Dawgs arrive in Omaha

OMAHA, NE - The sixth-ranked University of Georgia baseball team began final preparations for its 2008 College World Series appearance by working out for two hours here Thursday.

The Bulldogs arrived in Omaha at 4 a.m. ET following a four-hour delay in Athens when the team had to switch aircraft due to a mechanical problem. Georgia pushed back the start of practice a few hours to allow everyone a little extra sleep. The Bulldogs headed to Bellevue East High School for their practice.   

"We've been through the battles and now have the opportunity to play in the biggest stage in college baseball," said Georgia coach David Perno. "Hopefully, we can start the College World Series like we started the season."   

Georgia (41-23-1) opened 2008 by defeating then top-ranked Arizona 9-7 at Foley Field. On Saturday, Georgia faces top-ranked Miami (52-19).   

Georgia will have a full day of activities Friday as all eight teams in the CWS field will get to practice at Rosenblatt Stadium, the home of the College World Series. Georgia will begin the day by taking a team photo at the "Road To Omaha" statue in front of the stadium and then have a 40-minute interview session with ESPN. At 1 p.m. ET, the Bulldogs will hold a one-hour practice followed by a 30-minute autograph sessions.  At 2 p.m., Perno will take part in a 90-minute CWS Coaches Press Conference. At 7 p.m., the CWS field will reconvene at the park for a barbeque and then Olympic-style team introductions and a fireworks show at 9 p.m.  

  "We're back here because so many guys committed to make a run and having a chance at winning a national championship," said Perno. "We played a tough schedule and we do that to be tough enough to advance through the post season."  

The Bulldogs face the Hurricanes (52-19) Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Mike Patrick, Orel Hershiser and Erin Andrews will form the broadcast team for the network. Jeff Dantzler will call the action on AM 960, The REF.


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