The spring semester is over, but there are still some finishing touches to put on a few seasons around Athens. As you may have seen already, Brian Harman won his second career PGA Tour title with a dramatic final hole birdie. We also hired the greatest collegiate gymnast ever to see if she can replicate the first time head coach results of her mentor and current greatest collegiate gymnastics coach ever. But as for things current collegiate athletes are doing on the court, track, or field, well, I’m getting to that now.
A 20-29 overall record, with just 7 wins to 17 losses so far in SEC play, has Scott Stricklin on the hot seat himself. But before that gets discussed, his Diamond Dawgs host Mississippi St at Foley Field this weekend. Game times are 7pm Friday, 4pm on Saturday (also on SEC Network), and 1 on Sunday. Furman follows them to town Tuesday at 6, before the regular season ends with a 3 game set in Soda City, South Carolina. They may or may not make the SEC Tournament, but we did take 2 of 3 from top 5 ranked Kentucky last weekend, and completed a season sweep of Georgia Tech last night. So at least the season is ending on a high note for a very young but talented team.
The Lady Diamond Dawgs finished their season 33-21 overall, but just 6-18 in SEC games. The defeated top 25 Arkansas in the final game to take the series from them, but still failed to qualify for the SEC Tournament. That means they await a chance they get an NCAA Tournament bid, with those going out this weekend before regionals start on May 19th. They also had three women earn All-SEC honors, with Cortni Emanuel earning first team honors in the OF, while OF Sydni Emanuel and 3B Alyssa DiCarlo were on the second team.
TRACK AND FIELD
The running and throwing Dawgs put on a show over the weekend at Spec Towns. Junior Keturah Orji put up the second longest wind-legal long jump in NCAA history, along with the second longest triple jump for 2017 in the world. The team follows the Diamond Dawgs to Columbia this weekend for the SEC Championships at South Carolina. So there may be a few announcements on SEC title winners coming.
The SEC Champion men Net Dawgs are back on the courts this weekend, in Athens hosting an NCAA Regional. They’re led by the nation’s top ranked doubles team, Zielinksi and Loeb. Things start with Florida A&M Friday at 2, following a South Florida/Duke showdown. The winners meet again Saturday at 3.
Prior to that match, the Lady Dawgs will be on the courts, taking on South Carolina State Saturday at noon. Oregon and North Carolina State square off earlier that morning, with the winners of those matches Sunday at 2.
The Green Lady Dawgs entered today just below the cut line for advancing out of the NCAA regionals hosted in Athens all week. Like Falcons, they failed to rise up as Alabama, Northwestern, Michigan St, Baylor, Clemson, and North Carolina ended the season for the formerly 8th ranged women for Georgia.
Middle Tennessee St and College Grove, TN will host the men starting Monday, as they look to finish in the top 6 being joined by Central Florida, Clemson, East Tennessee State, Harvard, Kennesaw St, Lipscomb, Missouri, TCU, Texas Tech, Troy, and Vandy.
As always, GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DAWGS!!!!!!