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Upcoming stretch to set Dawgs postseason road

Syndication: Online Athens Joshua L. Jones / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Diamond Dawgs wrap up the regular season this week with Missouri at Foley Field starting Thursday.

As that series begins, Georgia’s postseason path is very much in play.

With a 34-18 record and 14-13 in SEC play, the Diamond Dawgs are ranked as high as 25th depending on what ranking you look at.

So given that, this team is without question in the NCAA field. Where they’ll be? That depends on many things. The first of them is how this weekend goes. A series win, not to mention a sweep, would go a long way for Georgia in earning a top-16 national seed and the right to host a regional that comes with it.

Another big factor will be the SEC Tournament May 24-29, but hinging on this weekend, UGA can help its cause and not need to make a run all the way to the title series in Hoover.

According to Baseball America, Georgia would be the second seed in the regional hosted by 16th-seed Southern Miss with other projected teams being Coastal Carolina and College of Charleston in that region.

D1Baseball.com currently projects the Dawgs being the second seed in the Tallahassee regional against Florida State, Coastal Carolina and College of Charleston with the Seminoles being the 12th seed overall.

The Dawgs are probably more in need of a strong weekend based on recent weeks.

The past three SEC series against Vanderbilt, LSU, and most recently, Tennessee have seen Georgia lose two of three games. A series win against Mizzou would not only reverse that, but also fire up some momentum just in time for the postseason.

Nolan Crisp is Thursday’s projected starter with Jonathan Cannon on Friday and Liam Sullivan on Saturday. Cannon, an all-america candiate, continues to be the strongest arm from the pitching staff, having the NCAA’s third-most wins and seventh-fewest walks.

Go Dawgs!