May 16, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - The University of Georgia softball team is set to take on the field at the Tempe Regional in Tempe, Ariz., hosted by Arizona State. The Bulldogs enter the weekend with a 38-19 record and will open the Regional with San Diego State Friday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. ET. San Diego State is 35-18 on the year, while Arizona State earned the No. 5 National Seed with a 45-10 record. San Jose State is also playing in the Regional and comes in with a record of 42-15. All games in the Tempe Regional will be televised on ESPNU.
Friday, May 17
Game 1: 3:30 p.m. ET - San Diego State (35-18) vs. Georgia (38-19)
Game 2: 7 p.m. ET - San Jose State (42-15) at No. 5 Arizona State (45-10)
Saturday, May 18
Game 3: 6 p.m. ET - Winners of Game 1 and Game 2
Game 4: 8:30 p.m. ET - Losers of Game 1 and Game 2
Game 5: 1 p.m. ET - Loser of Game 3 and Winner of Game 4
Sunday, May 19
Game 6: 6 p.m. ET - Winner of Game 3 and Game 5
Game 7: 8:30 p.m. ET - *If necessary
Live stats will be available at www.georgiadogs.com
Live audio for will be available online through GTV and locally on Fox News 1340 WGAU
All games will be aired on ESPNU
A Regional central page can be found at www.thesundevils.com
Georgia has not faced any of its Regional opponents this season and is 1-2 all-time against the Tempe Regional field. The Bulldogs are 0-2 against Arizona State and 1-0 against San Diego State. Georgia has never faced San Jose State.
Georgia is 44-22 all-time in the NCAA Softball Tournament. The Bulldogs own a 32-10 all-time record in NCAA Regionals and have gone undefeated in each of the past five Regionals it has played in, dating back to the 2008 season.
More on Georgia and the NCAA Tournament: It is the 12th time in program history that the Bulldogs have been selected to participate in an NCAA Regional, all under Head Coach Lu Harris-Champer. Last season, the Bulldogs hosted a Regional, going 3-0 and advancing to the Knoxville Super Regional. The last time that the Bulldogs opened NCAA Regional play away from Jack Turner Stadium was in 2009 when Georgia was the No. 1 seed in the Chapel Hill Regional. That season, the Bulldogs advanced to the Final Four of the Women's College World Series.
Power Hitting: The Tempe Regional might be the most action-packed Regional of them all this year. Combined, the four teams have hit 250 home runs this season, including 90 by Georgia and 89 by Arizona State.
Reaching Safely: Katie Browne has reached base safely in each of the past five Georgia games this season. Paige Wilson and Kaylee Puailoa have also been instrumental in the success that Georgia has had of late, having reached base safely in the last four games that the Bulldogs have played.
SECond to None: The Southeastern Conference had an unprecedented and record 11 teams make it the NCAA Softball Tournament this season. The SEC also grabbed seven national seeds and had one team in Mississippi State qualify for the NCAA field without making the SEC Tournament.
On Deck: The Super Regional round of the 2013 NCAA Softball Championship will be held next weekend, May 23-26. The Super Regionals pit the winners of each of the 16 Regionals in a best of three series. The winner of the Tempe Regional is set to clash with the winner