The Georgia Softball schedule will take the Bulldogs coast to coast and include a slate of 24 conference games.
The University of Georgia softball team will have 25 home dates during the 2015 season, including Southeastern Conference series against Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri and Florida.
The 2015 slate also features 31 non-conference games, 23 games against 2014 NCAA Regional teams, 13 games against teams that made it to the Super Regional Round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament and six teams that were ranked in the final poll of 2014. The Bulldogs will also host both participants of the 2014 Women’s College World Series Final.
Opening day is Thursday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m., when Georgia hosts Coppin State. Coppin State will also take part in the Red and Black Showcase the following weekend along with Illinois, Murray State and Winthrop. The Bulldogs will also host the Georgia Softball Classic the following weekend, hosting SIU-Edwardsville, Elon and Troy.
Georgia hits the road for the first time Feb. 19-21 when it travels to Cathedral City, Calif., for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. During the event, Georgia will take on Indiana and 2014 NCAA Tournament participants Texas, Oklahoma and Notre Dame.
The road swing continues the following week, as the Bulldogs will travel to Savannah, Ga., for a doubleheader against Savannah State on Feb. 25. From there, Georgia will make its way to Orlando, Fla., for a three-day tournament that will begin with games against Indiana and 2014 NCAA Tournament participant James Madison on Feb. 27.
Georgia then takes on Penn State and Fordham, which also made it to the NCAA Tournament last year, on Feb. 28. Georgia will wrap up the tournament in Orlando with a game against Nebraska-Omaha on March 1. Georgia’s final tune up before Southeastern Conference play is a home doubleheader against Wright State on March 4.
The SEC schedule begins March 6-8, when Georgia heads to Starkville, Miss., to face the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Georgia will step out of conference on March 18 when it makes the short trip to Atlanta, Ga., to take on in-state rival Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs faced Tech twice last season, winning both games for the season sweep.
Last season, the Bulldogs finished with a 49-15 record that included a 15-9 mark in SEC play. The Bulldogs also had 13 wins over ranked teams, including six wins over teams that were ranked in the top 10 on their way to the program’s first-ever SEC Tournament Title.
Georgia was then selected at the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, allowing them to host both a Regional and a Super Regional. It was the seventh time that Georgia was selected to host a Regional and the fourth time that it hosted a Super Regional. The Bulldogs also had two NFCA All-Americans, seven NFCA All-Region selections, three First Team All-SEC selections and four SEC All-Tournament selections.