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Former Bulldogs Wrap Up Overseas Professional Seasons

Former Bulldogs Wrap Up Overseas Professional Seasons

Posted on 21 June 2015 by Allen

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Fifteen former Georgia Bulldogs have or are wrapping up their professional campaigns playing overseas. All told, those players competed in 16 countries on four continents.

Gerald Robinson enjoyed the most successful season of the former Bulldogs. He was named both Player of the Year and Guard of the Year for Latvia’s LBL after leading VEF Riga to regular-season and playoff titles.

In addition, Chris Daniels (France), Jumaine Jones (Mexico), Trey Thompkins (Russia), Dustin Ware (Hungary) and Vincent Williams (Kosovo) ranked among individual statistical leaders in their respective leagues.

Jones is still active in Mexico’s CIBACOPA playoffs. On Tuesday, he exploded for 30 points and 17 rebounds in Nogales’ 108-97 win over Los Mochis in the first game of the quarterfinals.

Individual reviews of each player’s season include:

Chris Daniels, Orchy in France – Averaged 9.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 61.5 percent from the floor. Ranked sixth in rebounds France’s ProB league individual stats. Orchy finished 19-15 overall and lost to Denain in the quarterfinals of the league’s playoffs.

John Florveus, Wuerzberg in Germany – Appeared in only one game and scored two points and grabbed one rebound for Wuerzberg, which finished 28-2 and won the German ProA regular-season title and playoffs.

Jarvis Hayes, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti in Romania – Averaged 8.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in five games before missing the rest of the season due to an injury.

Sundiata Gaines, Sidigas Avellino in Italy – Averaged 11.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Sidigas Avellino finished 12-18 in Italy’s SeriaA and failed to make the playoffs.

Albert Jackson, Al Nift in Iraq – No individuals stats available. Helped Al Nift to an 8-6 record and a fourth-place finish in Iraq’s Superleague.

Jumaine Jones, Fuerza Guinda de Nogales in Mexico – Currently averaging 12.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Ranked eighth in rebounds in Mexico’s CIBACOPA individuals stats. Nogales finished 22-16 and in fifth place in the league standings and is currently competing in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.

Travis Leslie, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in Lithuania – Averaged 7.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Lietuvos finished 35-5 and advanced to the finals of Lithuania’s LKL playoffs.

Jeremy Price, Gaiteros de Zulia in Venezuela and Ciclista Juninense in Argentina – Averaged 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in 16 games played in Argentina and 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in two outings in Venezuela.

Gerald Robinson, VEF Riga in Latvia – VEF Riga competed in three leagues during the 2014-15 season – Latvia’s LBL; the VTB United League with teams from Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Kazakhstan, Russia; and the Euroleague. In LBL games, averaged 17.2 points, 4.2 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. Led the LBL in scoring and steals and also ranked seventh in assists. VEF Riga finished 8-2 in the regular season and then captured the LBL Championship during the playoffs. Robinson was named the LBL Player of the Year and Guard of the Year by Eurobasket.com. In VTB contests, averaged 17.8 points, 5.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Ranked third in scoring among VTB individual statistical leaders. VEF Riga finished with a 12-18 recored in VTB games. In one Euroleague outing, he scored 14 points and grabbed two rebounds.

Trey Thompkins, BC Nizhny Novgorod in Russia – Averaged 15.8 points and 7.5 rebounds while shooting 57.3 percent from the floor. Ranked eighth in rebounding and ninth in scoring VTB United League individuals stats. Novgorod finished 19-11 and lost to CSKA in the semifinals of the VTB playoffs.

Dustin Ware, Fortress Jaszbereny in Hungary – Averaged a team-high 19.5 points, 4.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. Ranked seventh in scoring and eighth in assists in Hungary’s A Division. Lasbereny finished 13-17 on the season.

Damien Wilkins, Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico – Averaged 17.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. Mayaguez finished with a 19-21 record in Puerto Rico’s BSN standings and failed to make the playoffs.

