Georgia entered the weekend as one of the top teams in the SEC. Here came Alabama, one of the worst in the league.
On paper, some teams would be ripe for a letdown.
Not Georgia, however.
The seventh-ranked Diamond Dawgs swept the Crimson Tide, outscoring them by a combined score of 30-7, the topper of it all being Saturday’s six-hit showing by Emerson Hancock on the mound.
Not only that, but with a 42-14 and 21-9 record, the Dawgs have now set a school record for most SEC wins in a season.
It all adds up to the Bulldogs moving on to the SEC tournament as the No. 3 seed. Being within the top four is enormous - it means a first-round by and that the Bulldogs won’t play until 10:30 am (EDT) on Wednesday against Florida or Texas A&M. The others with first-round byes are Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Mississippi State.
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In the big picture, Georgia has already done a lot to earn not just the right to host a regional, but a national seed as well - the right to host the Super Regional should the Bulldogs win their regional.
By all accounts, Georgia is doing what teams need to do to make a run to Omaha - play its best baseball at the right time. With Hancock back to form, Tony Locey and CJ Smith still putting up strong showings and now with Cole Wilcox coming into his own, Georgia has four top-line starters that Scott Stricklin can trot out.
At the plate? An area of concern for this team does not appear to be so. Over the weekend, Aaron Schunk was 8-for-15 with seven RBIs, LJ Talley was 6-for 11 and John Cable had seven RBIs in that same span.
SEC Tournament Schedule
Tuesday, May 21
Game 1: No. 6 Texas A&M vs. No. 11 Florida, 9:30 a.m., SEC Network
Game 2: No. 7 Ole Miss vs. No. 10 Missouri, approximately 1 p.m., SEC Network
Game 3: No. 8 Auburn vs. No. 9 Tennessee, 4:30 p.m., SEC Network
Game 4: No. 5 LSU vs. No. 12 South Carolina, approximately 8 p.m., SEC Network
Wednesday, May 22
Game 5: No. 3 Georgia vs. Winner Game 1, 9:30 a.m., SEC Network
Game 6: No. 2 Arkansas vs. Winner Game 2, approximately 1 p.m., SEC Network
Game 7: No. 1 Vanderbilt vs. Winner Game 3, 4:30 p.m., SEC Network
Game 8: No. 4 Mississippi State vs. Winner Game 4, approximately 8 p.m., SEC Network
Thursday, May 23
Game 9: Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6, 9:30 a.m., SEC Network
Game 10: Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, approximately 1 p.m., SEC Network
Game 11: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 4:30 p.m., SEC Network
Game 12: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, approximately 8 p.m., SEC Network
Friday, May 24
Game 13: Winner Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11, 3 p.m., SEC Network
Game 14: Winner Game 10 vs. Loser Game 12, approximately 6:30 p.m., SEC Network
Saturday, May 25
Game 15: Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 11, noon, SEC Network
Game 16: Winner Game 14 vs. Winner Game 12, approximately 4 p.m., SEC Network
Sunday, May 26
Championship game, 2 p.m., ESPN2