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Looking ahead to UGA’s regional, Women’s College World Series schedules
This weekend is all about Dawgs on the diamond, and I’m here to help you decipher all the times Georgia could take the field.
The Georgia baseball and softball teams are competing in their respective NCAA Tournaments this weekend. Georgia baseball is just beginning its postseason run against Duke, Troy and Campbell in the Athens Regional. Meanwhile, the softball team is wrapping up its postseason with the program’s fourth appearance in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.
Because of the structure of these tournaments — each features double-elimination rounds between four teams — it’s impossible to provide a set schedule for when the Bulldogs will play. This is a challenge for UGA fans who want to strike a balance between getting out and enjoying the great outdoors and sitting in front of the TV and watching their Dawgs in the postseason. So, I’m going to look at all the potential game times and scenarios for Georgia baseball and softball teams this weekend in an effort to help those folks plan ahead.
We start with what we know here: Georgia baseball will play Campbell at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday on WatchESPN. What happens next will depend on how successful the Diamond Dogs are in that opener.
The most optimistic (and likely) scenario is Georgia beating Campbell. If that happens, the Dawgs stay in the winners’ bracket and will play the winner of Duke vs. Troy at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. A win in that game would give Georgia a spot in the regional final at 6 p.m. ET Sunday. If they lose on Sunday from the winners’ bracket, the Dawgs will be given one final opportunity to advance in a winner-take-all game at 4 p.m. ET Monday.
Taking a step back, if Georgia beats Campbell in the opener but loses to Duke or Troy in Game 2, it would drop into the losers’ bracket and be in a do-or-die situation for the rest of the regional. The Bulldogs would face the winner of the first elimination game between Campbell and either Duke or Troy in the second elimination game of the regional Sunday at noon. A win in that game would put it in the regional final against whichever team emerges from the winners’ bracket, playing Sunday evening and possibly Monday, as noted above, needing wins in both to advance to the Super Regional.
In the worst-case scenario — an opening loss to Campbell — Georgia would play its second game at noon Saturday. From there, it would follow the path noted in the paragraph above, starting with the second elimination game Sunday at noon.
Check here for a full bracket of the Athens regional.
Matters are considerably simpler for the Georgia softball team after it got smoked by Florida 11-3 in its first game of the WCWS on Thursday. The Bulldogs will face Florida State in an elimination game Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. If they lose, their WCWS is over and they’re heading home to Athens.
A win, however, would advance the Dawgs into the second elimination game at 9:30 p.m. ET Saturday against Florida, UCLA or FSU. If they can find a way to win that game, they’ll advance to the final of their four-team pod and need to beat whichever team emerges from the winners’ bracket twice, with games played Sunday at 3:30 p.m and 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN2, respectively. If all that sounds incredibly difficult, it is. The opening loss to Florida left the Dawgs no room for error and they’ll need to be perfect to advance out of their pod.
If — somehow, some way — Georgia is able to do all that, it will earn a spot in the WCWS finals against the winner of the other four-team pod, featuring Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma and Arizona State. The finals are a best-of-three series with games at 7 p.m. ET Monday, 8 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, if necessary. All finals games will air on ESPN.
Check here for a full WCWS bracket.
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Tom Crean reportedly adds late 2018 commitment
Tom Crean has had a scholarship burning a hole in his pocket and it appears he’s finally found someone to take it.
According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, Lithuanian combo guard Ignas Sargiunas has pledged to play for the Dawgs this season. At 6-foot-5, Sargiunas — the No. 144 overall player in the Class of 2018 according to 247Sports — will provide Georgia with length and athleticism on the perimeter. This season, he started 29 games for the B team of Lithuanian club BC Žalgiris, averaging 10.3 points and 2.7 assists per game. He first emerged on college coaches’ radars at the 2016 U17 World Cup, where he averaged 13 points per game while helping Lithuania earn the bronze medal.
If you want to learn more about the newest Dawg, there are a couple of videos from YouTube that should help you out. Check out this scouting video from the aforementioned U17 World Cup or his interview with Mike Schmitz of DraftExpress from about a year ago. (He speaks English fluently, so there shouldn’t be any worries about how he’ll communicate with his teammates and coaches.)
But this is my favorite video clip of Sargiunas. It’s all in Lithuanian, so it’s difficult to give full context, but a step-back, buzzer-beating 3-pointer is the same in any language.
More Georgia football kickoff times released
Go ahead and start making plans for the first month of the 2018 Georgia football season because we now have kickoff times and TV set for the first three games of the year.
Earlier this week, we learned Georgia’s Week 2 game with South Carolina will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. On Thursday, we learned the fate of the Week 1 game vs. Austin Peay and Week 3 game vs. Middle Tennessee State. Georgia will open the season against Austin Peay on Sept. 1 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Dawgs’ first night game of the season will come Sept. 15 when they face Middle Tennessee State at 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
2018 signee Tramel Walthour reportedly to enroll in junior college
There were reports this spring that 3-star DT signee Tramel Walthour would grayshirt, but now it’s being reported that he will instead enroll in junior college. According to Kipp Adams of Dawgs247, Walthour has signed with Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.
— Kipp Adams (@KippLAdams) May 31, 2018
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