Georgia Softball Advances in Dramatic Fashion to Face Michigan in Super Regional


The Georgia softball team could have taken a less circuitous path out of Athens to the Ann Arbor Super Regional. But the Dawgs face Michigan for a trip to the NCAA Championship, and no one is complaining.

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After dramatic comeback in the NCAA Softball Regional at Georgia’s Jack Turner Stadium, the fourteenth seeded Georgia softball team travels to Ann Arbor to challenge third seeded Michigan. The Super Regional is Thursday-Friday, May 21-22. Georgia’s is making its eighth Super Regional appearance.

Georgia advanced to the Super Regional after winning three consecutive elimination games in three days.

After the Lady Dawgs opened the Regional with a win over Central Connecticut State, Western Kentucky kicked Georgia into the loser bracket with a 2-1 14-inning loss.

On Saturday, facing elimination, Georgia’s Alex Hugo rocked a 0-2 pitch beyond the fence for a 6-5 win over North Carolina. The win kept Georgia’s season alive and earned for the Dawgs the privilege of another elimination game.

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Saturday’s do or die game was a back and forth affair. Georgia led 1-0 after one inning and extended the lead to 2-0 in the second. But North Carolina capitalized on a throwing error in the top of the fourth and scored three runs for a 3-2 lead.

After the Tar heels added a run in the top of the fifth, the Bulldogs rallied. An intentional walk to Hugo loaded the bases, Tina Iosefa went to first on a hit by pitch, driving in  McGuire to make it a 4-3 game. Anna Swafford then smashed a single over second for two-runs and a Bulldog lead.

The Tar Heels, also fighting for their season, answered back with a two out home run to left field from Jenna Kelly to set up Hugo’s heroics.

The win kept Georgia’s season alive and earned for the Dawgs the privilege of another elimination game. Georgia responded to the task, run ruling the Hilltoppers, 12-3 in the first game to earn another a shot in the final elimination game. Georgia run ruled Western Kentucky again, 17-0, to send Georgia to the Super Regional. It was the 23rd and 24th times that Georgia has run ruled and opponent.

First pitch of the Ann Arbor Super Regional is 9 p.m. ET on Thursday on ESPN2. The second game is at 6 p.m. ET on Friday on ESPNU. If necessary, the teams will play at 9 p.m., ET on ESPN.

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