecutive shutouts from Feb. 17-24, tying a program record set twice, first in 2003 then again in 2016.   Down But Not Out Georgia has come back to win five games when trailing after six innings this season. Three wins have been on the road while comebacks at home have been against Florida and Alabama.   In the road series at Mississippi State, Georgia found itself down a run in the top seventh with two out in every game. The Bulldogs either tied or took a lead in each game with one out left, winning games Friday and Sunday.   Emanuel Joins Greatness In the Apr. 8 game against Missouri, Cortni Emanuel recorded her 300th career hit. She becomes only the third Georgia player with 300 career hits, joining Nicole Barber and Kim Wendland. She moved into second all-time during the Alabama series. She is also only one of four with over 200 runs scored at Georgia.   Winning Series is Key Georgia won seven of eight Southeastern Conference series played. Georgia won all but one league series in 2006, a season after winning all 10 series in 2005. Game three of the series has been a rubber game in four of seven SEC series. Georgia won the opening game of the series six times.   A Power-Packed Offense At the plate, Georgia leads the SEC in four offensive categories including batting average (.335), slugging (.528), hits (524), and total bases (825).   In the country, Georgia’s team batting average ranks third while slugging ranks fifth and coming in ninth in on base pct. and 12th in scoring (6.08 runs/game).    
  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference has announced Georgia head softball coach Lu Harris-Champer the 2018 SEC Coach of the Year. Four Bulldog student-athletes earned All-SEC honors including three First Team selections, the league announced Tuesday.   Pitcher Brittany Gray, infielder Alyssa DiCarlo, and outfielder Cortni Emanuel earned First Team All-SEC accolades while infielder Justice Milz earned Second Team honors.   “It’s an honor to be recognized by the coaches in the SEC – I have so much respect for each of them for the way their teams compete and the excellence they bring to the sport we love,” Harris-Champer said. “Crew 22’s determination, hard work, and mindset is a joy to work with every day. It has been a blessing to coach alongside the great minds of Tony Baldwin, Rachele Fico, and Brock Van Faussien. Together, they embody the goal of our program to grow strong, confident young women. Simply put, I love Crew 22.”   Harris-Champer, who wins her third SEC Coach of the Year honor (2003, 2005) guided the Bulldogs to a 43-10 regular-season record, finishing second in the SEC with a 16-8 clip. Georgia’s second-place exceeded expectations as the Bulldogs were picked to finish ninth in the Preseason Poll, finishing in last place a season ago. Georgia won seven of eight conference series including wins over then #2 Florida, #7 Tennessee, and #17 Alabama. The Bulldogs opened the season 26-1, the best start in school history, including a 25-game winning streak to tie the program record. 2018 is the 16th 40-win season under Harris-Champer. Georgia’s 16 SEC wins are the most since 2012 (17). The Bulldogs are expected to make their 17th-consecutive NCAA Regional appearance this month.   For the fourth time in her career, Emanuel earns All-SEC honors. She was honored on the All-Freshman Team in 2015, Second Team in 2016, then First Team a season ago. Emanuel leads the conference this season batting .443 while also leading in hits (82) and ranking third in runs scored (58). In her senior season, she was swiped an SEC-best 47 bags. It's the third time in her career she has cracked Georgia's single-season top-10 list in the category. In her career, Emanuel is one of only three Georgia Bulldogs to record 300 hits in her career, ranking second all-time with 322. She also ranks third with 216 runs scored. She ranks second in career stolen bases with 166 behind Nicole Barber's 257.   DiCarlo picks up All-SEC honors for the third time in a Bulldog uniform (First Team, All-Freshman in 2016; Second Team in 2017). is batting .369 while slugging .769. She has driven in 58 runs including knocking 14 doubles and 16 home runs. She has recorded 123 total bases during her junior campaign. In the league, DiCarlo ranks third in slugging and eighth in RBI. She comes in at second in home runs. Her run production ranks fifth in the country while her 16 home runs ranks eighth.   Despite suffering a season-ending injury, Gray’s spectacular senior season landed her a spot on the First Team All-SEC roster, her first All-SEC honor of her career. She went 16-1 in the circle with a 0.48 ERA with 134 strikeouts. Her 2018 ERA qualified for the best single-season ERA at Georgia. She earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors to begin the 2018 season. In her career, she ranks fifth in wins (60), ERA (2.06), and appearances (126) while coming in sixth in strikeouts (495), games started (84), shutouts (22.5), and innings pitched (518.2).    Milz, a sophomore, lands a spot on the Second Team, her first All-SEC honor. She has started all 53 games at second base this season. At the plate, she’s batting .364, scattering 60 hits including 11 doubles and 12 home runs with 52 runs batted in. She’s slugging .648 with a .434 on base clip.   Florida’s Amanda Lorenz was named the 2018 SEC Player of the Year while Kelly Barnhill earned Pitcher of the Year. Mia Davidson from Mississippi State was crowned Freshman of the Year. Katie Reed of Kentucky earned Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.   Georgia will open SEC Tournament play Thursday at 2:30 p.m., EDT, against the winner between Arkansas and Kentucky. The Bulldogs will carry the #2 seed in the tournament.
