Time Off Made Dawgs Testy

OMAHA, NE – Gordon Beckham was getting a little annoyed.

"We didn't want to get sick of Omaha," Beckham admitted.

But the truth was that the Bulldogs were getting a little antsy to play. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday all the Dawgs were doing was practicing and then sitting and watching – mainly sitting.

"We did the same thing every day," said pitcher Dean Weaver. "I think it started throwing everyone out of whack."

Georgia's time off was the most since the Dawgs lost in the SEC Tournament earlier this year. In Birmingham Georgia went 0-2 – seemingly packing their suitcases just after they arrived. The team spent the following days in Athens practicing - not playing - which, as coach David Perno said today, made it difficult for the Dawgs to get going when the NCAA Tournament started.

"We struggled against Lipscomb after that long break," Perno said.

But after this break the Dawgs didn't struggle nearly as much – scoring ten runs on 15 hits – the best hitting they've had since making to the Midwest.

"I was shocked that we swung as well as we did after taking four days off," Perno admitted.

The time off is not something these Dawgs will have to deal with any more. They will play for the national title on Monday against the winner of the North Carolina-Fresno State series, which was slated to start Saturday night. It's a good thing, too, according to Beckham.

"It was tough – everyone was just mad," he said. "We were getting itchy – we wanted to play."


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