All the buzz surrounding Georgia athletics right now is justifiably on the ridiculous run the basketball team went on this weekend. But, Gordon Beckham is just as hot. After the Dawgs series win over Arkansas, a series in which he hit .563 with eight RBIs and two homers, Beckham was named SEC Player of the Week. For the season, Beckham is hitting .507 with nine round trippers in 15 games. He's in the top six in every major offensive catagory in the league. Dude can mash.
The Diamond Dawgs are 8-7, but they've played arguably the most difficult schedule in the country. The weakness so far has been the bullpen, which has blown a number of close leads in the late innings. Josh Fields, however, has returned to form, giving up one hit over 6 and 2/3rds. One freakin' hit.
If the bullpen can stabilize, the Dawgs should have a good case for the post season. The starters have been solid. Beckham, Rich Poythress, and Ryan Peisel are providing enough offense to win games. We just need to hold leads. The Vols visit Foley Field this weekend.
ALSO: The girls got their bid for the NCAAs today and got a tough draw. They're an eight seed, facing Iowa on Sunday. If they get by Iowa, they face North Carolina, one of the best teams in the country. That's what happens when you seem to lack any desire or urgency in your season play. Assuming the team doesn't get past Carolina, this has been a hugely disappointing season for the Lady Dawgs. If Andy has any tricks left, he better play them.