Feb. 6, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. -The No. 8/9 University of Georgia softball team will kick off its 2013 campaign Friday when it welcomes Elon, Ohio State and Winthrop to Jack Turner Stadium for the Sixth Annual Red and Black Showcase. The tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m., when Ohio State takes on Elon. Georgia's first game of the season will be at 3 p.m., against Elon. Georgia welcomes back eight players from last year's team that made it to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament. Among the returners are senior Tess Sito and sophomore Paige Wilson. Morgan Montemayor will provide a veteran presence in the circle, having started each of the past two seasons. The Bulldogs have eight newcomers joining the roster for the 2013 campaign. Among the newcomers are seven players ranked in ESPN's Top 100. Geri Ann Glasco, Sam LaZear and Criket Blanco were each ranked among the nation's top-20 players coming out of high school.
Friday, Feb. 8
Ohio State vs. Elon - 12:30 p.m.
Georgia vs. Elon - 3 p.m.
Georgia vs. Ohio State - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9
Winthrop vs. Ohio State - 10 a.m.
Georgia vs. Elon - 12:30 p.m.
Georgia vs. Ohio State - 3 p.m.
Elon vs. Winthrop - 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 10
Ohio State vs. Winthrop - 10 a.m.
Georgia vs. Winthrop - 12:30 p.m.
Gametracker will be available for all tournament games.
ÂčLive audio will be available for free through GTV for all Georgia games
Opening Weekend: The Bulldogs are 56-19 all-time during the opening weekend of the season. Georgia has also won seven-straight season-openers dating back to a 7-6 over Arkansas in 2006.
ÂčRed and Black Showcase: Georgia owns a 23-2 all-time record in the Red and Black Showcase. Last season, the Bulldogs went 4-1 with wins over Army, Utah State, St. John's and Campbell.
Against Elon: Georgia leads the all-time series with Elon 7-0. The Bulldogs faced Elon three times in 2010, including once in the NCAA Athens Regional. Georgia won that meeting 10-4.
Against Ohio State: Georgia's last meeting with Ohio State is one of the most memorable moments in Georgia softball history. The Bulldogs swept the Buckeyes in the NCAA Athens Super Regional, the first Super Regional Georgia hosted, to advance to the program's first Women's College World Series. The Bulldogs won the first meeting 6-4 before clinching a berth in the WCWS with a 7-6 win in game two. In all, Georgia is 3-0 against Ohio State.
ÂčAgainst Winthrop: The Bulldogs hold a 16-2 advantage over the Winthrop Eagles in a series that dates back to 1998. After Winthrop won the first-ever meeting, the Bulldogs won 11-straight meetings. Georgia is currently riding a five-game win streak against the Eagles. The two teams were supposed to meet last season, but the game was called due to inclement weather. Sunday will mark the first of two times that these two teams will face one another this season. Georgia will travel to Rock Hill, S.C., later in the season to take part in the Winthrop/ADIDAS Invitational.