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The Georgia Bulldogs baseball team represents the University of Georgia in NCAA Division I college baseball.

Georgia Bulldogs
2020 Georgia Bulldogs baseball team
Georgia Athletics logo.svg
Founded1886
UniversityUniversity of Georgia
Athletic directorGreg McGarity
Head coachScott Stricklin (7th season)
ConferenceSEC
Eastern Division
LocationAthens, Georgia
Home stadiumFoley Field
(Capacity: 3,291)
NicknameBulldogs
ColorsRed and Black[1]
         
NCAA Tournament champions
1990
College World Series runner-up
2008
College World Series appearances
1987, 1990, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008
NCAA regional champions
1987, 1990, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008
NCAA Tournament appearances
1953, 1954, 1987, 1990, 1992, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2018, 2019
Conference champions
1908, 1914, 1919, 1933, 1953, 1954, 2001, 2004, 2008

Along with most other Georgia athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Eastern division of the Southeastern Conference. Georgia won the College World Series in 1990.

The Bulldogs play their home games on UGA's campus in Foley Field, and are coached by head coach Scott Stricklin.

HistoryEdit

 
The 2017 UGA baseball team prior to a game against Georgia Tech in SunTrust Park.

The Georgia Baseball team has seen most of its success in recent years, including winning the 1990 College World Series, as well as making the trip to Omaha in 1987, 1990, 2001, 2004, 2006, and 2008.

In its history, the team has claimed five Southeastern Conference tournament titles, in 1933, 1954, 1955, 2001, and 2004, and five regular season conference titles, in 1933, 1953, 1954, 2004, and 2008.

The program dates back to 1886 and, according to former Sports Information Director Dan Magill, was once the most popular sport on campus. However, from the mid-1950s to the late-1980s, and then through most of the 1990s, there were only scattered bright spots as the team managed only a modicum of success.

Since 2001, however, the program has enjoyed quite a resurgence, winning three championships in the perennial stalwart Southeastern Conference and participating in the College World Series four times in those seven seasons.

The Georgia-Georgia Tech baseball rivalry is one of the South's most fierce, and the teams' annual Spring Baseball Classic at SunTrust Park draws some of the largest crowds in college baseball (the 2004 game was seen by 28,836 spectators, the second-largest crowd in college baseball history).

StadiumEdit

The Bulldogs play in the 3,291-seat Foley Field stadium.

Head coachesEdit

The Bulldogs have had 25 head coaches in the history of their baseball program:[2]

Records through the 2017 season.

Coach Seasons Wins Losses Ties Win %
25 Scott Stricklin 2014- 104 119 1 .464
24 David Perno 2002-13 390 333 1 .544
23 Ron Polk 2000-01 79 48 0 .622
22 Robert Sapp 1997-99 77 87 1 .467
21 Steve Webber 1981-96 500 403 1 .553
20 Roy Umstattd 1976-80 130 100 1 .562
19 Nolen Richardson 1951 12 13 0 .480
18 Jim Whatley 1950, 1952–75 336 327 3 .504
17 Charley Trippi 1948-49 34 18 0 .654
16 J. B. Whitworth 1943 1 10 0 .091
15 J. V. Sikes 1938-42, 1946–47 98 63 1 .605
14 Vernon Smith 1934-37 30 45 0 .400
13 W. P. White 1921-33 224 100 7 .677
12 Herman Stegeman 1919-20 31 13 2 .674
11 Glenn Colby 1918 0 0 0 .000
10 J. G. Henderson 1917 0 0 0 .000
9 Joe Bean 1914-16 33 16 1 .660
8 Frank B. Anderson 1910-13 51 16 3 .729
7 W. J. Lewis 1909 0 0 0 .000
6 Hammond Johnson 1908 20 2 0 .909
5 Tommy Stouch 1906-07 12 9 0 .571
4 William A. Reynolds 1902-03 13 9 1 .565
3 Marvin D. Dickinson 1901, 04-05 18 14 0 .563
2 Hughie Jennings 1895-97 5 17 0 .227
1 C. E. Morris 1886 2 0 0 1.000

National ChampionshipsEdit

Year Coach Record Result
1990 Steve Webber 52-19 Beat Oklahoma State, 2–1
Total national championships: 1

Georgia in the College World SeriesEdit

Year Record Result
1987 0-2 eliminated by Arkansas, 5-4
1990 4-1 beat Oklahoma State, 2-1
National Champions
2001 0-2 eliminated by Tennessee, 19-12
2004 2-2 eliminated by Texas, 7-6
2006 0-2 eliminated by Oregon State, 5-3
2008 4-2 eliminated by Fresno State, 6-1
Runners-Up

Player awardsEdit

National awardsEdit

  • Baseball America Player of the Year Award
Derek Lilliquist (1983)
  • Baseball America Freshman of the Year Award
Ron Wenrich (1985)

SEC AwardsEdit

Joshua Fields (2008)
Gordon Beckham (2008)

Georgia's 1st Team All-AmericansEdit

Player Position Year(s) Selectors
Derek Lilliquist Pitcher 1987 ABCA, BA
Josh Morris First Base 2006 College Baseball Foundation
Joshua Fields Pitcher 2008 CB, NCBWA
Gordon Beckham Shortstop 2008 ABCA, BA, CB, NCBWA
Rich Poythress Designated hitter 2009 BA
Aaron Schunk Utility 2019 BA
Source:"SEC All-Americas". secsports.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-07-24.

ABCA: American Baseball Coaches Association[3] BA: Baseball America[3] CB: Collegiate Baseball[3] NCBWA: National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association[3] Denotes consensus All-American

Bulldogs in Major League BaseballEdit

 
Former Bulldog Gordon Beckham

Forty-nine former players have gone on to play at the Major League level, including five active players:[4]

Other notable former players include:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ University of Georgia Hard Goods Logo Guide (PDF). August 30, 2017. Retrieved December 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "All-Time Georgia Baseball Coaches". georgiadogs.com. University of Georgia. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Cite error: The named reference NCAA was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  4. ^ "Bulldogs in MLB". Retrieved 2013-06-06.

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