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Bulldog Monthly June 2018

DATES AND DEADLINES

August 1: Basketball Enhancement Fund Donation Deadline

Early August: Gymnastics Endowment Fund Renewals Mailed

September 1: Men's Basketball Priority Season Ticket Application Deadline

September 15: Gymnastics Endowment Fund Donation Deadline

Georgia Men’s Track & Field Wins NCAA Outdoor Title

The Bulldogs captured their first national team track and field title with 52 points at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Friday, June 8th.

This team title for the Bulldog men comes three months after the Lady Bulldogs captured their first team title at the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships.

After leaving the University of Oregon by matching a program best sixth-place finish in 2017, eight scorers, including junior Denzel Comenentia who swept the hammer throw and shot put, propelled the Georgia men to UGA's first national championship on the men's side since men's tennis in 2008 and the 14th crown overall for the Georgia men.

Women Finish Second At NCAA Track & Field Championships

The Lady Bulldogs fell one point shy of sweeping indoor and outdoor nationals to take second at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

The Georgia women used seven scorers to score 52 points and finish a point behind Southern California (53) for the title. The Trojans won the final 4x400-meter relay to clinch the one-point victory after Oregon accomplished the same feat last year to top the Lady Bulldogs by 1.8 points. Stanford (51), Kentucky (46) and Florida (42) rounded out the top five on the women's side this year.

"It was bittersweet for the women today," said head coach Petros Kyprianou. "It's kind of déjà vu from last year after losing to Oregon by 1.8 points last year and USC this year by one point in the final relay. But USC did a fantastic job racing and finishing that 4x400 very strongly. I am proud of our ladies showing consistency and resiliency. We had some mishaps but everyone tried their best and that's all that really matters.

"I am proud to say our program is officially the best in the country as far as the numbers go since we finished first, first, second and third at the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets and scored a combined 104 points at this year's outdoor meet. Now it's time to rejuvenate and get back to business."

BEF Campaign For 2018-19 Season Underway

The Georgia Bulldog Club's 2018-19 Basketball Enhancement Fund (BEF) campaign is underway and runs through August 1. Fans who are renewing or interested in making new contributions in support of Georgia Men's Basketball can visit georgiadogs.com/bef18 or contact The Georgia Bulldog Club by phone at 877-423-2947. Personalized renewal packages have also been mailed to current BEF contributors.

BEF contributions help provide essential support for student-athlete scholarships, academic support, training and nutrition, travel assistance, recruiting, and equipment upgrades. BEF donors enjoy access to exclusive men's basketball benefits including renewable season tickets, game day parking and hospitality, postseason ticket request opportunities, an invitation to watch team practice along with a postseason team banquet invite. The minimum donation requirement to qualify for renewable season tickets is $150 per seat. The Georgia Bulldog Club encourages fans to help make an impact by making a new contribution, giving 110% or upgrading your membership to the next level for the 2018-19 season.

The energy and excitement surrounding Georgia Basketball has been electric since the hiring of new head coach Tom Crean in March. Crean is one of the nation's winningest coaches, averaging 20 victories per season in 18 combined campaigns at Marquette and Indiana. His teams are known for their explosive and efficient offensive performances. Marquette and Indiana were regulars in postseason play, with 13 total appearances headlined by nine NCAA Tournament bids and a trip to the 2003 Final Four.

This season, the Bulldogs will return a trio starters – seniors William "Turtle" Jackson and Derek Ogbeide, and sophomore Rayshaun Hammonds. Six other returning letterwinners have earned starting experience – seniors Mike Edwards and E'Torrion Wilridge, juniors Tyree Crump and Jordan Harris and sophomores Nicolas Claxton and Teshaun Hightower. Crean also will welcome a celebrated trio of in-state freshmen – Tye Fagan from Thomaston, Amanze Ngumezi from Savannah, and JoJo Toppin from Norcross. All told, 11 of 14 Bulldogs are "HomeGrown" products who played high school basketball in Georgia.

