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Diamond Dogs Likely to Return to SEC and NCAA Baseball Tournaments

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The good news is that Georgia won on Sunday. The bad news is that the three teams ahead of the Diamond Dogs in the SEC baseball standings all won on Easter, as well.

The Florida Gators, the South Carolina Gamecocks, and the Vanderbilt Commodores, all ranked in the top five nationally, are tied atop the conference at 14-4. Among the nine SEC squads trailing that trio, only the Georgia Bulldogs are above .500 in league play. At 11-7 in the conference, the Red and Black have taken every SEC series except their three-game sets with the Palmetto State Poultry and the Sunshine State Saurians, each of whom defeated the Classic City Canines twice and lost to the Athenians once. The Music City Mariners visit Foley Field to close out the regular season on May 19, 20, and 21.

The top eight teams in the league qualify for the SEC Tournament, and, as matters presently stand, Georgia would received the No. 4 seed, and would open the tourney against the No. 5 seed on the evening of May 25.

Despite their 21-20 record, however, the Diamond Dogs may well be headed for the NCAA postseason. According to Warren Nolan, the Red and Black boast a No. 17 RPI and the country’s No. 1 strength of schedule. David Perno’s club is a better baseball team than its record suggests, and, while the Bulldogs are unlikely to catch any of the three powerhouses ahead of them in the league standings, Georgia still should be looking at trips to Hoover and beyond.

Go ‘Dawgs!