Head Coach Lu Harris-Champer coached her 11th season at UGA in 2011.
June 14, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. -- The 2011 Georgia Bulldogs made the program's 10th-straight NCAA Division I Softball Championship appearance and advanced to the Super Regional round of play for the fifth time en route to finishing the season at 51-14.
In the final rankings of the 2011 season, the Bulldogs were ranked No. 9 in both the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) final poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball final poll. During the season, the Bulldogs spend four weeks at No. 1 in the NFCA poll (weeks 3-6) and one week at No. 1 (week 6) in the USA Softball poll. UGA had previously never received a No. 1 vote in either poll.
Georgia's NCAA Tournament run came at home at Jack Turner Stadium, which was officially dedicated in 2011 in honor of the late Jack Turner thanks in part to gifts from himself and his son Jimmy Turner. The Bulldogs went 3-0 while hosting the NCAA Athens Regional against Georgia State, UAB and Florida State. UGA then welcomed Baylor for the NCAA Athens Super Regional that saw the Lady Bears take two-of-three to advance to the Women's College World Series.
Georgia reached 50 wins for the seventh time in program history and in the process set four team records in 2011 including 434 runs, 390 RBI, 238 walks and an on-base percentage of .418. Additionally, the Bulldogs posted the second highest home run mark with 97 long balls.
The end of the 2011 season also marked the end of the collegiate career for eight remarkable seniors: Jennie Auger, Brianna Hesson, Alisa Goler Sarah McCloud, Katie Murphy, Taylor Schlopy, Laura Trout and Megan Wiggins. As a group, those eight seniors combined for 144 spots in the UGA top 10 season and career record books including 13 single-season records and 11 careers record. Over the last four years Georgia went 194-63 and won 127 games at home, the most of any senior class.
In Southeastern Conference play in 2011, UGA went 17-9 to finish third in the Eastern Division led by All-SEC performances from Goler, Wiggins, Hesson, Schlopy and junior Ashley Razey. Goler and Wiggins were both selected to the first team while Hesson, Schlopy and Razey were named to the second team. Additionally, Goler, Wiggins and Hesson each earned a spot on the SEC All-Defensive Team at third base, left field and first base, respectively.
Goler, Wiggins and Schlopy all went on to garner All-America honors. Goler and Wiggins were both named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Second Team while Goler and Schlopy were named Lowe's Senior CLASS All-Americans.
Goler finished her four years holding nine UGA career records including home runs (58), RBI (236), walks (184), sacrifice flies (tied, 12), slugging percentage (.686), walk-to-strikeout ratio (3.54, toughest to strikeout (0.076 strikeouts per at-bat), games with multiple home runs (9) and grand slams (4). Goler's 184 career walks were also an SEC record and rank seventh most in NCAA history.
The other two UGA career records set by the senior class of 2011 include Schlopy's .501on-base percentage and Wiggins' 121 extra-base hits (61 doubles, 14 triples and 46 home runs). Wiggins also became the first SEC player and the 11th NCAA player to reach 200 career RBI and 200 career runs scored as she finished with 203 in both categories.
Schlopy, Wiggins and Goler were each drafted in the National Pro Fastpitch senior draft as well. Schlopy went second overall to the Akron Racers while the Chicago Bandits took both Wiggins and Goler at eighth and 12th overall, respectively. At the end of the season, Hesson also joined the pro ranks as a member of the NPF Diamonds.
Additional highlights of Georgia's 2011 campaign include the Bulldogs hitting a school-record five home runs in a game three times, winning a school-record 20 games by run-rule, Hesson (USA Softball) and junior Kristyn Sandberg (NFCA) earning national player of the week honors, Morgan Montemayor twice being named SEC Freshman of the Week and head coach Lu Harris-Champer surpassing three milestones: 1,000 collegiate games coached, 750 wins and 200 SEC wins.