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Friday Night Dawg Bites: Rain Delay/Bacon/Old Friends Edition

One day after former Diamond Dog Jeff Keppinger was called up to The Show by the Cincinnati Reds, the Red and Black resumed S.E.C. play by hosting former coach Ron Polk's Mississippi State squad. The visiting Bulldogs came into the game sporting a 13-9 ledger in conference play.

The Classic City Canines' last homestand of the 2007 campaign got underway with Stephen Dodson on the mound. Although the Georgia hurler allowed a leadoff single to Jeffrey Rea in the top of the first inning, this inauspicious start was rectified when Brandon Turner grounded into a double play. Dodson almost immediately got himself back into trouble, walking Edward Easley and permitting Mitch Moreland to drop a base hit into right field, but he got out of the jam by coaxing a flyout from Brian LaNinfa.

It is debatable whether a photograph of Kristin Davis really brings luck to the Georgia baseball team and, clearly, her image in no way affects the weather for the better, but, hey, do I really need an excuse at this point?

The Red and Black did a better job of taking advantage of their opportunities in the home half of the frame. After Ryan Peisel grounded out, Jonathan Wyatt belted a base hit to left field. A Gordon Beckham triple scored the Georgia center fielder and a Rich Poythress groundout brought the Bulldog shortstop home, as well. When Matt Olson was sent back to the dugout on a called third strike, the hits were even at two apiece, but the Diamond Dogs held a 2-0 advantage.

Unfortunately, after such a positive start, play was suspended due to rain in the top of the second inning. The game will resume tomorrow at 2:00 p.m., with the second outing of the series to follow immediately thereafter.

Maybe it's just all those years of watching Atlanta Braves games on TBS, but, whenever I hear the words "rain delay," I immediately think of reruns of "The Andy Griffith Show."

Our respective Friday evenings having been freed up so unexpectedly, now is as good an opportunity as any to get you caught up on what is going on in the world of University of Georgia athletics; viz.:

Is it football season yet?

In other news:

My old pals are going around the world and sending back pictures of themselves wearing other bloggers' T-shirts. I think I'm going to go drown my sorrows in some bacon!

That should be quite enough to tide you over for the evening as we await tomorrow afternoon's baseball double-header. Have a good night, everyone.

Go 'Dawgs!