Donte Williams, KK Tajfun Sent Jer in Slovenia – Averaged 3.1 points and 2.3 rebounds. Tafjun finished 19-1 in Slovenia’s Telemach standings and also won the league’s playoff title.

Vincent Williams, KB Kastrioti in Kosovo – Averaged 18.3 points, 6.6 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Ranked fifth in both assists and steals and eighth in scoring among individual statistical leaders in Kosovo’s SuperLeague. Kastrioti finished with a 3-25 record.

Terrance Woodbury, Shiga Lakestars in Japan – Averaged 18.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the field. Shiga finished 34-18 in the regular season and fourth in the BJ League’s Western Division. Shiga then advanced to the Western Division finals of the playoffs before losing to eventual champion Hamamatsu. Woodbury scored a game-high 20 points in the third-place game of the BJ playoffs.

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Georgia and UCLA agree to football series in 2025-26

Georgia and UCLA agree to football series in 2025-26

Posted on 17 June 2015 by Allen

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The University of Georgia and UCLA will play a home and home football series in 2025 and 2026 according to an announcement Wednesday by UGA J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Greg McGarity.

The two teams will play in Pasadena on August 30, 2025, and in Athens on September 5, 2026.

“This home and home series provides an opportunity for our students and fans to enjoy a great matchup of two tradition-rich football programs in two of the most iconic venues in sports

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Janet Harris Inducted Into Women’s Basketball Hall Of Fame

Janet Harris Inducted Into Women’s Basketball Hall Of Fame

Posted on 14 June 2015 by Allen

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Janet Harris, who helped bring Georgia Lady Bulldog Basketball to national prominence in the early-1980s, was officially enshrined into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Tennessee Theatre on Saturday night.

In an emotional acceptance speech Harris told the story of how she used sports to overcome asthma and develop into one of the best players in the world. Part of that journey included taking a chance on a relatively obscure college program at Georgia.

“Everyone thought I was crazy,” Harris joked. “Everyone thought I had lost my mind. ‘You could go anywhere. Why did you choose Georgia? We haven’t heard of that place,’ they said. ‘Oh, you will!’ I told them. I was on a mission to prove everyone wrong and after a year or two, they all knew about us.”

Harris concluded her remarks by thanking both Andy Landers and Dorothy Gaters, her coach at John Marshall High School in Chicago who also is a member of the Hall of Game.

“I want to say this to both Coach Landers and Coach Gaters,” Harris said. “When you plant in someone it has to be nurtured to grow. I know it was hard with me in the beginning but I sprouted. I want both of you to know I have blossomed because of you.”

In addition to Landers, several of her former Lady Bulldog teammates were in attendance Saturday. Teresa Edwards, Susie Gardner, Wanda Holloway, Rhonda Malone and Lisa O’Connor traveled to Knoxville, as did former assistant coach John Sewell and sports information director Norm Reilly.

Harris was one of the first truly great players in the “modern era” of women’s basketball. She was the nation’s top-rated prep prospect in 1981 when she chose to attend Georgia. Harris arrived in Athens in the fall of 1981, the same season that intercollegiate women’s athletics moved from being governed by the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Harris went on to become the first women’s basketball player in NCAA history to record 2,500 points and 1,250 rebounds. She finished her career with 2,641 points and 1,398 rebounds. Those tallies remain as the Lady Bulldogs’ all-time records by a wide margin three decades later despite a long list of UGA All-Americans who have tried to match them.

Many of those All-Americans might not have considered Georgia if the program possessed the stature it did when Harris chose to become a Lady Bulldog.

“When Janet got to Georgia, Janet was better than our basketball team,” Landers said. “Janet Harris was the first great power player under the NCAA and one of the greatest power players of all time. Her numbers are such that, 30 years later, not one of our players has been able to seriously challenge them and only a handful of players in the entire country have matched them. Janet Harris was our first great player and she made it cool for other great players to come to Georgia.”

