Nov. 20, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia softball team will have 27 home dates during the 2013 season, including series with Southeastern Conference foes Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M and LSU, it was announced today by head coach Lu Harris-Champer. The 2013 slate also features 24 SEC games, 32 non-conference game, 10 games against NCAA Regional Teams and three teams that played in the 2012 College World Series, including two that made it to the Final Four.
Georgia kicks off the 2013 slate Feb. 8-10 with the first of three home tournaments. The Sixth Annual Red and Black Showcase will feature teams from Elon, Ohio State and Winthrop. The Bulldogs will be back in action the following weekend, Feb. 15-17, when it welcomes Campbell, Northwestern and Middle Tennessee State for the 10th Annual Georgia Softball Classic.
The Bulldogs return to sunny California for the third year in a row Feb. 21-23 for the Cathedral City Classic. The three-day tournament features three NCAA Regional teams from a year ago in Oklahoma, Stanford and Washington. Georgia will also take on Colorado State and Cal Poly during the tournament.
Georgia returns home March 1-3 for the Fifth Annual Bulldog Invitational, where it will host North Dakota State, Indiana State and Radford. Georgia will travel to Rock Hill, S.C., to take part in a three-day tournament hosted by Winthrop March 8-10. The Bulldogs will face Delaware State, Winthrop, Kent State, Western Illinois and North Carolina A&T during the tournament.
The Bulldogs will travel to Atlanta, Ga., on March 13 for the first of two meetings with in-state rival Georgia Tech and the last non-conference game before Southeastern Conference play begins.
Auburn will be Georgia's first SEC foe, when the team begins league play March 15-17 in Auburn, Ala. Georgia will host Gardner-Webb on March 20, before playing host to the Ole Miss Rebels March 22-24 in the first home conference series of the season.
Georgia Southern makes a return trip to Athens on March 27 for a game that features two teams from the NCAA Athens Regional last season. Following the nonconference tilt, Georgia will travel to Fayetteville, Ark., the following weekend, March 29-31, to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The Bulldogs will begin a five-game home stand on April 3 when it welcomes Georgia Tech to Jack Turner Stadium. The following weekend, April 5-7, Georgia will host its 2012 NCAA Super Regional opponent Tennessee. Georgia wraps up the home stand on April 10 when it plays Western Carolina.
Georgia steps back into conference play April 12-14, when it travels to Columbia, S.C., to face the South Carolina Gamecocks. Following the away series at South Carolina, Georgia will begin another five-game home stand. Georgia will take on USC Upstate on April 17 before welcoming league newcomer Texas A&M to Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs follow the SEC series with Texas A&M with a non-conference game against Georgia State on April 24, before travelling to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the Florida Gators.
Georgia closes out the regular season with a three-game series against Women's College World Series participant LSU May 3-5 in Athens, Ga.
The SEC Tournament is being hosted by the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington, Ky., and will be held May 9-11. The NCAA Regional weekend is May 17-19, with Super Regionals being held May 25-26. The Women's College World Series will be June 30-July 5 in Oklahoma City, Okla.