Feb. 22, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 1-ranked University of Georgia softball team will travel to California this week to play in the Cathedral City Classic at Big League Dreams Sports Park.
Georgia, selected as the top-ranked team in the USA Today/National Fast Pitch Coaches Association on Tuesday morning, will play five games in Cathedral City with two on both Thursday and Friday before concluding the trip with a showdown against Arizona, who is ranked No. 1 in the other major collegiate softball poll conducted by ESPN.com/USA Softball. The Bulldogs are tied third in that poll with UCLA.
Georgia (10-0) begins play in the Classic on Thursday with contests against No. 18/19 Oklahoma State (8-2) at 3:30 p.m. ET and No. 6 Oklahoma (11-1) at 6 p.m. On Friday, the Bulldogs square off against No. 21/24 Texas A&M (8-3) at 3:30 p.m. before playing Oregon State (4-1) at 6 p.m. The No. 1 vs. No. 1 contest between Georgia and Arizona will take place Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
One of the mostly highly anticipated regular season tournaments every season, the 2011 Cathedral City Classic will live up to the hype once again as it will feature 19 - 2010 NFCA All-Americans, 24 - 2010 NCAA Tournament teams, 10 - 2010 Super Regional teams and seven 2010 Women's College World Series teams.
The participating teams, which includes 15 ranked teams, #1/3 Arizona, #25 BYU, #14 California, Cal Poly, #4/5 Florida, Florida State, Fordham, Fullerton, #1/3 Georgia, #10/11 Hawaii, Indiana, Long Beach State, Long Island, Loyola Marymount, #20 LSU, #18/22 Nebraska, Nevada, Northwestern, Ohio State, #6 Oklahoma, #18/19 Oklahoma State, Oregon State, San Diego State, Syracuse, #8/10 Tennessee, #11/12 Texas, #21/24 Texas A&M, #2/3 UCLA, UC San Bernardino, Massachusetts, Utah, Virginia and #7/9 Washington.