  • Several items stolen from former UGA linebacker Roquan Smith’s car were recovered late Tuesday night, including his prized Rose Bowl and National Championship jerseys.  Summerville Police (Chattooga County) recovered the items from a teenager who is attending the University of Georgia. A fingerprint recovered from Smith’s car in which the items were stolen lead police to the teenager. The suspect allegedly confessed to Summerville Police that he had taken the items in Athens and brought them to his father’s residence in Summerville.  The Athens-Clarke County Police were notified of the recovery, and arrived late Tuesday night to take possession of the items.  Other items stolen from the car included electronics and an iPad issued to Smith by the Chicago Bears, the team that drafted him in the first round of last month’s NFL Draft. Those items were not recovered with the jerseys.  The name of the teenager has not yet been released. 
  • Sasser Earns National and SEC Player of the Week Honors   Georgia Sports Communications/For Immediate Release/May 7, 2018   ATHENS-----Georgia junior first baseman Adam Sasser has been named Collegiate Baseball’s National Player of the Week as well as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.   A 6-4, 245-pound native of Evans, Ga., Sasser batted .538 (7-for-13) with four home runs and 10 RBI to lead Georgia to a three-game SEC road sweep of Missouri. He tied a school record with three home runs in one game in Georgia’s 10-6 win on Thursday. On Saturday, he belted his fourth home that capped a 10-pitch at bat in the team’s 7-1 victory.   Sasser leads the team with a .343 batting average, ranks second on the club with eight home runs and third in RBI with 39. He is Georgia’s leading hitter in SEC action at .381-5-24. He has played in 46 games with 39 starts at first base.   The Bulldogs (33-14) own a No. 4 RPI (Rating Percentage Index) according to the NCAA and are a consensus top 20 ranked team. They are ranked as high as No. 9 in Collegiate Baseball’s weekly top 30. Up next, Georgia faces Georgia TechTuesday in the 16th annual Farmview Spring Classic For Kids at SunTrust Park, a benefit for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Tickets and parking can be purchased through Ticketmaster at this link: http://gado.gs/919 First pitch will be at 7:02 p.m. and be televised by the SEC Network and available via the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   
  • ATHENS, Ga. — Redshirt freshman Alex Diaz clinched a thrilling 4-3 victory for the Georgia Bulldog men’s tennis team over the No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats to conclude the regular season at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on Sunday afternoon.   The No. 25 Bulldogs (12-9, 5-7) earned their second-straight win against a ranked Southeastern Conference opponent, capping off the final weekend with wins over the Wildcats and No. 22 Vanderbilt.   “We showed resilience and toughness to kind of hang in there and make a match out of every single court. We just persevered and that’s all we can do at this time,” Georgia head coach Manuel Diaz said. “Great job by Alex [Diaz] today pulling that one out against a veteran player and in a tough situation and tough atmosphere. Having both teams right there in the pressure of the moment, he did very well.”   Georgia contended closely in doubles play against the Wildcats. The 15th-ranked pair of sophomore Robert Loeb and junior Jan Zielinski matched Kentucky’s No. 36 duo of Cesar Bourgois and Gus Benson to a score of four-all. Bourgois and Benson pushed past the Bulldog team for a 6-4 final.   Redshirt freshman Alex Diaz and junior Emil Reinberg led Ryotaro Matsumura and Trey Yates on court three at 5-4 when their match concluded. Sophomore Nathan Ponwith and senior Wayne Montgomery dropped a 6-3 decision to Will Bushamuka and Austin Hassey on court two, giving Kentucky the doubles point.   The Bulldogs ratcheted up their play in singles. All of the first four singles matches advanced into third sets, with Reinberg and Zielinski earning third-set victories after dropping their first and second sets, respectively.   Reinberg, ranked No. 59 nationally, downed Trey Yates on court three by way of a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 decision. The 38th-ranked Zielinski secured his third-straight win on court two with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 win over No. 53 Will Bushamuka. The junior from Warsaw now owns 10 wins over ranked opponents this season, as he posted a stellar 16-2 record in dual play and 8-2 record in SEC play this season.   No. 93 Ponwith regrouped from a 6-4 first set loss to win the second set 6-1, but dropped the third set 6-3 to Austin Hussey on court four. No. 29 Montgomery earned an 8-6 battle in the first tiebreaker over No. 9 Matsumura, but dropped the next two sets 7-5, 6-2.   