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This weekend starts on Thursday: NCAA Tournaments everywhere, and baseball looks to make the SECs

John Kelley

Tennis anyone?  The NCAAs are in Athens, as it should be. has your NCAA Central.  The Athens Banner-Herald has a complete look at the women's team, the women's bracket, and the opposition. They also have a complete look at the men's team, their bracket, and a short summary on every other men's team in town.  Oh, and in case that wasn't enough, this will familiarize you with the setting of the Dan Magill complex.

Georgiadogs also has your dose of the good stuff from Nathan Pasha, and a good preview of the men's match with North Carolina tomorrow at 4 p.m.  The women are playing TODAY at 4 against Southern Cal.  The winner of Georgia and Southern Cal will take on the winner of Florida/Vandy on Saturday at, you guessed it, 4:00 in the afternoon.

Softball also welcomes NCAA Tournament action to the Classic City this weekend.  Georgia takes on Chattanooga tomorrow at 5 in their first round game following a 2:30 affair between NC State and Alabama-Birmingham.  The 4 will square off in the usual double elimination format at Jack Turner Stadium off Milledge Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  Back to back National Player of the Week Chelsea Wilkinson will lead the way from the rubber for the Dawgs.  The sophomore pitcher has been taking command all season, posting a 29-7 record, 2.04 ERA, 6 shutouts in 23 complete games, and 257 strikeouts in her just over 219 innings.  In MLB terms, I believe they call that an ace.

Men's golf has already begun their NCAA Tournament mission, as our golfers started teeing off in San Antonio at 9 am today.  The top 5 teams advance from the Briggs Ranch Golf Club to the championships in Hutchinson, Kansas.  Georgia is the top overall seed in the field, with seniors Michael Cromie, Joey Garber, and Keith Mitchell alongside sophomore Lee McCoy and freshman Greyson Sigg competing against #7 UCF, #18 UCLA, #19 Vanderbilt, and unranked College of Charleston, Columbia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Northwestern, SMU, USF, and VCU.

Baseball hopes to bounce back from Tuesday's loss to Tech by locking up a spot in Hoover against Kentucky this weekend.  Of course, the parking gods love the idea of packing this regular season concluding series on the same weekend and right next door to the tennis action.  But Foley Field will see Ryan Lawlor probably take the hill this evening at 7.  He's the usual Friday starter, but that's your usual opening game for an SEC series and this one begins on Thursday (TODAY!).  I assume tomorrow night's 7 p.m. contest will see freshman Robert Tyler take the hill (usual Saturday/game 2 of an SEC series starter), with sophomore David Sosebee the third member of this weekend's rotation.  Saturday's game starts at 1 in Foley.

Georgia's track and field crew has already begun their SECs.  The Outdoor Championships begin today in Lexington, Ky at 1:30, with live coverage of events on ESPN3 Saturday and Sunday.  Georgia's men are ranked seventh in the nation, and the women fifth, so positive results are to be expected out of several athletes competing this weekend up in the Bluegrass.

It's a big weekend, so let's Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Dawgs!