#8/9 Georgia (43-10) at the 2018 SEC Tournament
Dates: May 10-12, 2018
Opening Game Times: 2:30 p.m., EDT
Location: Columbia, Mo.
Stadium: Mizzou Softball Stadium
TV: SEC Network / ESPNU / ESPN 2
Streaming Video: SEC Network+
Radio: SiriusXM SEC Radio channel 374
Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com
Twitter Updates: @UGAsoftball
#8/9 Georgia is in Columbia, Missouri for the 2018 Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament this week. The second-seeded Bulldogs will open tournament play today in round two at 2:30 p.m., EDT, against Arkansas.
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» The 2018 SEC Softball Tournament will air nationally on the networks of ESPN and online via WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
» Every game of the SEC Tournament will air on SiriusXM SEC Radio channel 374.» Live stats will be available. Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule at GeorgiaDogs.com.
» Live Twitter updates will be available all season long at @UGAsoftball.
A Look Back
Georgia concluded the regular season going 1-2 on the road at Ole Miss. The series loss is the lone loss in SEC play this season. The Bulldogs fell on a walk-off home run in game one then were shut out in game two. Georgia rebounded to win the finale 5-1 behind a three-hit performance by Ciara Bryan. Justice Milz was consistent at the plate, picking up two hits in each game of the series. Georgia had not suffered back-to-back losses all season. Sunday’s finale win snapped a three-game losing skid.
A Look Ahead
The Bulldogs will look to make their 17th-consecutive NCAA Regional appearance following the SEC Tournament. The Bulldog’s current 16-striaght streak is one of 14 teams in the nation to appear in 16 or more consecutive regionals. The Bulldogs are one of only three SEC teams to produce such success. Past Regional action, Georgia has appeared in nine Super Regionals and three WCWS.
SEC Tournament Tidbits
» Georgia’s all-time SEC Tournament record is 20-20 (.500)
» Lone tournament title came in 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina
» Georgia will make its second appearance as a #2 seed, the last being 2006. Georgia defeated Arkansas then fell to LSU that season in Athens
» Georgia’s 20 SEC Tournament wins ranks fifth in tournament history while its .500 percentage ranks fourth-best
» Georgia has reached the tournament finals five times, fourth most in league history
» The Bulldogs rank second with four Championship runner-up finishes (2002, 2004, 2005, 2011)
» Lu Harris-Champer is the fourth-winning-est coach in tournament history at 20-16 (.556)
» Georgia is set to host the SEC Tournament in Athens in 2023
Georgia in the Top 25
The Bulldogs fell to #8 in the week 13 USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll while also falling to #9 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll. In the latest RPI, Georgia comes in at number 10 this week.
Harris-Champer Named SEC Coach of the Year
Lu Harris-Champer, who wins her third SEC Coach of the Year honor (2003, 2005) guided the Bulldogs to a 43-10 regular-season record, finishing second in the SEC with a 16-8 clip. Georgia’s second-place exceeded expectations as the Bulldogs were picked to finish ninth in the Preseason Poll, finishing in last place a season ago. Georgia won seven of eight conference series including wins over then #2 Florida, #7 Tennessee, and #17 Alabama. The Bulldogs opened the season 26-1, the best start in school history, including a 25-game winning streak to tie the program record. 2018 is the 16th40-win season under Harris-Champer. Georgia’s 16 SEC wins are the most since 2012 (17). The Bulldogs are expected to make their 17th-consecutive NCAA Regional appearance this month.
Four Bulldogs Earn All-SEC Honors
Pitcher Brittany Gray, infielder Alyssa DiCarlo, and outfielder Cortni Emanuel earned First Team All-SEC accolades while infielder Justice Milz earned Second Team honors. The honors for Gray and Milz are firsts in their careers while Emanuel earns her fourth (All-Freshman Team in 2015, Second Team in 2016, then First Team in 2017). It’s the third-straight for DiCarlo (First Team, All-Freshman in 2016; Second Team in 2017).