With the Bulldogs down 3-2, Loeb and Diaz mounted the comeback for the win. Loeb defeated Cesar Bourgois 6-2, 6-4 on court five to tie the score at three. The Hilton Head, South Carolina, native finished the regular season with a 9-3 record in dual play.   Diaz clinched the match on court six, winning 6-4 in the first set and then holding off Gus Benson’s rally in the second set, winning a tiebreaker 7-5 and sealing the 4-3 Georgia win.   Next up, the Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the 2018 SEC Men’s Tennis Tournament, hosted by the University of Alabama on April 26-29. The official bracket will be released this week.   Tennis Match Results Kentucky vs Georgia April 15, 2018 at Athens, Ga. (Dan Magill Tennis Complex)   #25 Georgia 4, #18 Kentucky 3 Singles Results 1. #9 Ryotaro Matsumura (UK) def. #29 Wayne Montgomery (UGA) 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-2 2. #38 Jan Zielinski (UGA) def. #53 Will Bushamuka (UK) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 3. #59 Emil Reinberg (UGA) def. Trey Yates (UK) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 4. Austin Hussey (UK) def. #93 Nathan Ponwith 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 5. Robert Loeb (UGA) def. Cesar Bourgois (UK) 6-2, 6-4 6. Alex Diaz (UGA) def. Gus Benson (UK) 6-4, 7-6 (5)   Doubles Results 1. #36 Cesar Bourgois/Gus Benson (UK) def. #15 Robert Loeb/Jan Zielinski (UGA) 6-4 2. Will Bushamuka/Austin Hassey (UK) def. Wayne Montgomery/Nathan Ponwith (UGA) 6-3 3. Alex Diaz/Emil Reinberg (UGA) vs. Ryotaro Matsumura/Trey Yates (UK) 5-4 (uf)   Match Notes: Kentucky 14-10, 7-5; National ranking #18 Georgia 12-9, 5-7; National ranking #25 Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,4,3,1,5,6)
  • ATHENS---- The 18th-ranked Georgia baseball team will face eighth-ranked Clemson Tuesday at SRP Park, the new home of the Augusta Green Jackets in North Augusta, S.C. First pitch will be at 6:30 p.m. and be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG. There is no television for this contest.   Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin has the Bulldogs off to their best start in nine years. After 32 games, the Bulldogs mark of 23-9 is the best since the 2009 club roared out a 26-6 start. Georgia is ranked as high as No. 10 this week in the top 25 polls while Clemson (25-7) checks in as high as No. 3. In the latest NCAA Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), the Tigers are No. 5 while the Bulldogs are No. 8. Clemson gave up its home game to play at SRP Park, and it will be the home team. The two squads will meet again next Tuesday in Athens at Foley Field.   Georgia will start sophomore right-hander Tony Locey (6-0, 3.07 ERA) while the Tigers counter with freshman right-hander Spencer Strider (3-0, 4.12 ERA). Last Tuesday against Georgia Tech, Locey was on a pitch count and tossed two innings before giving way to the bullpen including junior Kevin Smith who picked up a win in a combined four-hit shutout. Smith struck out a career-high nine in 4.1 innings. This past weekend, the Bulldogs dropped their first SEC series of the year, going 1-2 at No. 15 Vanderbilt. Meanwhile, the Tigers won a road series over Notre Dame 2-1.   Locey is no stranger to pitching in professional ballparks. Last year, he pitched one scoreless inning of relief at SunTrust Park (home of the Atlanta Braves) in the first game open to the public as Georgia faced Missouri on April 8. The game drew a crowd of 33,025, which was the second largest in college baseball history. Then on May 9, he started at SunTrust Park against Georgia Tech and tossed four scoreless innings in front of a crowd of 23,737. He got a no decision and Georgia went on to win 8-7 to sweep the season series.   The Tigers won both on-campus meetings against the Bulldogs the past two years. Last season, they registered a 4-0 win in Athens and a 9-7 victory in Clemson. Georgia’s last win over the Tigers came when it swept the two-game set in 2015.   Georgia is batting .287 with a 3.54 ERA and a .978 fielding percentage. Clemson is hitting .248 with a 3.14 ERA and a .976 fielding percentage. The Bulldogs look to have their leading hitter, senior Keegan McGovern (.364-10-31) return for this weekend’s SEC series with No. 11 Kentucky (22-10, 5-7 SEC), according to Strickin. He left last Friday’s game at No. 15 Vanderbilt after tweaking his back. McGovern is one of four Bulldog regulars hitting at least .300 along with junior designated hitter Michael Curry (.339-6-33), junior first baseman Adam Sasser (.318-2-23) and redshirt freshman catcher Mason Meadows (.314-2-16).   Georgia returns to Foley Field Friday when it starts an SEC series against the nationally ranked Wildcats.   Pitching Matchups: UGA vs. Clemson Tues. at 6:30 pm ET: Tony Locey (6-0, 3.07 ERA), RHP, So. vs. Spencer Strider (3-0, 4.12 ERA), RHP, Fr.    Television/Radio TV: None Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (David Johnston & Jeff Dantzler) Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), also via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app.  
