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Diamond Dogs making moves in polls
Georgia baseball has had its fair share of woes over the last half-decade. The Diamond Dogs haven’t posted a winning record since 2013, and Scott Stricklin has never won more than 27 games since taking over the program in 2014.
But the team is attempting to break out of that funk in a major way this season.
It seems we’re finally getting a taste of the kind of team Stricklin promised when he was hired five years ago. The Diamond Dogs (21-7, 7-2 SEC) have won nine of their last 10 games and 14 of 16. That includes a series sweep of South Carolina and a series win over Texas A&M. They’ve won six consecutive SEC series dating back to last season, and they sit tied atop the SEC standings alongside reigning national champion Florida. And now Georgia is getting its due in the various college baseball polls.
The Diamond Dogs received their highest ranking Monday in the Collegiate Baseball poll, where they stand at No. 8, up from No. 23 last week. They were ranked No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches Poll, up seven spots from No. 24. In the Baseball America rankings, they came in at No. 21.
|APRIL 2 POLLS||RANK|
|Collegiate Baseball||No. 8|
|Boyd’s World ISR||No. 13|
|USA Today Coaches Poll||No. 17|
|NCBWA Poll||No. 19|
|Baseball America||No. 21|
The Diamond Dogs will attempt to continue their hot streak Tuesday night when Georgia Tech travels to Athens for the first contest of a three-game “Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate” series spread throughout the season. (The other two games of the series will be played at Georgia Tech and SunTrust Park.) First pitch is set for 7 p.m. ET at Foley Field.
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Does size matter?
Through outstanding recruiting from Kirby Smart and offensive line coach Sam Pittman over the last couple of years, Georgia football hasn’t only gotten more talented along the offensive front, it’s also gotten much bigger. According to Seth Emerson of DawgNation, the first-team line that worked in spring practice last week weighed in at an average of 323.6 pounds, and the second team was only slightly smaller at 321.6 pounds. But Smart isn’t getting excited about the size of his line.
“Size doesn’t excite me. What’s inside that helmet does,” Smart said, according to Emerson. “You know, the first time I saw Isaiah Wynn, I didn’t exactly get excited, but I was pretty disappointed when he left. So it’s not a matter of how they look all the time. It’s more about how they play.”
Make sure you read the entire post for an in-depth look at the state of the offensive line.
More like Troll-an Smith, amirite
A story in two acts:
- 5-star pledge Nolan Smith terrifies Georgia fans with April Fools de-commitment
- A 5-star reason that keeps 5-star Nolan Smith committed to UGA
Dawgs on Twitter
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) April 3, 2018
— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) April 3, 2018
From major enhancements to the West End Zone at Sanford Stadium to the incredible progress on Phase 3 of the new Business Learning Community – across the @UniversityofGA campus we're reminded that spring is a time to renew our commitment to growth and progress! #GoDawgs! pic.twitter.com/TJR2mJ73r3
— Terry College | UGA (@TerryCollege) April 2, 2018
Can we get one of these in Athens?
This Bar In Austin Is Also A Dog Park pic.twitter.com/gYtkwfhPWe
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) April 3, 2018
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