Don’t look now, but the Dawgs are once again on a roll! After suffering their first major setback of the year — losing three consecutive conference series (after getting off to their best start since 2002) — the train appears to be back on the tracks for Georgia, who has taken five of their last six games, including their second victory over Georgia Tech, a series victory (and near sweep) of Tennessee, and now, they’ve just taken their first two from Missouri as they go for the sweep Saturday in Columbia, Missouri.
These recent victories have placed the #20 nationally-ranked Georgia Bulldogs at an impressive 31-14 overall and 14-9 in conference, already surpassing their 11-19 conference record from 2017.
Up next: the two toughest series of the year await Georgia, including #1 Florida (in Gainesville) and #5 Arkansas (in Athens) to conclude the 2018 conference schedule. Georgia currently sits 3.5 GB of Florida (17-5) in the standings heading into the pivotal series, meaning they’d more than likely need a sweep of the Gators to have a realistic chance at taking the SEC East. While that’s very unlikely, Florida isn’t unbeatable. In fact, they were recently defeated at home (for a third consecutive time, I might add) by the Mercer Bears!
Arkansas (13-8), who leads the SEC West by a healthy margin, has a nearly identical record to UGA and should make for an exciting final series to conclude the year. While I don’t expect Georgia to sweep either of these teams, these will be two very important tests for Georgia as they look ahead to the postseason with Georgia as a fringe candidate to host an NCAA regional. Recent projections have Georgia as a #2 seed in a regional, but a strong showing against two of the best teams in the nation will certainly bolster their chances at gaining a home field advantage heading into the NCAA playoffs.
Bottom line for UGA? Keep doing what they’ve done all year — take it one game at a time, keep pitching well, and let your offense carry you. If you don’t win, keep it close… prove that you can truly compete with the big boys, as they’ve shown all year.
My take: It’s been a very pleasant (and unexpected) surprise to see a renaissance of sorts in Athens this year. Georgia has played competitive baseball all year and I hope they can finish the same way started. I never imagined that — in May — we’d be talking about UGA hosting a regional (especially given last season and their strength of schedule), but here we are. (Who thought they’d be sitting comfortably in 2nd place with a shot to take the SEC East?). Let’s finish strong and surprise some folks this year. Go Dawgs!