  • ATHENS, Ga. – Four Bulldog pitchers combined to propel the No. 17 Georgia baseball team past Georgia Tech, 4-0, Tuesday evening in front of a season-high, sold out crowd of 3,730 at Foley Field.   For the fourth time in the past six games, the Bulldogs (22-7) have held their opponent scoreless. In total, it marks the sixth shutout of the season – the most since the 2006 Georgia team that advanced to the College World Series and tallied eight shutouts.   The feat almost didn’t fester as the Yellow Jackets (17-12) appeared to take an early 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, but a video review eradicated the play. The play was overturned; proving Tucker Bradley’s throw from right field paired with Mason Meadows’ tag beat the runner’s hand on the plate thus ending the inning.   From that point forward, the game entered into a pitchers’ duel featuring Georgia Tech’s starter Brant Hurter and Georgia’s duo of starter Tony Locey and then reliever Kevin Smith.   Through six innings, Hurter (2-2) yielded five hits and one run, while the Bulldog twosome kept the Yellow Jackets to just three hits. Locey struck out four of the seven batters he faced in two innings, while Smith (4-1) followed with a career-high nine strikeouts over 4.1 innings.    Hurter settled back in after giving up one fourth-inning run, however the Bulldogs chased him out of the game in the seventh. In a display of small ball, the Bulldogs produced three runs on five singles.   After a leadoff single by LJ Talley, Meadows offered himself up on a potential sacrifice bunt, but the Georgia Tech catcher unsuccessfully tried for Talley at second. Next, streaking down the line and safe was Tucker Maxwell on a bunt to load the bases. Hurter induced a fielder’s choice at home to get the leadoff runner, before exiting.   Upon the pitching change, consecutive run-scoring singles followed from Aaron Schunk, Keegan McGovern and Michael Curry, extending the Georgia lead to 4-0.   With the lead, Zac Kristofak and Aaron Schunk closed out the game on the mound to secure the shutout of game one of the Georgia Tech series. The second game is scheduled for April 24 on the Georgia Tech campus, while the final game will be at SunTrust Park on May 8.   Dawg Tracks- In the first inning, Keegan McGovern and Michael Curry both extended their streak of reaching base safely to 19 games. Additionally, Mason Meadows’ RBI single in the fourth extended the catcher’s on-base streak to 13 straight games. -Georgia starter Tony Locey threw two scoreless innings and struck out four of the seven batters faced to start the staff night. Locey has now gone 13.1 straight innings without giving up a run, dating back to March 13 vs. Kennesaw State. -Following Locey, Kevin Smith pitched 4.1 scoreless innings, striking out a career-high nine batters. The nine sent down tied for the most this season by a Bulldog (Chase Atkins vs. Toledo; 3/9/18) -Georgia has nine more wins than it had last year on April 3.  Coach's CornerIke Cousins Head Baseball Coach Scott Stricklin On the overall performance... 'I thought we pitched really well, and we got those big hits in the seventh inning to expand that lead. The middle of the order got it done – Schunk, McGovern and Curry came up with some big hits. The bottom line, we relied on our pitching staff today. Locey gave us a good start with two innings, and then Kevin Smith was lights out. Nine strikeouts, four and a third. Then, Kristofak and Schunk shut it down.'   On the sellout crowd... 'It was great. There were no seats; we were overflowed. That's what we want. The biggest thing for me is we played really well and got a win, and they'll come back. So we got people excited, and we're excited about the way we're playing, so we hope they keep coming back.' Player's PerspectiveJunior LHP #15 Kevin Smith On his approach on the mound... 'I felt really good. All three pitches were working, so I had a little more back than usual today.'   On the pitching staff's confidence level... 'Our offense is really good. Their pitcher is really good for them, but [the offense] knows we can hold them to minimal runs.'   On the sellout crowd... 'It's good. If we keep winning, the fans come. It's fun to watch. We're playing well right now; it's really fun.' Next UpGeorgia return to the road and to the Southeastern Conference schedule this weekend with a three-game series against No. 16 Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. The series opener is slotted for Thursday, April 5th at 7 p.m. and it will be aired on ESPNU.
  • ATHENS----Georgia faces another stern test when it plays host to No. 15 Texas A&M in a Southeastern Conference showdown starting Thursday. First pitch will be at 5:02 p.m. The entire series will be televised on SEC Network+ and be available on the Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.   The Bulldogs (19-6, 5-1 SEC) are riding a seven-game winning streak and are 12-1 over their past 13 games. Georgia is 14-1 at home this season while the Aggies are 5-3 on the road. After two weekends of league play, Georgia and Vanderbilt (17-8, 5-1 SEC) are co-leaders in the SEC with a 5-1 SEC mark. Dating back to last season, the Bulldogs have won five straight SEC series with the most recent one a sweep of South Carolina. It marked Georgia’s fifth straight series win over the Gamecocks and first sweep of them since 2008. Also, it was Georgia’s first SEC sweep since 2015 (at Tennessee) and first SEC home sweep since 2012 (Auburn). At 5-1 in the SEC, this is Georgia’s best start since 2002 when it began 7-2. Currently, Arkansas (17-7, 4-2 SEC) and Ole Miss (22-3, 4-2 SEC) share the lead in the Western Division.   The Aggies (20-6, 2-4 SEC) own one of the nation’s top pitching staffs, and they enter the series with a 2.60 ERA and holding opponents to a .223 batting average. Texas A&M opened the SEC slate by dropping a road series to then No. 14 Auburn (2-1) and then lost a home series to then No. 5 Ole Miss (2-1).   Georgia and Texas A&M did not meet until the Aggies joined the SEC, and the Bulldogs served as their first league opponent in 2013. That year, the Aggies swept the Bulldogs in College Station (4-1, 2-1{10} and 11-4). In 2014, Georgia claimed the series 2-1 in Athens, winning 3-2, 6-1 and then dropped the finalé 9-5. The last series came in 2016 back in College Station, and the Aggies posted another sweep, outscoring the Bulldogs 30-3. Thus, Texas A&M leads the series 7-2. In SEC action this year, Georgia is batting .282 with a 3.90 ERA and a .983 Fielding Percentage. The Aggies in SEC play are hitting .250 with a 4.50 ERA and a .957 Fielding Percentage. Both teams are employing their same rotation as last week even with the series moved up a day to Thursday-Saturday due to Easter.   