As a freshman, Harris averaged 22.4 points and 12.4 rebounds as a freshman in 1981-82. In a true testament to her team mentality, those numbers actually dipped slightly through the rest of her career as the aforementioned “great players” such as Edwards and Katrina McClain joined her in Athens.

Still, Harris is the only player in Georgia history to average a career double-double (20.2 points and 10.7 rebounds). She is one of only three SEC players to average 20.0 points and 10.0 boards for her career. A four-time All-American, Harris set an NCAA record with 78 career double-doubles in 131 games played and still ranks No. 6 among NCAA career leaders.

Georgia’s team accomplishments mirrored those of Harris’ individual accolades. The Lady Bulldogs earned a bid to the first-ever NCAA Tournament in 1982, captured their first SEC Championship and reached the NCAA Final Four in 1983, won a second SEC title in 1984 and finished as NCAA runner-up in 1985. Georgia compiled a 107-24 (.817) record during Harris’ career.

Harris became Georgia’s fourth representative in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. McClain was inducted in 2006, followed by Landers in 2007 and Edwards in 2010. Enshrined with Harris on Saturday were players Janeth Arcain and Lisa Leslie and coaches Kurt Budke (posthumously), Gail Goestenkors and Brad Smith.

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Park leaves Georgia

Park leaves Georgia

Posted on 12 June 2015 by Allen

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University of Georgia redshirt freshman quarterback Jacob Park has decided to transfer to another institution according to UGA head coach Mark Richt.

“We’ve had conversations during which we discussed all the viewpoints,” said Richt. “In the end, he feels like the opportunity for significant playing time would be better at another school. I can understand his decision, and we¹ll support him in finding a good fit at another institution.”

“I want to thank Coach Richt and Georgia for the experience I’ve had in Athens,” said Park. “I’m grateful for the opportunity but now look forward to what’s next in my college career.”

A native of Goose Creek, S.C., and graduate of Stratford High School, he worked mostly with the scout team in 2014 as a true freshman. Park was a four star QB out of Goose Creek, South Carolina who had offers from Alabama, Florida State, and Tennessee among other schools.

Once it was clear that Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta were #1 and #2 on the depth chart and former Virginia starting QB Greyson Lambert announced he was coming to Athens to play Park became the odd man out. With Jacob Eason and Bailey Hockman committed for 2016 Park really had no other option. It’s not clear just where he will go but Park will have four years of eligibility left. It goes without saying that Coach Richt won’t allow him to go to anther SEC school.

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7 Bulldogs Selected During 2015 MLB Draft

7 Bulldogs Selected During 2015 MLB Draft

Posted on 11 June 2015 by Allen

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A total of seven Georgia Bulldogs were selected during the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft that featured 40 rounds and concluded Wednesday.

Georgia had five pitchers and two position players selected in the 40-round draft. It marked the most draft picks by the Bulldogs since 2011 when seven heard their name called.

The Bulldogs among the 1,215 players selected in this year’s draft were pitchers Ryan Lawlor (Atlanta Braves, 8th round), Sean McLaughlin (Atlanta Braves, 19th round) and Jared Cheek (Chicago Cubs, 21st round), catcher Zack Bowers (San Francisco Giants, 24th round), pitchers Taylor Hicks (Detroit Tigers, 26th round) and David Sosebee (N.Y. Yankees, 28th round) and first baseman Jared Walsh (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 39th round). Cheek, Hicks and Walsh were seniors this year while Lawlor, McLaughlin, Bowers and Sosebee were juniors.

McLaughlin and Sosebee were the only two Bulldogs among the seven who had been drafted earlier in their career, both after their senior year of high school. In 2011, the Red Sox selected Sosebee in the 48th round, while in 2012, the Braves drafted McLaughlin in the 38th round.

