Beyond the Hedges: Dawgs competing all over the place, and competing well

UGA Sports Information, georgiadogs.com, and John Kelly
As always in the spring, UGA athletics is busy, busy, busy, so let's take a quick look at what's going on around Athens this weekend, and elsewhere as Bulldog athletes compete nationwide.

We start in Foley Field, where the Diamond Dawgs look to bounce back from a rough few games at LSU and against Clemson when top 25 Texas A&M comes to town. Games start tonight at 7, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday with Scott Stricklin running out the same weekend rotation of sophomore lefty Ryan Lawlor, followed by righty freshman Robert Tyler, and southpaw senior Patrick Boling getting the Sunday series finale. A forecast calling for a good bit of rain this weekend around the Classic City may force adjustments on game times.

At the Dan Magill Tennis Complex, Georgia's ladies will host top 10 Texas A&M tonight at 5, with Missouri coming to town Sunday at one. This evening's action will likely be on the Lindsey Hopkins Indoor Courts, while Sunday's affair will be aired live on ESPN3 as part of the USTA College MatchDay series. The men will be in College Station. First serve at Texas A&M tonight is set for 7, and it will also be aired live online at ESPN3.com as part of the new USTA College MatchDay series. With the MatchDay events, singles matches will be played first. If the match has not yet been clinched, doubles will be played using a 10-point super tiebreaker format. The first team to win two of the tiebreakers will clinch the match.

Saturday afternoon off Milledge Avenue, women's soccer will host a pair of exhibitions, against Wake Forest at 2 and Mercer at 5:30. Volleyball also gets some spring work in Saturday, hosting Georgia Southern at the Ramsey Center at 5.

For the horsey set, Georgia is already competing over in the 'wood. The SEC Championships began this morning in Blythewood, SC, starting with Auburn before facing host South Carolina or Texas A&M tomorrow at 9 a.m. if we lose today, or around 1:40 if we beat Auburn. And our editor emeritus T. Kyle King would really appreciate it if we beat Auburn, because Auburn delenda est. Also of note this week in equestrian, Kylee Arbuckle and Paige Stawicki were named the SEC's March Riders of the Month, while Liza Finsness was named a First Team All-American in Equitation on the Flat and a Second Team All-American in Equitation Over Fences. Heather Schmidt and McKenzie Lantz earned Second Team All-American honors in Horsemanship and Reining, and earning All-American Honorable Mentions are Olivia Dorey (Equitation on the Flat), Abby O’Mara (Equitation Over Fences) and Rachel Kolb (Horsemanship).

The Georgia men's swimmers are in Austin, Texas for their NCAA Championships after the women won a 6th national title last weekend. The male wet Dawgs had a solid start yesterday and currently sit 5th overall.

On the track, sophomore Chanice Porter earned SEC Women's Field Athlete of the Week for her work in the long jump. She and her teammates are at the Yellow Jacket Invitational in Atlanta this weekend as both Georgia's men's and women's track and field teams are ranked top 10 nationally.

Softball will be in Starkville, Miss. for a clash of top 20 teams with Mississippi St. They knocked off Georgia Southern 4-1 in Athens Wednesday evening.

Georgia women's golfers will be in Stockbridge at Eagles Landing Country Club Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday for the John Kirk Panther Invitational. Michael Cromie for the 5th ranked men's team was named SEC Men's Golfer of the Week after leading his team, and himself, to victory at the Linger Longer in Greensboro last weekend. Four gymnasts earned All-American honors for Danna Durante's squad. Senior Lindsey Cheek was named to the first team on bars and second team on vault and beam by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women. Chelsea Davis and Kaylan Earls were named to the first team on bars and beam, as Brittany Rogers earned second-team honors on bars and the all-around. They'll host their NCAA regional in Athens next weekend.

Oh, and technically outside the hedges also, football is practicing. GO DAWGS!

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