No. 1 Georgia Takes On No. 2 Alabama This Weekend
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March 15, 2011

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ATHENS, Ga. - The top-ranked University of Georgia softball team will take to the road this week traveling to play Southeastern Conference games at South Carolina and at No. 2 Alabama.

 

Georgia (21-1, 3-0 SEC) will be in Columbia, S.C., for a double header against South Carolina (16-7, 3-2 SEC) on Wednesday. First pitch between the Bulldogs and Gamecocks is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET. In the all-time Georgia-South Carolina series, the Bulldogs hold a 27-23 edge and have won the last nine meetings.

 

After playing the twin bills at South Carolina, the Bulldogs venture to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a three-game series with Alabama (24-1, 0-0 SEC) over the weekend. The Crimson Tide will also be in action on Wednesday playing host to a double header with Auburn before welcoming in the Bulldogs.

 

First pitch of UGA-UA series will be on Friday 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the two teams will meet at 8 p.m. in a nationally televised ESPNU contest with Mark Neely calling the play-by-play and Michele Smith providing color commentary. Georgia and Alabama will then play the series finale on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

 

In the all-time Georgia-Alabama series, the Crimson Tide holds a 28-12 advantage. Last year, Georgia won the opening game of the series in Athens, 3-0, but Alabama bounced back to win the next two games, 8-5 and 13-4 (6). UGA's last series win over Alabama was in 2005.

 

Live stats will be available for all five games this week with the UGA-USC double header available at www.gamecocksonline.com and the UGA-UA series at www.rolltide.com. Through www.georiadogs.com, live audio will be available for both games at South Carolina as well as the Friday and Sunday contests at Alabama. Kevin Copp will provide the play-by-play commentary.

 

In the latest release of the national polls on Tuesday, Georgia was ranked No. 1 in both the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division I Top 25 Poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball Division I Top 25 Poll. It marks the fourth-straight week Georgia has sat atop the NFCA poll, and it is the first week the Bulldogs earned top billing in the USA Softball poll.

 

Alabama sits at No. 2 in the USA Softball poll, and at No. 3 behind Florida in NFCA poll.

 

2011 USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll - March 15, 2011:

Rank

Team

Record

Totals

Last Poll

1

Georgia (25)

21-1

744

1

2

Florida (4)

25-1

715

2

3

Alabama (1)

24-1

692

3

4

Washington

19-0

659

5

5

Michigan

25-1

608

6

6

Arizona St.

24-1

600

8

7

Arizona

21-4

546

4

8

UCLA

20-5

517

9

9

Oklahoma

22-5

506

10

10

California

16-2

486

11

11

Tennessee

20-4

450

7

12

Texas

18-3

415

12

13

Stanford

17-3

387

13

14

Nebraska

19-2

347

16

15

Oregon

18-2

323

15

16

Hawaii

20-5

290

14

17

Missouri

16-3

278

18

18

Baylor

22-3

237

23

19

La.-Lafayette

20-3

224

17

20

Oklahoma St.

20-6

169

20

21

Texas Tech

29-1

158

19

22

Texas A&M

20-6

124

22

23

Auburn

22-2

105

24

24

Kentucky

16-4

77

RV

25

LSU

15-10

31

21

 

Dropped Out: No. 25 Syracuse

 

Others Receiving Votes: Fresno St. 17, DePaul 13, Georgia Tech 10, Notre Dame 7, Virginia 5, Syracuse 3, Long Beach St. 3, Kansas 1, Northwestern 1, S.C Upstate 1, Troy 1

 

 

2011 ESPN.com/USA Softball Division I Top 25 Poll - March 15, 2011:

Rank      Team     Record Points    Last Poll

1

Georgia (7)

21-1

480

3

2

Alabama (5)

24-1

479

2

3

Florida (8)

25-1

474

1

4

Washington

19-0

428

6

5

Arizona State

24-1

411

7

6

Michigan

25-1

406

5

7

Arizona

21-4

360

4

8

Oklahoma

22-5

358

9

9

California

16-2

329

11

10

Stanford

17-3

290

12

T11

Tennessee

20-4

280

8

T11

UCLA

20-5

280

10

13

Missouri

16-3

277

T14

14

Texas

18-3

235

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