West End Zone Renovations Nearing Completion

Construction crews are hard at work in Sanford Stadium, and the $63 million renovations to the West End Zone are nearing completion.

The project covers 120,000 total square feet of new and improved space. These enhancements include a new home locker room for the Bulldogs, a space to host and entertain prospects on game day, improvements to restroom and concession areas below the bridge, and a new scoreboard and upper plaza.

When completed prior to the 2018 season, the west end zone expansion will have a transformational impact on Sanford Stadium. Thank you to all donors who have made this project a reality.

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2018 Baseball Season Review and MLB Draft Summary

Georgia's 2018 season ended in the NCAA Athens Regional Final as the No. 8 national seed Bulldogs tallied an overall record of 39-21.

When the season began, Southeastern Conference coaches picked the Bulldogs to finish FIFTH in the Eastern Division. The Bulldogs posted an 18-12 SEC mark, which tied for the second best record behind league champion Florida. The Western Division co-champions were Arkansas and Ole Miss and they finished 18-12, and the Bulldogs ended the regular season by taking a series over the Razorbacks.

With an impressive SEC finish, strength of schedule and RPI, Georgia earned a national seed for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2008 and only the fourth time in school history. However, the Bulldogs would be one of four national seeds to be upset at home during a Regional, joining No. 2 Stanford, No. 4 Ole Miss and No. 7 Florida State. Overall, eight of the 16 hosts did not advance out of their regional this year. Still, Georgia showed it had returned to national prominence. With seven starting position players and a majority of the pitching staff set to return plus a talented incoming recruiting class, the 2019 season should be another good one for the Bulldogs.

During the recent Major League Baseball Draft, a trio of Bulldogs were selected in pitcher Kevin Smith (7th Round, New York Mets), outfielder Keegan McGovern (9th Round, Seattle Mariners) and catcher/designated hitter Michael Curry (16th round, San Diego Padres). Additionally, a pair of Georgia signees were selected in Cole Wilcox (RHP, Heritage HS, Chickamauga, Ga.) and Caberea Weaver (OF, South Gwinnett HS, Decatur, Ga.). Wilcox was a projected first round pick who informed teams after the first day of the draft of his intentions to attend Georgia. Still, he was selected in the 37th round by the Washington Nationals while Weaver went in the seventh round to the Chicago White Sox. The MLB signing deadline for underclassmen and high school seniors selected in this year's draft is July 6 at 5 pm ET.

With the aforementioned trio now playing Minor League baseball, Georgia now has extended its string to 46 straight seasons with at least one player signing a professional contract. Under Georgia's Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin, 21 Bulldogs have embarked on a professional career.

Team Honors (Final Record: 39-21, 18-12 SEC)

  • 39 Wins was most since 2008 when the College World Series Finalists had 45
  • Earned a National Seed for NCAA Championships for the first time since 2008 and only fourth overall for the program
  • 18 SEC Wins was the most since 2008 (SEC Champions went 20-9-1), 2nd in East and T2nd best overall SEC Record (18-12)
  • Earned top 10 National Ranking during the season, highest since 2009 (when that club reached No. 1)
  • School record .979 Fielding Percentage (old mark was .978 in 2012)
  • School record .236 Opponent Batting Average (old mark was .241 in 2016)
  • School record 532 strikeouts by staff (old mark was 530 in 2001 by the CWS squad that played in 69 games)
  • School record 7 Grand Slams (old mark was 6 by 1982, '85 and 2001 teams)
  • 18 Saves ranks 3rd best in school history
  • .282 Batting Average was best since 2010 (.301)
  • 64 Home Runs was best since a record 109 in 2009

