NCAA Softball Regional Preview - Part Two
May 15, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The Georgia softball team earned the nation's 10th-overall seed to the 2012 NCAA Tournament and will play host to one of 16 Regional rounds this weekend. The Bulldogs will play as the No. 1 seed in the Athens Regional and will host second-seeded North Carolina, No. 3 seed Georgia Southern and fourth-seeded Coastal Carolina. UNC enters the weekend as the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season champion with a record of 41-13. No. 3 seed Georgia Southern owns a 42-18 record and travels to Athens as the Southern Conference regular-season and tournament champion. Coastal Carolina, a member of the Big South, is 43-18 and was crowned the Big South Tournament Champion.
History Lesson: Georgia has made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament 10-straight seasons under the guidance of Lu Harris-Champer. The Bulldogs made it to the College World Series Final Four in 2009 and 2010. Last season, Georgia advanced to the Super Regional Round where it fell to No. 15 Baylor. In all Georgia has been crowned the Regional Champion five times.
A Look Back: Georgia advanced to the semifinal round of the 2012 Southeastern Conference Tournament last weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Bulldogs defeated Kentucky 6-4 in game one before falling 1-0 to eventual tournament and regular-season champion Alabama.
NFCA All-Region Team: Georgia put four members on the NFCA All-Region Team. Senior Kristyn Sandberg and junior Tess Sito were selected to the Southeast Region First Team at catcher and first base, respectively, while senior pitcher
Record in the Postseason: This marks the 11-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament for the Georgia softball team. The Bulldogs have accumulated a 37-20 record in the postseason. Georgia has fared well in the NCAA Regional Round in recent years, having been crowned the champions in each of the last four Regional appearances. The last two championships have been won at Jack Turner Stadium.