Additionally, two Bulldog baseball signees and one Georgia football signee were drafted this year. Pitcher Dakota Chalmers (North Forsyth HS, Gainesville, Ga.) was a third round pick of Oakland while outfielder Chad Smith (South Gwinnett HS, Snellville, Ga.) was a fifth round selection of Texas. Bulldog football signee Terry Godwin, a 5-11, 170-pound wide receiver out of Callaway High School in Hogansville, Ga., was drafted as an outfielder by the Braves in the 33rd round.

The signing deadline for underclassmen selected in the 2015 draft is July 15. With three seniors among the Bulldogs drafted, Georgia will extend its streak to 43 seasons of having at least one player sign a professional contract. A total of 37 former Bulldogs have reached the Major Leagues.

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Sosebee drafted by Yankees

Sosebee drafted by Yankees

Posted on 10 June 2015 by Allen

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Georgia pitcher David Sosebee has been selected by the New York Yankees in the 28th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.

As a redshirt junior in 2015, Sosebee posted a 4-3 record and 2.98 ERA in 11 appearances including eight starts. In 54.1 innings, he had 21 walks and 55 strikeouts. This past season, his signature wins included beating No. 8 Florida, No. 11 Florida State and No. 20 Arkansas.

A 6-2, 221-pound native of Cleveland, Ga., Sosebee is 7-8 with a 3.42 ERA and 1 save in his Bulldog career. A three-year letterman, he has appeared in 37 games with 21 starts, covering a span of 129 innings.

Sosebee is the sixth Bulldog to be selected in the 2015 MLB draft, joining pitchers Ryan Lawlor (Atlanta Braves, 8th round), Sean McLaughlin (Atlanta Braves, 19th round), Jared Cheek (Chicago Cubs, 21st round), catcher Zack Bowers (San Francisco Giants, 24th round) and pitcher Taylor Hicks (Detroit Tigers, 26th round). A pair of Bulldog signees have been selected in this year’s draft too. Pitcher Dakota Chalmers (North Forsyth HS, Gainesville, Ga.) was a third round pick of Oakland while outfielder Chad Smith (South Gwinnett HS, Snellville, Ga.) was a fifth round selection of Texas.

For 42 straight seasons, Georgia has had at least one player sign a professional contract. A total of 37 former Bulldogs have reached the Major Leagues.

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Lawlor Drafted In 8th Round By Atlanta Braves

Lawlor Drafted In 8th Round By Atlanta Braves

Posted on 10 June 2015 by Allen

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Georgia pitcher Ryan Lawlor has been selected by the Atlanta Braves in the eighth round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft.

As a junior in 2015, Lawlor posted a 5-7 record and 3.67 ERA in 14 appearances, all starts. He pitched 73.2 innings with 84 strikeouts, both team-highs, and walked only 33. Lawlor, a 6-1, 180-pound native of Savannah, Ga., registered wins over No. 11 Florida State, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Eastern Illinois this past season for the Bulldogs. In his two-year Bulldog career, he is 9-13 with a 3.96 ERA in 28 games, all starts.

The MLB draft began with the first two rounds Monday. Tuesday’s schedule features rounds three through 10 and concludes Wednesday with rounds 11 through 40. The signing deadline for underclassmen selected in the 2015 draft is July 15.

Georgia has had a string of 42 straight seasons with at least one player signing a professional contract. A total of 37 former Bulldogs have reached the Major Leagues.

Also earlier Tuesday, a pair of Bulldog signees were selected in the draft. Pitcher Dakota Chalmers (North Forsyth HS, Gainesville, Ga.) was a third round pick of Oakland while outfielder Chad Smith (South Gwinnett HS, Snellville, Ga.) was a fifth round selection of Texas.

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Josh Cardiello To Transfer from UGA

Josh Cardiello To Transfer from UGA

Posted on 05 June 2015 by Allen

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University of Georgia redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Josh Cardiello will transfer to UT Chattanooga looking for more playing opportunity according to an announcement Friday by UGA head coach Mark Richt.

“Josh and I have discussed his situation,” said Richt. “He likes Georgia but felt it would be in his best interest to transfer in order to have a better opportunity for playing time. I certainly understand and wish him nothing but the best.”