Individual Honors

  • Michael Curry: 16th Round Draft Pick of the San Diego Padres; Second-Team All-SEC
  • Mason Meadows: SEC All-Freshman Team
  • Keegan McGovern: 9th Round Draft Pick of the Seattle Mariners; Third-Team All-American by ABCA, Baseball America and D1Baseball.com, 1st Team All-SEC, SEC Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, SEC Community Service Team, National Player of the Week, SEC Player of the Week, NCAA Athens Regional All-Tournament Team
  • Adam Sasser: Second-Team All-SEC, National Player of the Week, SEC Player of the Week, NCAA Athens Regional All-Tournament Team
  • Aaron Schunk: Olerud Award Finalist as Nation's Top 2-Way Player given by College Baseball Foundation {one of only 3 nationally); Third Team All-American by NCBWA
  • C.J. Smith: Second Team Freshman All-American by NCBWA
  • Kevin Smith: 7th Round Draft Pick of the New York Mets; SEC Pitcher of the Week

Georgia Season Ends at World Series Against Florida State, 7-2

The seventh-seeded Georgia Bulldogs' 2017-18 campaign came to a close at the Women's College World Series with a dropped contest against the sixth-seeded Florida State Seminoles, 7-2.

With sophomore Mary Wilson Avant in the circle for Georgia (48-13), Florida State (53-12) struck first in the second, capitalizing on an Anna Shelnutt walk with an RBI double from junior Zoe Casas for the 1-0 lead.

After a 1-2-3 inning from the Bulldog defense in the third, the Seminoles tacked on a trio of runs in the following frame. With the bases loaded, Casas picked up two more RBI with a base hit up the middle, scoring sophomore pinch runner Deja Bush and sophomore Dani Morgan. Freshman Elizabeth Mason provided a sacrifice fly to right field to score junior Cali Harrod from third for the 4-0 Florida State margin.

The Bulldogs responded in the top of the fifth. Senior Cortni Emanuel and sophomore Ciara Bryan reached base on a respective walk and error. The next at-bat, sophomore Justice Milz took a 1-2 pitch off the right field fence, sending Emanuel and Bryan home to cut the Seminole advantage in half.

The fifth inning saw two more Seminole runs pushed home, with three consecutive singles from freshman Sydney Sherrill and sophomores Shelnutt and Morgan, who tallied two RBI on her base hit to right. A bases-loaded walk in the sixth plated one Florida State run for the 7-2 final, as junior left-handed pitcher Meghan King improved to 23-6 on the year.

Headed into postseason play, the Bulldogs garnered the No. 7 seed after a 43-11 regular season, opening 2018 action with a 25-game win streak – tying an all-time record – and taking all but one Southeastern Conference series. Hosting both the Regional and the Super Regional in Athens, Georgia secured a spot in Oklahoma City with five straight wins. In the World Series, the Bulldogs faced elimination against Florida State after a 11-3 loss to Florida in the opening round.

The Georgia roster includes three All-Americans in Emanuel, who also received the New Balance/Golden Shoe Award for the best base stealer in the country, senior pitcher Brittany Gray and junior Alyssa DiCarlo. Alongside the SEC Coach of the Year Lu Harris-Champer, five Bulldogs also earned All-SEC status – Emanuel, Gray, DiCarlo, and sophomores Milz and Bryan.

Bulldogs Tailgate Club: Reed Quad

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312 UGA STUDENT-ATHLETES NAMED TO HONOR ROLL

A total of 312 University of Georgia student-athletes earned a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher and were named to the J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Honor Roll for the 2018 spring semester.

Out of the 312 on the honor roll, eight student-athletes earned Presidential Scholar honors for finishing the semester with a perfect 4.00 GPA while taking 14 or more hours. The student-athletes who were named Presidential Scholars are: football team member John Courson (Athens, Ga.); men's tennis member Samuel Dromsky (Augusta, Ga.); track and field members Eric Westog (Wilmington, Del.), Samantha Drop (Durham, Conn.), Katie Stone (Macon, Ga.), and Tiffany Yue (Lawrenceville, Ga.); soccer team member Katie Higgins (Andreas, Pa.); and swimmer Jordan Stout (St. Louis, Mo.).