Offensively, Georgia has been led by senior outfielder Keegan McGovern (.378-10-30), sophomore third baseman/pitcher Aaron Schunk (.306-0-16; 1-0, 0.77 ERA, 2 SV, 11.2 IP, 1BB, 16K), junior designated hitter Michael Curry (.347-5-28) and junior first baseman Adam Sasser (.333-2-19). Curry has an 11-game hitting streak. McGovern ranks among the top 10 in the SEC in numerous offensive categories including second in home runs. Schunk had a career-best 16 game-hitting streak end during the USC series but did register his first two career saves.   The Bulldogs appear in two of the four national top 25 polls this week, checking in at No. 23 in Collegiate Baseball’s Top 30 and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Georgia is not in the top 25 polls of Baseball America or D1Baseball.   Pitching Matchups: UGA vs. Texas A&M Thursday: Chase Adkins (2-0, 4.34), RHP, Sr. Vs. Stephen Kolek (3-2, 1.70), RHP, Jr. Friday: Emerson Hancock (3-1, 3.60), RHP, Fr. Vs. John Doxakis (4-0, 1.59), LHP, So. Saturday: Ryan Webb (1-1, 2.88), LHP, Fr. Vs. Mitchell Kilkenny (5-0, 1.86), RHP, Jr.   Television/Radio TV: SEC Network+ (Matt Stewart & Jason Jacobs) Radio: Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG College (David Johnston & Jeff Dantzler) Stations: 960 AM-WRFC and selected affiliates (check your local listings), also via the Georgia Bulldogs app and TuneIn app.   Additional Coverage on Twitter: @BaseballUGA    Tickets/Promotions/Reminder Clear Bag Policy -Foley Field – Gates/Ticket Booth open 2 hours before first pitch. -Reserved Seat Tickets: $8; General Admission Tickets: $5 -Order online or by calling 1-877-542-1231 -UGA Student Tickets: Free Admission with valid UGA Student ID Card -UGA Student Gate is located off Rutherford Street   Promotions Thursday: Utz is giving away 1,000 bags of chips Friday: The first 1,000 fans receive a Georgia Baseball mini-bat Saturday: Anthem Buddies: Kids can stand on the field with the Bulldogs during the national anthem Saturday Postgame: Kids Run The Bases, Play Catch In The Outfield   Foley Field Follows SEC’s Clear Bag Policy In order to enhance safety and expedite fan entry at Georgia athletic events, UGA follows the SEC’s Clear Bag Policy at Foley Field and all other athletic facilities. Only one clear bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches (gallon size) per person is permitted. Fans are also allowed a small clutch purse not exceeding 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Also, Seat cushions/backs should be no bigger than 16 inches and have no arms or pockets.  
  • ATHENS, Ga. – Seventh-ranked Georgia softball won its midweek series with in-state foe Georgia Southern Wednesday evening, 10-3.   The Bulldogs (27-2) scored in every inning and outhit the Eagles (19-9) 13-to-6. Sophomore second baseman Justice Milz scattered three hits to lead the Georgia offense. Five other Bulldogs each had two hits in the contest while sophomore first baseman Alysen Febrey drove in three runs.   Sophomore right-handed pitcher Mary Wilson Avant pitched three scoreless innings in her second start of the season. She allowed just one hit and fanned five. Freshman right-hander Lauren Mathis pitched two innings in relief in the circle, allowing both Eagle runs. Sophomore righty Amanda Ablan (2-1) earned the win as she pitched the final two innings, allowing a run.   The Bulldogs took a 2-0 in the first inning on a double off the bat of Febrey into right center.   Sophomore center fielder Ciara Bryan led off the bottom of the second with a triple to right center. She immediately scored on a groundout by freshman catcher Jessica Morgan, adding to the lead, 3-0.   Georgia pushed three runs across in the plate in the bottom of the third inning. The stanza began with a hit-by-pitch and back-to-back base hits to load the bases. Morgan singled to center, driving in pinch runner Tyler Armistead. A wild pitch in the dirt scored senior right fielder Kendall Burton. A dropped fly ball off the bat of senior left fielder Cortni Emanuel plated Bryan, lengthening the lead to 6-0 after three.   Two runs came in to score on a base hit up the middle by Alesha Mann in the Eagles’ half of the fifth, narrowing the Bulldog lead to 7-2.   A sacrifice fly off the bat of Febrey widened the margin back to six for Georgia in the bottom of the inning, 8-2.   Georgia Southern’s Logan Harrell hit a solo home run to left in the top of the sixth, narrowing the lead to 8-3.   The Bulldogs continued their scoring streak into the sixth with two more runs. The first scored when Emanuel stole second and the throw to the bag went array, allowing Morgan to come home. The next batter, Milz, reached on a fielding error by the first baseman, extending the inning and plating Emanuel, 10-3.   Georgia takes to the road this weekend for a three-game Southeastern Conference series with #21 Mississippi State. The series begins Friday at 7 p.m., EDT.   Head Coach Lu Harris-Champer 'I think we did a good job just coming out and playing softball. Allison did great tonight and had 3 RBIs, Justice came out and batted incredibly well, and Mary Wilson started us out excellently on the mound. Going on the road this weekend won't be very different for us because we're just going to play softball. We are really looking to take the positives out of every day, these girls can be upset by the outcome but what really matters is the process.'   Sophomore 2B Justice Milz 'I just kept thinking about the weather conditions tonight and knew I just needed to keep hitting groundballs up the middle and that's what happened. The weather doesn't change our game much we just have to maintain a solid mindset through the cold and the wind. My confidence has really skyrocketed going into Mississippi State because I've gotten out of my slump and I'm really excited about it.'   Sophomore RHP Mary Wilson Avant 'I think going out there and being able to command my pitches gave me confidence for the rest of the game. Also, knowing that my defense will always have my back. I think our reps, our hitters, and our defense doing everything we need to do has really boosted our confidence going into our series against Mississippi State. We can always keep our energy high, that's really the main thing we can work on this week.
