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Post UGA vs. GT – who’s better at baseball?

Friday May 12, 2006

It’s tough to admit this, but I’d have to say that Tech is considered the better program over the long term. It has a lot to do with consistency. Tech has made every NCAA Tournament since the 1990s, and it’s news when Georgia can make it to the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons. Tech typically begins the season ranked highly and never falls very far through the regular season. Whether they choke in the postseason or never quite put it together despite some incredible talent, they are at least still there every year. Georgia, admittedly, is not.

But head-to-head tells a different story. Georgia has a clear advantage in recent years. It’s not total domination, but it’s not a fluke either. Since 2001, Georgia is 13-8 against Tech. They are 10-6 in the regular season and 3-2 in the postseason. Georgia is 3-2-1 in regular season series and has twice eliminated Tech from the postseason.

2001: Georgia wins the season series 3-0. They eliminate Tech from the Athens regional with a convincing win en route to the College World Series.

2002: Tech wins the season series 2-1 with several close games. They then beat Georgia twice in the stifling heat of the Atlanta regional, eliminating the Dawgs from the NCAA Tournament. In the final game, Tech builds a big lead, and a late Georgia comeback falls just short. This is Tech’s best season against Georgia since 2001.

2003: Georgia sweeps the season series 2-0. No game is played in Athens – it was cancelled due to final exams. Georgia fails to make the postseason.

2004: Tech wins the season series 2-1. The Turner Field game is the rubber match, and Tech ends a big Georgia winning streak. The Dawgs get the last laugh in the postseason, sweeping Tech 2-0 in the NCAA Super-Regional in Atlanta. Jonathan Wyatt hits his first career home run in the second game to clinch the series. Georgia advances to the College World Series.

2005: The season series is split 1-1. Again, no game is played in Athens – this time because of rain.

2006: Georgia takes the season series 2-1. Each team wins big on its home field, and Georgia wins in 11 innings at Turner Field. Both teams seem likely to make the postseason, but it’s not clear yet if their paths will cross again.

There you have it. Aside from 2002, Georgia has been at the very least an even match for Tech lately.

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