Georgia sports roundup: Baseball still in top 5, even after dropping Tennessee series
It wasn’t the best weekend for the Georgia baseball team. The Bulldogs failed to score a run in their first two games against Tennessee and dropped their first SEC series of the season.
But thanks to a 7-1 Saturday win over the Volunteers and 12-2 mashing of Georgia Tech earlier in the week, the Bulldogs are still ranked in the top-5 of both major baseball polls. D1baseball dropped Georgia from No. 2 to No. 5, while Baseball America has Georgia at No. 4 in its polls.
Georgia picked up the Saturday win thanks to a stellar outing from Tony Locey. The junior pitched 6.0 scoreless innings. The Bulldogs gave him 7 runs in support, and Locey’s record on the season moved to 6-0.
“We challenged the older guys to step up after how the first two games went. They didn’t panic,” Georgia baseball coach Scott Stricklin said. “They came out today and played very calm, very clean game. It was an important win for us today.”
The Bulldogs have a game at home on Tuesday against Clemson, a team Georgia beat 5-3 earlier in the season. Georgia kicks off the second half of its SEC schedule on Thursday when the Bulldogs host the Missouri Tigers.
Georgia is 10-5 through the first 15 games of conference play and tied with Mississippi State for the best record in the conference. Georgia visits Mississippi State next weekend in what should be a huge series.
“We finish the first half of SEC play at 10-5 and that’s with already playing three series on the road. We’re looking forward to having three of our final five SEC series at home,” Stricklin said.
Georgia women’s tennis completes perfect regular season
The Georgia women’s tennis team completed an unbeaten regular season on Sunday as it picked up a 4-1 win over No. 7 Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs went 21-0 and 13-0 in SEC play.
This is just the second time in school history the Bulldogs have accomplished this feat, as they also did it back in 2002. The Vanderbilt win gave Georgia the outright share of the SEC title, giving the Bulldogs 10 regular season SEC championships.
This is Georgia’s first SEC championship season since 2013 and first outright regular-season title since 2009.
“It’s always a special thing when you win a championship like we won the indoor and when you clinch a conference title like we did Friday, and then to win it outright like we did today, it’s always a special thing,” Georgia head coach Jeff Wallace said.
But Georgia isn’t calling it a season just yet. The 2019 SEC Women’s tennis championships will be held this coming weekend in College Station, Texas. Georgia will be looking to win its first SEC tournament title since 2014.
“It certainly needs to be celebrated a bit, but shortly thereafter next Wednesday, we’re leaving for the SEC tournament, and we’ve got to get our minds right and get prepared for that, too. Then of course, the NCAA tournament after that, so we’re excited about what we just did, but we’re equally excited about what’s in front of us.”