March 13, 2012
ATHENS, Ga.—After moving its season mark to 21-3, the University of Georgia softball team ranked No. 8 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and the ESPN.com/USA Softball polls released Tuesday.
Alabama comes in at No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA poll with California behind at the second spot. Washington takes the third slot followed by Florida at No. 4 and Arizona State at No. 5.
California and Alabama continue to reign atop the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, as they hold the top two spots, respectively. Washington follows at No. 3 while Florida and Arizona State round out the top five.
Georgia opened SEC play this past weekend by taking its series with Mississippi State 2-1. Behind the pitching of senior Erin Arevalo, Georgia shut out MSU 2-0 on Saturday and 5-0 on Sunday. Arevalo posted nine strikeouts in each win to increase her 2012 season total to a team-high 82.
Freshman Niaja Griffin led the team at MSU in batting with a .444 average after she posted four hits, including a double and triple. Griffin also collected two stolen bases along with fellow classmate Anna Swafford. Junior Christine Olney followed with a .429 average that included three hits while freshman Gracie Goulder tallied the only home run of the weekend as one of her three hits.
The Bulldogs return to action in Atlanta on Wednesday, March 14 against Georgia Tech at 7:00 p.m. before hosting No. 18/20 Auburn in a three-game series starting on Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m.