2010 Softball Season In Review



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July 7, 2010

The Georgia Bulldogs finished the 2010 season with a 50-13 overall record, made the school’s ninth-consecutive NCAA Division I Softball Championship appearance and advanced to the Women’s College World Series for a second-straight season. At the WCWS, Georgia advanced to be one of the final four remaining teams and is the only program to achieve that feat in both 2009 and 2010.

In the final rankings of the 2010 season, the Bulldogs were ranked No. 3 in the USA Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) final poll and No. 4 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball final poll. The No. 3 ranking is the program’s highest-ever ranking as the Bulldogs trailed only national champion UCLA and national runner-up Arizona. Georgia matched its previous-best No. 4 ranking in the USA Softball poll where the Bulldogs were ranked behind UCLA, Arizona and Tennessee. The Lady Vols were fourth in the NFCA poll while Washington rounded out the top five in both polls.

Georgia’s 2010 run to the WCWS included going 3-0 as host to the NCAA Athens Regional against Elon, Florida State and Radford and then sweeping the NCAA Athens Super Regional against California.

In Southeastern Conference play, UGA went 18-8 to finish second in the Easton Division led by All-SEC performances from juniors Alisa Goler, Taylor Schlopy, Megan Wiggins and Brianna Hesson. Goler, Schlopy and Wiggins earned First Team honors while Wiggins and Hesson were named to the All-Defensive team in left field and at first base, respectively.

Goler and Schlopy went on to garner All-America honors as both were named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Second Team. Schlopy was also named to the ESPN.com All-America Team.

Goler led the Bulldogs with a .755 slugging percentage and a single-season school record 55 walks. Goler also tied for the team lead with16 home runs while driving in 57 and scoring 43 runs. Additionally, Goler was second in on-base percentage at .534 and third in batting average at .377 while also stealing a personal-best 10 for 10 bases.

Schlopy was a top 25 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, led the team in several offensive categories in 2010 including batting average (.418), on-base percentage (.566), runs scored (79), triples (5) and stolen bases (30). Schlopy's on-base percentage broke the previous single-season UGA record of .551 set by Goler in 2009 while her 79 runs scored also established a new single-season school record surpassing the previous mark of 78 set by Nicole Barber in 2003. Additionally, Schlopy would have set a new school record with 50 walks but was second on the team in that category behind Goler's 55. Schlopy also contributed 11 home runs and 33 RBI in 2010.

In the UGA record books, several records fell as the Bulldogs established new single-season school records for home runs (99), runs (422), doubles (102), RBI (380), total bases (944), walks (231), slugging percentage (.578) and on-base percentage (.413).

The Bulldogs also set multiple single inning and single game records in 2010. Against Bowling Green on Feb. 19, Georgia's biggest inning school history came in the third with 13 runs on 11 hits in 17 plate appearances, all school record. For single-game records, Georgia established a new doubles record with six against Radford while tying record for home runs in a game with five against UCF and stolen bases in a game with nine vs. Minnesota.

2010 Player Honors:
USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalist
Taylor Schlopy

Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America Second Team
- Alisa Goler
- Taylor Schlopy

ESPN.com All-America Team
- Taylor Schlopy

NFCA All-Southeast Region First Team
- Alisa Goler
- Taylor Schlopy

NFCA All-Southeast Region Second Team
- Megan Wiggins

All-SEC First Team
- Alisa Goler
- Taylor Schlopy
- Megan Wiggins

SEC All-Defensive Team
- Brianna Hesson, 1B
- Megan Wiggins, LF

SEC Community Service Team
- Jennie Auger

SEC Player of the Week
- Taylor Schlopy (4/12)
- Megan Wiggins (4/19)

SEC Pitcher of the Week
- Sarah McCloud (2/15)
- Erin Arevalo (2/22)
- Erin Arevalo (3/1)

CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team
- Kristyn Sandberg
- Taylor Schlopy

SEC Academic Honor Roll
- Jennie Auger, Alisa Goler, Brittney Hubbard, Sarah McCloud, Katie Murphy,
Lacey Pierce, Kristyn Sandberg, Taylor Schlopy, Laura Trout

Preseason Top 50 Watchlist for the 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
- Alisa Goler
- Taylor Schlopy

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