“I want to thank Coach Richt for everything that he’s done for me,” Cardiello said. “I feel that this is the best situation for me to excel in all aspects of athletics and academics. I wish nothing but the best to everyone at UGA and hope they have a great season.”

Cardiello, a graduate of Buford High School, was redshirted in 2013 and played in one game in 2014.

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Auburn, Florida & South Carolina Set As Permanent UGA Home-and-Home Foes

Auburn, Florida & South Carolina Set As Permanent UGA Home-and-Home Foes

Posted on 28 May 2015 by Allen

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Auburn, Florida and South Carolina have been designated as permanent men’s basketball home-and-home opponents for the Georgia Bulldogs beginning with the 2015-16 season, the SEC office announced on Thursday.

“I’m excited about the each of our permanent SEC opponents,” head coach Mark Fox said. “We are assured of having some of our traditional rivals come to Stegeman Coliseum every year. I think our fans will be excited about knowing that we’ll face those three teams in Athens each season.”

The 18-game conference schedule will feature each SEC team playing the other 13 teams at least one time. They will then play their three permanent opponents a second time and the remaining two games will be scheduled on a rotating basis. The 2016 men’s basketball schedule will be announced in August.

The Bulldogs are coming off of back-to-back 20-win seasons, just the second time Georgia has done so in 107 seasons of competition. The Bulldogs finished 21-12 in 2014-15 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before falling to Michigan State, an eventual Final Four participant. That followed a 20-14 finish in 2013-14 when Georgia reached the second round of the NIT. The Bulldogs posted three consecutive 20-win seasons in 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98.

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Tibbs to transfer from Georgia

Tibbs to transfer from Georgia

Posted on 14 May 2015 by Allen

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University of Georgia junior wide receiver Blake Tibbs will transfer to another institution for his final two years of eligibility according to an announcement by UGA head coach Mark Richt.

“Blake and I have met and he has decided it would be in his best interest to transfer to another institution,” said Richt. “I certainly understand and wish him nothing but the best.”

Tibbs has played in 15 games over the past two years and recorded four receptions for 43 yards.

The speedy receiver was a 3 star prospect when he graduated from Martin Luther King Jr. High in Lithonia, Ga. Tibbs never could seem to find his place in the offense and will now head elsewhere. It’s not known just where Tibbs will wind up but you know Richt won’t let him go to another school in the SEC or anyone on their schedule for the next two years.

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Georgia Blanks Tech On Combined One-Hitter

Georgia Blanks Tech On Combined One-Hitter

Posted on 12 May 2015 by Allen

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In the 13th annual Kauffman Tire Spring Baseball Classic, Georgia combined on a one-hit shutout of Georgia Tech Tuesday night in front of a crowd of 18,792.

The attendance marked the largest crowd for an NCAA baseball game during the 2015 season as the Bulldogs improved to 24-26 while Tech dropped to 32-19.

“It’s always huge,” Georgia senior starting pitcher Jared Walsh said of the victory. “A lot of us were recruited by [Tech] and a lot of them were recruited by Georgia so we’re good friends with a lot of guys. Obviously there’s a huge rivalry there so anytime we can beat Georgia Tech it’s huge within the state for bragging rights.”

Walsh (5-2) made his eighth start on the mound and served as the designated hitter too. The senior yielded just one hit and one walk, striking out six over five innings while going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Georgia got a career-night from junior first baseman Daniel Nichols who went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and five RBI.

Cole Pitts (0-6) took the loss for Georgia Tech, going six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.

In relief for the Bulldogs, Mike Mancuso, Bo Tucker, Taylor Hicks and Jared Cheek combined for four hitless innings.

“Jared Walsh set the tone,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “He started off slow, walks the leadoff guy and then after that he was downright nasty. He was really, really good. I think that’s the best he’s been. He could have gone a little bit longer, but we wanted to use some guys out of the bullpen.”

