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Foley Family Makes Generous Donation To UGA Baseball

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While we've been keeping you updated on the renovations at Foley Field, including a brand new scoreboard and additions to "Kudzu Hill", there is now more progress on the horizon thanks to a generous donation from the Foley Family. The following previously ran on Georgiadogs.com.

ATHENS-----The Foley family of Columbus is synonymous with Georgia baseball, and they have provided the foundation for the Bulldogs latest stadium renovation, the UGA Athletic Association announced Thursday.

"The University of Georgia and the baseball program hold a special place in the hearts of our family," said Frank D. Foley, III, spokesman for the family. "We are pleased to honor the legacy of our grandfather and all passed generations of our family by providing this gift to lead the on-going fundraising for Foley Field. We recognize the importance of maintaining and updating the field and know it will be a tremendous benefit for the Bulldogs."

"We are very fortunate to have the continued loyal support of the Foley family and excited that they are taking the lead in this project," said Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity. "They have made a lasting impact on the baseball program in support of the student-athletes and the fans. The ballpark is in a beautiful setting, and we are taking steps to enhance it."

"Student-athletes come to Georgia because they know they are going to get a first-class education and compete in the SEC which is the premier baseball conference featuring top-notch facilities, fan support and instruction," said Georgia coach David Perno. "The Foley family has always been at the forefront of any major renovation effort at Foley Field. Their leadership will help us continue to recruit elite student-athletes that look forward to playing for Georgia along with providing an enjoyable game day experience for all fans visiting Foley Field."

The large-scale measures planned for the future include improvements to the dugouts, Georgia's locker room and team lounge, training room and batting cages. Also, an upgraded sound system, redesigning the stadium's main entrance and additional restrooms and concession areas along with an expanded press box are planned.

The UGA Athletic Association board of directors already approved and work is under way on a few items that are part of the master plan. Current construction scheduled to be completed for the 2013 season will make improvements to the right field area known as "Kudzu Hill," a new high-definition video scoreboard and new trees behind the outfield fence.

Since the late 1960s, Bulldog baseball home games have been played at Foley Field. Judge Frank Foley is considered one of Georgia's all-time greats for his contributions both on and of the field. He was a part of the 1908 Southern championship team. A distinguished alumnus, he is remembered by many as a kind and caring gentlemen.

Georgia has experienced tremendous postseason success at Foley Field, winning four NCAA Regionals and three Super Regionals. In the Perno era, the Bulldogs have advanced to the College World Series in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Overall, Georgia is 21-7 in the NCAA postseason at Foley Field including a remarkable 16-0 in elimination games.

Monday Morning Round-up

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Hey, Bulldog Nation - hope you all had a great and relaxing weekend. It was relatively slow around here as finals are underway and many of our coaches are on the recruiting trail in this downtime. But here are a few nuggets for your Monday morning:

*Georgia will watch 39 of its student-athletes receive UGA diplomas on Friday at graduation. More here.
*The Georgia football team held its annual awards banquet and gala Saturday night at the Classic Center in Athens. Several players walked home with awards, including Aaron Murray and Jarvis Jones as MVP's on their respective sides of the ball. Full release here
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*The Lady Bulldogs held their annual "bike build" Saturday afternoon, assembling bicycles that would then be donated to needy children in the community in time for the holidays. Read the story here, and stay tuned for a video on the event coming soon to Georgiadogs.com.
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*Men's golf coach Chris Haack is being inducted today in the Golf Coaches Association of America's Hall of Fame.

Also, tickets are still available for the Capital One Bowl. Purchase them through UGA to make sure you are in the right section at the game, and to avoid counterfeit tickets. Call the ticket office at 1-877-542-1231 M-F 8:30-4:30, or click here.

Finally, both basketball teams are back in action at home later this week, with the men taking on Iona on Saturday at 5 PM in Stegeman and the women looking to continue their unbeaten start vs. Lipscomb Sunday at 2 PM here. 

GO DAWGS!

Updates from the Dome

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GOOD AFTERNOON BULLDOG NATION! We are live here at the Georgia Dome for today's SEC Championship game between your Bulldogs, and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The winner will earn the right to play Notre Dame in the national championship game. Remember you can watch on CBS or follow live scoring on Georgiadogs.com. As usual, our official Twitter (@UGAAthletics) will be tweeting live updates and we at @UGAHedgesBlog will try to provide as much colorful coverage as possible! Also check us out on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaBulldogs) for photos from today!

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Below is a quick timeline of what's been happening here so far as we tick under the hour mark to kickoff:

Noon: Between The Hedges arrives on scene, finds press box (after much confusion).
1 PM: Checked out SEC Fanfare over at the World Congress Center
2 PM: Team arrives at the field. Heads to locker room. Some players walk around on field, listening to music, throwing ball around.
3 PM: Team emerges from locker room officially to raucous applause from our great fans!
3:15 PM: Georgia Dome plays Bulldog highlight video!

That's it for now. . . reminder to follow us on Twitter @UGAAthletics and @UGAHedgesBlog and be sure to check back later for more!

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