May 11, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia has been selected as the No. 4 overall seed and one of 16 regional host sites for the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Championships, the NCAA announced on Sunday night, May 11. The No. 4 is the highest NCAA seed ever for the Bulldogs. Georgia enters the tournament as the automatic bid from the Southeastern Conference after taking home the program's first-ever SEC Tournament title on Saturday, May 10 after defeating Kentucky 5-2. On their way to the title, the Bulldogs defeated fifth-seeded Florida and the No. 2 seeded Alabama.
As Georgia is seeded fourth nationally, should it advance to the Super Regional Round, the Bulldogs will serve as the hosts and welcome the winner of the Waco Regional to Athens.
The 2014 NCAA Athens Regional at the Jack Turner Softball Stadium will feature host Georgia (45-12) from the Southeastern Conference, NC State (34-16) from the Atlantic Coast Conference, UAB (31-25) from the Conference USA and Chattanooga (34-19) from the Southern Conference.
The Bulldogs have faced both NC State and UAB this season, going 2-1 in those games. Georgia handed NC State an 8-0 loss and went 1-1 against UAB. The Blazers took the first game with the Bulldogs 8-0, before Georgia answered with a 10-1 win.
Georgia is making both its 13th-consecutive NCAA postseason appearance, all under head coach Lu Harris-Champer. The Bulldogs are 46-24 overall in NCAA postseason play, and advanced to the Women's College World Series final four in 2009 and 2010.
A total of 64 teams were selected to the NCAA Tournament with 30 conferences being awarded automatic qualification, while the remaining 34 slots were filled with at-large selections to complete the bracket. The top 16 teams were seeded nationally with Georgia earning the 4th overall seed.
The SEC put 11 teams into the NCAA Tournament this season, matching the conference record that was set a season ago. Of those 11 teams, three received top-eight seeds, while three more will host a Regional. Each of the 16 Regional winners will advance to the Super Regional round of play May 24-25.
In Super Regionals, eight sites play host to a best-of-three game series with the winners earning one of eight spots in the NCAA Division I Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City May 29-June 4.
2014 NCAA ATHENS REGIONAL SCHEDULE OF GAMES
Friday, May 16
2:30 p.m.: UAB vs. NC State
5:30 p.m.: Chattanooga vs. Georgia
Saturday, May 17
12 p.m.: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
2:30 p.m.: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 |
5 p.m.: Winner Game 4 vs. Loser Game 3
Sunday, May 18
12 p.m.: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 5
2:30 p.m.: (If Necessary): Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6
**All Times Eastern & Subject To Change**
2014 NCAA ATHENS REGIONAL TICKET INFORMATION:
Tickets for the 2014 NCAA Athens Regional will go on sale Monday morning, May 12, at 9 a.m. ET.
Reserved - $25
Adult General Admission - $20
Student General Admission - $15
Reserved - $10
Adult General Admission - $7
Student General Admission - $5
Fans can order NCAA Softball Athens Regional tickets in any of the following ways:
- In-person at the Athletic Association ticket office location at Butts-Mehre
- By calling 1-877-542-1231
- Online by clicking here
- Will Call & Day of Game Sales At Jack Turner Softball Stadium
(Will call and ticket sales will move to Jack Turner Softball Stadium on Friday and will open two hours before the first game scheduled each day)