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  • RUTLEDGE, Ga. — Driving East out of Atlanta, keep going on until there’s no evidence of civilization, exit onto Newborn Road and head south into the middle of nowhere. Turn left onto Centenniel Road, drive about a mile, then hang a right onto the gravel road known as Keencheefoonee. Proceed through the wooden gate, turn left at the horse stables pull into a dirt parking lot. Then walk downhill along an asphalt path through a shady white oak forest and emerge into sunlight and arrive at the happiest place on Earth. No, you’re not at Disney World. This place is better. You’ve arrived at Camp Twin Lakes, which for this one day at least is known as Camp Sunshine. Georgia coach Kirby Smart puts his arms around linemen Kendall Baker and Lamont Gaillard as the Bulldogs listen to a presentation by a nurse at the infirmary at Lake Twin Lakes on Wednesday. (Chip Towers/DawgNation) Longtime Georgia Bulldogs’ fans know the drill. UGA’s football team has been making this trek an hour and change south of Athens annually for most of the last 35 years. Vince Dooley, along with wife Barbara, was appointed to the Camp Twin Lakes board of directors in 1983 and the Bulldogs have been making a midsummer visit here every year since (well, every year accept for those under coach Jim Donnan, according to camp administrators). For the unenlightened, Camp Twin Lakes is a retreat in which children with cancer and their families can get away to enjoy outdoor recreational activities for the summer. It has air-conditioned cabins for “glamping,” swimming pools, lakes, a farm (complete with miniature cows and alpacas), sports playing fields, a zipline, a gymnasium and much more. All of the available activities are retrofitted to accommodate children battling different forms of cancer. And, of course, there’s an infirmary to attend to any children who might get sick — or just scrape a knee raising their buddy on one of the many trails snaking the expansive property. It’s here that one sees a whole different side of Georgia coach Kirby Smart. He completely drops his guard and relaxes. He back-slaps and jokes with his players. He peels off at the sight of any of the campers or there families. During the hour-long tour, he seems to know somebody personally at every corner and stops to chat, falling behind the tour and then double-timing it catch back up. The familiarity is because Smart has been coming to Camp Twin Lakes a very long time. He first started coming when his older brother Karl was diagnosed with leukemia in the 1990s. His brother has long since been well, but Kirby has kept coming. He came when he was an assistant coach at Valdosta State and when he was the Miami Dolphins and Alabama. “It’s convenient because I have a lake home that’s 30-45 minutes from here (on Lake Oconee),” Smart said Wednesday. “So through the years, when I was with the Dolphins or Alabama, I’d stop by. A couple of those years Karl was still here as a counselor, so being able to stop in here to see him and everybody was good. Now that he’s head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, he brings his whole team with him, including wife Mary Beth, twins Julia and Weston and little Andrew. Wednesday they had a good time posing with a cardboard cut-out of Kirby and Karl on display in the camp’s courtyard. Andrew kept asking everybody when the dodge-ball game would start, and was front and center and in the middle of everything when it did. “He needs to get smacked around a little bit,” Smart said with a chuckle. “He’s a little too brave for his own good out there. The players are scared to bean him because they know he’s mine.” “Nobody’s like Kirby,” said Mo Thrash, one of the original founders of Camp Sunshine who serves as the Bulldogs’ tour guide and taskmaster each year. “He’s come every year since he’s been out of college. He’d always call me and say, ‘Mo, can I come to camp?’ He show up, spend an hour, hour-and-a-half with me walking around the camp saying hey to kids. No press, nobody around, just being himself. Then he’d leave. He did it every year. Then he became Georgia’s head coach. He’s just very special.” Wednesday was the first of two trips that the Bulldogs will make to Camp Sunshine. In all, Smart said about 70 players signed up to participate. About the other half will come next Wednesday. The first group seemed to include a lot of freshmen and first-year players. Notre Dame transfer Jay Hayes, wearing his new number 97 Georgia jersey, was front-and-center for many of the activities. So was long and tall true freshman Tommy Bush, until they went to alpaca pin. The nearly 6-foot-6 tall receiver, wearing the No. 12, eased to the back of the pack when the group was asked to pet the odd-looking creatures. The many interactions with the campers and staff were entertaining to observe. The players were split into two groups and toured opposite ends of the complex. When being shown the cabins where the campers stay, the girls of Cabin 10 came pouring out and high-fived every player. “Oh my  God, they’re all so tall,” one of the young teens shouted. The residents are not all Georgia fans, either. At the intersection of two paths, a young man named William yelled, “go Gators.” To that the jersey-wearing group responded with a collective, “boo!”, then just laughed it off. In the cafeteria, Smart made a beeline to a young man wearing Alabama gear, including a crimson-and-white cast on his right leg. Colton, who’s 