Georgia Baseball: is Stricklin’s job security in jeopardy?

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Georgia baseball finished its season in regional portion of the NCAA Tournament again. Now there’s an underlying question about the Bulldogs head coach.

No. 4 overall seed, Georgia baseball hosted its second straight NCAA regional this past weekend, and for the second year in a row, the Bulldogs were eliminated.

The Dawgs fell to Florida State in the regional final, 10-1, after being thumped the night before by the Seminoles.

Georgia showed glimpses of a College World Series bound team this weekend against Mercer and FAU.

However, both times the Bulldogs faced FSU it seemed like they couldn’t get anything going on offense.

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Last year, the Bulldogs struggled against the lesser seed, Duke, and were eliminated from the regional.

This leads to the question at hand, is head coach Scott Stricklin’s job in jeopardy?

I believe that Stricklin’s seat maybe a little warm after being eliminated as a regional host for the second straight year.

But, I don’t believe he will get the ax just quite yet.

If the Bulldogs have a lot of success next year and don’t breakthrough to a Super Regional, then I think his job will be in jeopardy.

In 2020, the Bulldogs will return with loaded with talent. Since taking over the program, Stricklin has proved to be an excellent recruiter, and it has shown since he first got the job.

The Bulldogs will only lose three seniors this year, and should not be affected by the MLB draft.

Georgia had one of the deepest pitching staffs’ in the country this year, and return most of their young talent.

Breakout RHP Emerson Hancock should return fully from injury. The Bulldogs should have a healthy Will Proctor back along with Cole Wilcox and Zac Kristofak should be returning as well.

Georgia was one of the best defensive teams in the country, and versatile players like Riley King and Cam Shepard will also coming back.

Georgia just ran into an unlucky draw with FSU’s head coach, Mike Martin, retiring at the end of the season. Martin is the winningest college baseball coach in the NCAA and well respected through the country.

Martin has also never won a national championship, and the Seminoles came into this past weekend hot.

According to Noles247, Stricklin expressed concern once he learned that Florida State might be a possible opponent that the Bulldogs might face.

“That is not a three seed, the team that you saw here this weekend, that is one of the top teams in the country,” Stricklin said.

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Georgia finishes the season with a 46-17 record, and the two losses to FSU this past weekend were two of there five losses at home. The water might be boiling around Stricklin, but I believe that for next season he will still have a coaching gig in Athens.