May 8, 2012
ATHENS, Ga.—After moving its season mark to 40-14 and its conference record to 17-11, the University of Georgia softball team ranked No. 11 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and in the ESPN.com/USA Softball polls released Tuesday.
California remained as the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today/NFCA poll with Arizona State behind at the second spot. Alabama takes the third slot followed by Oklahoma at No. 4 and Tennessee at No. 5.
California also claims the No. 1 spot in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll while Arizona State grabs No. 2. Alabama follows at No. 3 as Oklahoma and Tennessee round out the top five.
Georgia concluded its last regular-season matchup by taking two games from Arkansas over the weekend. Following her performance, Paige Wilson was selected SEC Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this season, as she recorded hits in each game, including a two-run home run on Sunday.
Senior Ashley Pauly led the team with a .500 average, as she went 4-of-8 at the plate, including a two-hit game on Sunday’s senior day, with two RBI.
In the circle, senior Erin Arevalo tabbed the team’s two wins. The California native pitched two complete games with a combined eight hits, three runs and 16 strikeouts.
The Bulldogs will begin postseason play starting with the SEC Tournament in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Thursday, May 10 at 5 p.m. ET. Georgia will take the four seed and will take on fifth-seed Kentucky in the first round. The first two days of the tournament will be featured on ESPNU while Saturday’s championship game will be on ESPN.