14, said he first met Smart when he was an assistant for the Crimson Tide. “Now he tries to talk me into being a Georgia fan, but he knows I won’t convert,” Colton said. Thrash showed the team the lake and pointed to the zipline and ropes course far across on the other side. “What’s the weight capacity on that?” Smart asked loud enough for everyone to hear. “We’ve got some people here we think can break it “Be sure to keep Fernando off it,” he added, referring to support staffer and former Georgia and NFL offensive lineman Fernando Velasco. At the heart of it all, though, is a serious message. “You guys are heroes to these kids; you’re heroes to me,” Thrash said when he huddled up the team at the outset of the tour. “So go in here, look around the place, see what we do, say hello to the kids, get to know them a little bit and have a good time.” Said Smart: “I want them to appreciated what they have. You look at some of these kids and see how they have to struggle and go through things. Some of them are well now and they come back because they’re the hope for so many other kids who are going through what they did.” For the team, it was a well-earned reprieve. They’ve been working out and doing conditioning every morning for the last two weeks. That includes Wednesday when the players signed up for the trip had to report to the Butts-Mehre football complex at 5:30 a.m. “I don’t know if everybody slept the whole way down because I was asleep as soon as the bus pulled out,” junior tight end Isaac Nauta said. Participants range from players like Nauta and senior center Lamont Gaillard, who have been every year since they arrived on campus, to junior running back Elijah Holyfield, who was making his first trip Wednesday. “My freshman and sophomore years I was kind of trying to do too much,” Holyfield said. “Finally I said I’ve got to go this year because everybody was talking about how much fun it is. I knew I had to do it before I left Georgia and I loved it, so I’ll be back next week as well.” It was especially re-energizing for the freshmen, who have known nothing but regimen and brutal intensity since they arrived on campus May 31. “I think they can finally see that there’s a human side to everybody and you can go out and have fun,” Smart quipped. Camp Sunshine unique to the University of Georgia. Located 51 miles east of downtown Atlanta, the camp is located in the heart of Bulldog Country. No other teams make the pilgrimage to the East Georgia outback. Just the Bulldogs. “It’s only a Georgia thing,” Thrash said. “We’d love for other teams to come in. But it’s always special when the Georgia Bulldogs come in. They’re part of Camp Sunshine.” A happy place indeed. The post Camp Sunshine is strictly a Bulldogs’ thing, and something Kirby Smart loves appeared first on DawgNation.
  • TORONTO (AP) - The better J.A. Happ pitches for the Toronto Blue Jays, the better the chance he finishes the season with another team. Happ pitched a season-high 8 1/3 innings to win his fifth straight decision, Kendrys Morales hit a two-run home run and the Blue Jays beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 Wednesday for Toronto's seventh win in eight home games. Happ (9-3) allowed four runs and six hits, walked none and struck out eight. The veteran left-hander is the first big league pitcher to record four starts this season with at least eight strikeouts and no walks. 'He's got good life on his fastball,' Atlanta's Nick Markakis said. 'He's always been a thorn in the side.' With Toronto well behind in both the AL East and the wild card standings, Happ could be a candidate for a midseason trade to a contender. 'I know he's in demand and I can see why,' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. 'If we were on the other end of it, I'd want him, too.' Happ is in the final season of a three-year, $36 million contract. 'I signed to play here and try to help this team get to the playoffs,' Happ said. 'I know there may be rumors out there, but I like it here and my focus is here.' Happ improved 4-0 with a 2.72 ERA in nine career starts against the Braves. 'We knew going in it was going to be a tough ride,' Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. Happ had retired 18 of 19 before Freddie Freeman and Markakis hit back-to-back singles with one out in the ninth. Ryan Tepera came on and gave up an RBI single to Kurt Suzuki, struck out Charlie Culberson, then allowed an RBI single to Ender Inciarte, putting the tying run at second. Tepera finished it by getting Johan Camargo to fly out, earning his fifth save in eight opportunities Morales, who turned 35 Wednesday, went 2 for 3 and scored twice. He homered in the first, walked and scored in the fourth, singled in the fifth, and flied out in the eighth. Suzuki and Peter Bourjos hit solo home runs for the Braves, who lost for the second time in eight games. Atlanta began the day with an NL-best record of 43-29. Braves right-hander Anibal Sanchez (3-1) allowed four runs and five hits in five innings. 'It wasn't bad, wasn't great,' Snitker said. 