Freshman pitcher/infielder Cooper Moseley was awarded the National Umpires Association Player of the Year/Sportsmanship Award.
The award is given to the nation's top amateur baseball player who most "exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the field -- ethical behavior both on and off the field, fair play and integrity" by NUA. This award is a culmination of exemplary on-the-field and off-the-field performances by the individual.
Moseley is from Montgomery and is the son of Carey and Eve Moseley.
“It was Moseley's unselfish, classy and service-oriented approach to the game and to life that made him stand out,” said Jim Stros, national director of the NUA. “He’s an extremely hard worker with a positive can-do attitude.”
Stros added that several of the umpires in NUA took notice of Moseley's faith, humble approach on and off the field toward all coaches, his teammates, opponents, and was always professional towards the umpires.
The 2010 Georgia women’s tennis recruiting class has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by TennisRecruiting.Net. The poll is based on votes from a panel of junior-tennis experts.
Kate Fuller, Lilly Kimbell and Rachael Hart signed with the Bulldogs in the fall as part of the early signing period.
“Frank [Polito] and I are very excited about this,” said Georgia coach Jeff Wallace, the nation’s winningest active coach and the 2009 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year. “Kate, Lilly and Rachael are first class student-athletes, and we are excited to get them on our campus. We are proud that people realize the great job Frank has done in recruiting. It’s great for the University of Georgia. We are excited about this year and our future.”
Bo Seal was named the first SEC freshman of the week for the spring season. Seal’s 7-5, 6-3 victory against North Carolina’s Ryan Noble at No. 5 singles clinched the Bulldogs' 4-2 victory against the Tar Heels in the ITA Kick-Off on Monday in Athens. The victory provided Georgia with an automatic bid to the 2010 ITA National Team Indoors in Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 12-15, and was the Bulldogs’ 65th consecutive dual victory at home.
"We are very proud of Bo receiving this award,” said coach Manuel Diaz. “He had a terrific performance in both singles and doubles last weekend, and he was a big reason why we won those two matches. I thought he showed tremendous composure under pressure and is very worthy of this honor."
Swimming and divign
Georgia swept a tri-meet with Alabama and South Carolina on Saturday at Gabrielsen Natatorium. The Bulldogs (4-4, 3-2 SEC) knocked off Alabama 185-115 and South Carolina 225-75, while the Lady Bulldogs (8-1, 5-0 SEC) defeated Alabama 172-120 and South Carolina 193-99.
“By and large, it was a good meet,” Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. “I thought the young men and young ladies really fought hard. It is a tough time of the season with everyone at different stages of training in preparation for SECs, and we’ve got people fighting for positions. Overall, it was a real positive meet, and I feel like we are doing a good job.”
The Lady Bulldogs closed the regular season by winning for the 71st consecutive time at Gabrielsen Natatorium. Georgia is 72-1 all-time at home dating to the 1995-96 season.
No. 8 Georgia was forced to count a fall in the final rotation on beam, and No. 15 Auburn rallied for a 195.225-194.900 victory Friday at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. It was Auburn’s first victory against Georgia (1-3, 1-2 SEC). The Gym Dogs had won all 64 previous meetings dating to 1980.
“We were not very good [that] night,” said Georgia coach Jay Clark. “Compared to how we are performing every day in the gym, we are underachieving. This needs to hurt a little bit. I don’t think we are doing anything wrong in training, but we need to examine everything that we are doing. We are very disappointed tonight.”
Courtney McCool led Georgia with a 9.850 on beam, and Noel Couch posted a 9.825. Couch was forced into action after an injury scratched Cassidy McComb from the beam lineup. The Gym Dogs counted three scores at 9.700 or below in the last rotation.
Track and field
Following a weekend off, Georgia’s track and field teams return to competition at the Virginia Tech Elite meet in Blacksburg, Va., on Friday and Saturday.
“Everything we have done up to this point has only been preparation for the month of February,” said coach Wayne Norton, whose teams will battle at the SEC Indoor Championships on Feb. 26-28. “The last two weeks of practice have been the most productive two weeks we have had in about three months or more.”
The Bulldogs’ first two weekends of action have proved highly productive. With personal-best marks across the board and seven team members earning NCAA provisional qualifying marks, Georgia is near the top of the SEC and national performance lists.
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