The combined one-hitter is the fewest number of hits the Georgia pitching staff has allowed to an opponent this season and third fewest they’ve allowed all-time against Tech. Tuesday’s effort against the rival Jackets ranked third best in the series history behind the perfect game by Don Woeltjen in 1963 in Atlanta and Tom Philpot’s no-hitter in 1919 .

Keegan McGovern scored the game’s first run after coming from third on a Nichols sacrifice fly in the top of the first. McGovern was at third after Walsh followed his one out single with his 13th double of the season. In the sixth inning, Nichols increased the Georgia lead to 4-0 with a three-run blast to the right centerfield bleachers scoring Walsh and Stephen Wrenn. Three innings later, Nichols would drive in Georgia’s final run, giving him a career high five-RBI night.

“That was a bomb, a 3-1 changeup that got left up in the zone,” Stricklin said of Nichols’ home run. “Daniel’s been on fire. Three for four and got the big hit on Sunday so he’s riding high right now and we need him to keep on rolling.”

Georgia tacked on its final two runs in the seventh and ninth innings, scoring a run in each inning.

The Bulldogs return to action Thursday night at Foley Field for the first of three games No. 20 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks in the final regular season home series of 2015.

Thursday is also Alex Wood bobblehead night. The first 1,000 fans to enter Foley Field will receive the miniature look-a-like of the former Bulldog ace and current Atlanta Braves starter.

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Georgia Baseball Routs Kentucky Saturday

Georgia Baseball Routs Kentucky Saturday

Posted on 09 May 2015 by Allen

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Every Bulldog starter scored a run as part of a 16-hit attack as Georgia routed Kentucky 12-3 Saturday at Cliff Hagan Stadium to even an SEC series.

Georgia (23-26, 8-17 SEC) fell behind 1-0 in the first and then roared back with 12 runs off the Wildcats. Georgia built a 9-1 lead by the fifth inning, scoring two runs in the second, third and fourth before getting three runs in the fifth to chase right-hander Dustin Beggs. The Kentucky right-hander had gone four straight outings with at least eight innings pitched, but Saturday he allowed nine runs (six earned) on 11 hits to fall to 7-3.

Freshman Mitchell Webb (3-for-5) got the Bulldogs going with a two-out infield single in the second. Sophomore Skyler Weber (4-for-5, 3 doubles, 4 RBI) followed with a game-tying RBI-double and junior Nick King (2-for-3, 2 RBI) gave Georgia a 2-1 lead with a run-scoring single. Sophomore Stephen Wrenn (3-for-5, 2 RBI) blasted his team-leading eighth home run to lead off the third, and later in the frame, junior Daniel Nichols added a sacrifice fly for a 4-1 lead. In the fourth, freshman Trey Logan’s RBI-single made it 5-1, and Wrenn smacked an RBI-double for a 6-1 advantage.

Georgia junior left-hander Ryan Lawlor provided five innings of two-hit baseball but struggled with his command, issuing a career-high six walks and left with a 9-2 lead. While Lawlor got the win to move his record to 5-6, senior Jared Cheek came in and went four scoreless innings for his sixth save.

“Ryan (Lawlor) never could get comfortable out there, but he found a way to give us five innings and then Jared Cheek came in there and threw strikes and did a good job the rest of the way,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “All in all, one-through-nine everybody contributed with hits, RBI, moving runners and that’s great to see. (Dustin) Beggs is very good, we just got to him today, and he had a bad day. Our guys had very good at bats, and it led to a productive day at the plate.”

Georgia scored three runs in the fifth, one in the seventh and two in the eighth while the Wildcats got single runs in the fifth and sixth for the final in front of a crowd of 2,214.

The series concludes Sunday with first pitch at 12:02 pm and be televised by the SEC Network and available on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network from IMG.

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Chris Conley Selected 76th Overall By The Kansas City Chiefs

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Chris Conley Selected 76th Overall By The Kansas City Chiefs

Posted on 01 May 2015 by Allen

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Georgia receiver Chris Conley was selected with the 76th overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago on Friday night.