'He kept us in the game, gave us a chance.' Sanchez is 0-2 with a 9.19 ERA in his past three starts against the Blue Jays. After Morales hit a two-out drive off Sanchez, his sixth homer of the season, Suzuki connected in the second, his eighth, and Bourjos tied it in the third with his first homer of the season. Toronto broke the deadlock in the fourth when Randal Grichuk hit an RBI double and Aledmys Diaz followed with a sacrifice fly. Blue Jays infielder Yangervis Solarte made it 5-2 with a two-out RBI single off A.J. Minter in the seventh. WALK THIS WAY Blue Jays C Russell Martin has walked at least once in eight straight games, matching a career-long stretch. Martin, who walked twice Wednesday, also walked in eight straight in 2013. BIRTHDAY BLASTS Morales has four home runs and eight RBIs in eight career games on his birthday. THRIVING WITH FIVE Toronto is 28-1 when scoring five or more runs. TRAINER'S ROOM Braves: Markakis started at designated hitter, the first time this season he hasn't played one of the corner outfield spots. Blue Jays: RHP Marcus Stroman (shoulder) will be activated off the disabled list to start at the Angels on Saturday, Gibbons said. Stroman is 0-5 with a 7.71 ERA in seven starts. ... 3B Josh Donaldson (left calf) left the team Wednesday and will continue working out at Toronto's spring training facility in Florida. Donaldson will not begin a rehab assignment until he is able to run the bases at full speed. UP NEXT Braves: Atlanta is off Thursday before opening a three-game home series against Baltimore on Friday. LHP Sean Newcomb (8-2, 2.70 ERA) starts for the Braves. Newcomb has won eight of his past nine decisions. The Orioles have not named a starter. Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (3-5, 4.35) starts the opener of a four-game series against the Angels. Sanchez is 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA in three June starts. LHP Tyler Skaggs (6-4, 2.81) starts for Los Angeles. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • Georgia may get one more win from its incredible Rose Bowl victory over Oklahoma in Pasadena, Calif. on New Year’s Day. Georgia’s epic comeback 54-48 win in double-overtime win over Oklahoma and Heisman Trophy-winner and eventual first-overall pick Baker Mayfield is one of the three nominees for Best Game at the annual sports awards. The other two nominees are the wild World Series Game 5 between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers and the 2018 Winter Olympics Women’s Hockey Gold Medal Game between the United States and Canada. Georgia trailed Oklahoma by 17 points before an end-of-half and Rose Bowl record 55-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship brought the Bulldogs within an even two touchdowns. They looked like a different team in the second half, putting all kinds of pressure on Mayfield while Nick Chubb and Sony Michel wore down and gashed the Sooners’ defense. A late fumble from Michel that was returned for a touchdown almost made the comeback all for naught, but Jake Fromm led the Bulldogs down the field in the final minutes, converting a third down pass to Terry Godwin near the red zone before Chubb scored again to send the game to overtime. The teams traded field goals in the first overtime, and then Lorenzo Carter used every bit of his long arms to block OU’s attempt in double overtime. Then, on the second play of Georgia’s possession, Sony Michel took the direct snap to the left and found himself wide open into the end zone, and the Rose party was on. It’s arguable the best Rose Bowl ever but definitely can go no lower than second. Vince Young defeating USC for the national championship has to receive its due. But it’s a tough argument that this ESPY should go anywhere other than Athens. You can view all of the award nominees and vote on them here. The post Georgia’s epic Rose Bowl win nominated for ESPY Award for Best Game appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily — the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the cast of DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss UGA coach Kirby Smart’s quest to keep the Bulldogs on top of the SEC. On episode No. 725 (June 20, 2018) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields. Georgia football podcast: Despite loads of attention, Justin Fields might be underrated Beginning of the show: Georgia incoming freshman quarterback Justin Fields is among the most talked about players in the country, but based on one recent evaluation he might still be underrated. I’ll talk on today’s show about how Fields’ presence impacts how UGA’s quarterback situation should be viewed. 12-minute mark: I share audio of DawgNation recruiting insider Jeff Sentell’s list of the top 2019 defensive line priorities for UGA. 15-minute mark: SEC Country’s Mike Johnson joins the show. Some of the topics covered include… Mike’s thoughts on Fields Reaction to 4-star offensive tackle Xavier Truss’ commitment An assessment of the pressure on UGA defensive line coach Tray Scott to pull together an elite collection of defensive linemen for the 2019 class And an opinion about current UGA commits taking visits to other schools 30-minute mark: I take a look at some other SEC headlines including Les Miles being asked about the LSU athletic director’s job, a preview of 5-star cornerback Derek Stingley’s commitment announcement scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, and a challenge from ESPN to some former top recruits to finally live up to the hype this season. 35-minute mark: I share another Dawg Day Q&A. End of show: I update the Gator Hater Countdown. For the Tuesday (June 19) show, click here. For the video version of the Wednesday show, click here. For older episodes of DawgNation Daily, click here. The post Georgia football podcast: Despite loads of attention, Justin Fields might be underrated appeared first on DawgNation.