Jan. 28, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia softball team checked in at No. 23 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Preseason Top 25 Poll and No. 21 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Poll. The Bulldogs are one of eight Southeastern Conference teams ranked in the polls.
Georgia is coming off a 40-21 season that saw it earn the program's 12th-straight NCAA Tournament bid. The Bulldogs return several key players, including seven position starters and two starting pitchers for 2014.
Among the returners is a NFCA All-American, three Easton All-Americans, three All-Southeast Region selections, the SEC Co-Freshman of the Year, three SEC All-Freshman honorees, two First Team All-SEC selections and two members of the SEC All-Tournament team.
In all, the Bulldogs will face seven teams that appear in the 2014 preseason polls, including No. 6/6 Alabama, No. 11/11 Texas A&M, No. 12/14 Kentucky, No. 14/17 Missouri, No. 17/19 LSU, No. 20/22 South Alabama and No. 21/25 UAB.
Georgia kicks off its 2014 campaign when it hosts the Seventh Annual Red and Black Showcase February 7-9, welcoming Winthrop, North Texas, and James Madison to Jack Turner Stadium.