Conley marks the fourth Bulldog selected by the Chiefs, all since the 2011 draft. Following Justin Houston’s third round selection in 2011, Kansas City chose Sanders Commings in the fifth round in 2013 and Aaron Murray in the fifth round in 2014.

This gives the Bulldogs two players drafted through the first three rounds of this year’s draft. On Thursday, Todd Gurley became the first running back since 2012 to be taken in the NFL Draft’s first round after the St. Louis Rams took him with the 10th overall pick.

Conley became the 76th Georgia player drafted to the NFL in the Mark Richt era and the 306th Bulldogs taken all-time. Conley is the highest pick at receiver for Georgia since A.J. Green went to the Cincinnati Bengals with the fourth overall pick of the 2011 draft.

Conley, a 6-3, 206-pound native of Dallas, Ga., appeared in 49 games over four seasons with the Bulldogs, amassing 117 receptions for 1,938 yards and 20 touchdowns, which is tied for fourth in school history. His most productive season came as a senior in 2014 when he led the team in receiving yards (657) and receiving touchdowns (eight).

Conley’s career also saw him produce off the field. He was named SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, won the Atlanta Sports Awards’ Community Spirit Award and was a First Team selection to the Senior CLASS Award. Conley was also named to the 2015 NFF Hampshire Honor Society for maintaining a cumulative 3.2 GPA throughout his career. In addition, Conley represented the SEC on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during his time in Athens.

Rounds four through seven of the NFL Draft will arrive on Saturday starting at noon.

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UGA swept by Auburn

UGA swept by Auburn

Posted on 25 April 2015 by Allen

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Auburn completed a sweep of visiting Georgia Saturday with a 4-1 win at Plainsman Park in front of a crowd of 3,358.

The Tigers (29-16, 10-11 SEC) took a 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out, RBI-single by Daniel Robert. The base hit scored Kyler Deese who led off with a base hit, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and went to third on a wild pitch. Auburn right-hander Dalton Rentz pitched 4.2 scoreless innings, scattering four hits with four strikeouts before giving way to left-hander Izaac Yarbrough. Because it was predetermined the Tigers were planning on using a few pitchers Saturday, Rentz was able to pick up a win. Georgia junior left-hander Ryan Lawlor fell to 4-6, allowing four runs on five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts.

Auburn made a couple of sterling defensive plays to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard early in the contest. In the first, right fielder Damon Haecker threw out Keegan McGovern tying to score and then a diving Deese snagged a smash from Daniel Nichols at third base with two on and two out in the fifth. With two outs in the sixth, Bulldog junior Trevor Kieboom (3-for-4) notched his first career triple but Yarbrough came back to retire Bell. In the sixth, the Tigers extended their lead to 4-0, adding three runs on a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly and an RBI-double from pinch-hitter Bo Decker.

Georgia scored its lone run in the eighth, loading the bases with one out, and it came on a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Mitchell Webb. McGovern scored the run as he finished 6-for-11 in the series including three hits and a walk Saturday. The Bulldogs left 11 on base Saturday and finished 3-for-29 with runners in scoring position in the series.

“We had another chance to score early and they made a great play and then another one in the fifth, it was two big-time plays they made,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said. “They got the early momentum in every game this series, and we needed to create more than a couple of scoring opportunities. We didn’t get the leadoff guy much, it seemed like only after two outs and that’s tough to score. I believe in the players, the team and the program, and we’re going to get this thing going in the right direction.”

Auburn’s Trey Wingenter pitched the ninth for his third save while the Bulldog bullpen of Bo Tucker and Jared Cheek combined to toss 2.1 scoreless innings.

Georgia (21-23, 6-14 SEC) will be back in action Friday when it plays host to Florida in a three-game series. First pitch at Foley Field will be at 7:05 p.m. (SEC Network+).

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