Summer is here, and the living's easy. Georgia is or just got done with final exams for the spring, so that means most sports are finished until next school year. But there are still a few that still have work to be done. This weekend, that's baseball hosting South Carolina and softball welcoming Kentucky to town. So if you like watching sports with sticks and balls, played on a diamond, you'll be set for the next couple days around Athens.
The games at Foley Field start tonight at 7, while both Saturday and Sunday games begin at 1. They'll have a few special promotions for the weekend to enjoy, with the chance for $2 tickets tonight, and the 2004 College World Series team getting honored before the game Saturday. The first 750 fans Saturday get a free hat. And since Sunday is May 4th, the Diamond Dawgs are doing "May the 4th Be With You:", a Star Wars-themed costume contest between innings and after the game and Star Wars Episode IV will be shown on the videoboard. We like Star Wars.
And before we get off the baseball bit, there's Dawg Haus' monthly look at how former Diamond Dawgs are doing in the pros, and georgiadogs.com has a cool video about the baseball team's workouts.
Just around the corner from Foley, at Jack Turner Stadium off Milledge will be the final regular season series for softball. Admission is free as the top 20 Dawgs and top 10 Kentucky square off tonight at 6, tomorrow at 4, and then again Sunday at 1:30. Being the final regular season series, and at home, they will honor the only senior on the roster OF Tiesha Reed from Elbert County.
Reader, writer, and commenter bill.mcdaniel made his first fan post a good one, letting us know all about next weekend's NCAA Tournament tennis matches that'll be hosted in Athens for both the men and women. Hopefully he can give updates during the action.
Cleaning up some loose ends, we see that Chris Burnette and Aaron Murray joined the 2014 NFF Hampshire Honor Society. Georgia's men golfers did something nice last night for our military after finishing fourth at the SECs last weekend. Equestrian announced the signing of incoming freshman Payton Anderson and also the sister of departing senior Kate Skoglund, Kelly Skoglund. Gymnastics closed their season with the annual banquet, while Wednesday was the debut of ESPN 30 for 30s "Sarah and Suzanne", about rivals Suzanne Yoculan and Alabama's gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson. Meanwhile women's golf learned they'll begin their NCAA Tournament in Tallahassee next weekend.
Also from last week that I failed to inform you of, sophomore Chanice Porter won the long jump last week at the Drake Relays. Senior Megan Malasarte won the 800 meter run at the Des Moines, Iowa event, where sophomore Freya Jones won the javelin. Junior Carly Hamilton won the 1500 meter run at the Drake. In relay action last weekend, Georgia won the sprint medley with a quartet of junior Charles Grethen and freshmen Reggie Glover, Brandon Thompson, and Derrick White. Glover also combined with senior Johnathon Smith and sophomores Jamario Calhoun and Maurice Freeman to win the 4 x 200 m relay in Des Moines. Georgia is currently preparing for next week's Bulldog Invitational.
That's it for now, GO DAWGS!