An additional 27 student-athletes finished the semester with a 4.00 GPA, including: baseball team members Ryan Avidano (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Adam Goodman (Fayetteville, Ga.); football team members Prather Hudson (Columbus, Ga.) and Michael Keene (Savannah, Ga.); swimmers Jackson Ford (Johns Creek, Ga.), Joshua Kenway (London, England), Anna McKenzie (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), and Meaghan Raab (Hummelstown, Pa.); men's tennis member Wayne Montgomery (Somerset West, South Africa); track and field members Bryan Kamau (Snellville, Ga.), Alexander Larsson (Uppsala, Sweden), Jonathan Moses (Lawrenceville, Ga.), Milicent Bergey (Cumming, Ga.), Tatiana Gusin (Orhei, Moldova), Sophia Kidder (Norcross, Ga.), and Keturah Orji (Mount Olive, N.J.); women's basketball member Haley Clark (Orlando, Fla.); equestrian members Jessica Blum (Gormley, Ontario), Kyndall Harper (St. Augustine, Fla.), and Grace Porter (Atlanta, Ga.); gymnastics team members Lauren Johnson (Atlanta, Ga.) and Gigi Marino (Scottsdale, Ariz.); soccer team members Caroline Chipman (Atlanta, Ga.) and Katie Ralys (Jacksonville, Fla.); women's tennis members Elena Christofi (Athens, Greece) and Mariana Gould (Boise, Idaho); and volleyball team member Anna Kate Karstens (Hattiesburg, Miss.).

46 student-athletes on the Honor Roll also garnered Dean's List honors, earning a 3.50 GPA or higher while taking 14 hours or more. The student athletes named to the 2018 Dean's List include: football team members Patrick Bond (Milton, Ga.), Jackson Harris (Columbia, Tenn.), and Andrew Thomas (Lithonia, Ga.); men's golf members Matthew Beringer (Macon, Ga.) and John Hilliard Catanzaro (Gadsden, Ala.); swimmers Ian Forlini (Warminster, Pa.), James Guest (Baie-d'Urfe, Montreal), Danielle Della Torre (Watkinsville, Ga.), Madison Duvall (Woodstock, Ga.), Jordyn Gulle (Richmond Hill, Ga.), Freida Lim (Singapore, Singapore), and Kayla Tennant (Lexington, N.C.); men's tennis members Walker Duncan (Atlanta, Ga.) and Andrew Martinez (Atlanta, Ga.); track and field members John Bradley (Duluth, Ga.), Johannes Erm (Tallinn, Estonia), Terrell Estime (Snellville, Ga.), Jonathan Raines (Macon, Ga.), Davis Stockwell (Atlanta, Ga.), Jessica Drop (Durham, Conn.), Anna Machovec (Dacula, Ga.), Marie-Therese Obst (Oslo, Norway), Amber Tanner (Brentwood, Tenn.), and Mary Terry (Norcross, Ga.); women's basketball member Maya Caldwell (Charlotte, N.C.); equestrian members Bailey Anderson (Fort Worth, Texas), Madison Anger (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Grace Bridges (Eatonton, Ga.), Addyson Cord (Loomis, Calif.), Ashlyn Lawrence (Albuquerque, N.M.), Margaret Lemons (Salt Late City, Utah), Eva Marcelis (Seattle, Wash.), Stella Martin (Marietta, Ga.), Carly Reinsel (Alpharetta, Ga.), Alexa Schwartz (Boca Raton, Fla.), Shaelyn Vering (Scribbler, Neb.), and Danielle Walawender (Seaville, N.J.); women's golf member Stephanie Carras (Midland, Mich.); gymnastics team member Hayley Sanders (McKinney, Texas); soccer team members Delaney Fechalos (Suwannee, Ga.), Louise Hogrell (Asa, Sweden), and Alexandra Pallo (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.); women's tennis member Annette Goulak (Oak Park, Calif.); and volleyball team members Meghan Donovan (St. Louis, Mo.), Sydney Gilliam (Hendersonville, N.C.), and Sarah Lagler-Clark (Mississauga, Ontario).

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