2007 Softball History
The 2007 softball season for the Georgia Bulldogs could be characterized as one full of contrasting fashion. The Bulldogs got off to a relatively fast start after compiling a 22-8 record before the start of Southeastern Conference play. However, a key injury to senior hurler Kasi Carroll sent Georgia into a tailspin, dropping 12 of 13 SEC games from March 24 to April 15. But the Bulldogs persevered and finished the season on a strong note, falling one game shy of an NCAA Super Regional.
Georgia concluded the 2007 season with a third-place finish in the SEC after posting a 46-28 overall record and a 13-15 mark in conference play. Propelled by its school-record sixth consecutive postseason appearance, Georgia tallied a 3-2 record at the NCAA Lincoln Regional, dropping a decisive game seven, 1-0, to the No. 7 nationally-seeded Washington Huskies.
Kasi Carroll (29-10) accounted for 63 percent of the team's total wins in 2007, compiling a 1.77 ERA in 245.1 innings pitched. The right-hander hurled nine complete game shutouts en route to recording 234 strikeouts. For her career, Carroll posted a 94-29 record with a 1.68 ERA in 791.1 innings. She also tossed 26 complete game shutouts while striking out 670 batters.
Sophomore Chrsitie Hamilton (15-14) formed a formidable 1-2 punch in the circle for the Bulldogs, compiling a 2.97 ERA in 181.1 innings of work. Freshman Kate Gaskill also logged 62.2 innings during the 2007 campaign, posting a 2-4 record with a 3.35 ERA.
Offensively, the Bulldogs concluded the season with a .266 batting average. Georgia ranked third in the league with a school-record 135 stolen bases, and fourth in runs (312), hits (505), and RBI (261).
Outfielder Kellie Middleton paced the Georgia offense in 2007 with a team-leading .374 batting average with 85 hits, 50 runs, 16 doubles, five triples, five home runs, 42 RBI and 47 stolen bases. The native of Norcross, Ga., concluded regular season play first in the SEC in hits and stolen bases. She also ranked second in doubles and triples, third in total bases, fourth in runs, seventh in on base percentage and ninth in batting average.
Charvi Greer checked in with the team's second highest batting average after hitting at a .343 clip with 47 runs and 39 stolen bases.
Senior infielder Megan McAllister concluded her career as Georgia's all-time home run leader (47), eclipsing Ashley Godfrey's mark (42) set in 2006. The native of Carlsbad, Calif., hit .260 in 2007 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI.
Middleton became a two-time All-America in 2007 after earning Second Team honors by Easton. Carroll also earned All-America honors after being named to ESPN the Magazine's 2007 Academic All-America First Team. Middleton was also the lone Bulldog selected to the All-SEC First Team.
Georgia returns eight letterwinners, including three seniors, to its 2008 squad that will feature a freshmen class that was ranked as the third-best class in the nation by Studentsports.com.