Georgia’s softball team played two games on national television Sunday and put on a good show. Hope you saw some of it.
The youngest team in major-college softball -– 10 freshmen, eight sophomores, no juniors, two seniors –- was one of the last three teams standing in the Women’s College World Series.
After beating Washington (and national Player of the Year Danielle Lawrie) 9-8 in a compelling, extra-inning marathon Sunday afternoon, the Bulldogs found themselves one victory from the WCWS finals. Alas, they lost a Sunday night rematch to Washington and Lawrie, 9-3.
So now it’s Washington vs. Florida in a best-of-three series for the championship.
But the Bulldogs did their school proud in their first trip to the Women’s College World Series, playing with tenacity and enthusiasm.
A couple of other things from the weekend:
– Georgia’s baseball team, clearly over-hyped when it climbed to No. 1 in the polls a while back, had its season end ingloriously in an NCAA Regional on Sunday afternoon in Tallahassee. Shaky pitching and defense added up to a 13-6 loss to Ohio State –- the same Ohio State team that Georgia demolished 24-8 two days earlier. And the same Ohio State team that, later Sunday, would lose to Florida State 37-6. Yes, 37-6!
– Now, football: Georgia’s announcement Saturday that backup free safety John Knox is transferring to Georgia Military College for academic reasons further solidifies Bryan Evans as the starter at the position, although there wasn’t really any doubt about that coming out of spring practice anyway. Knox was listed No. 2 on the post-spring depth chart at free safety, apparently well behind Evans, the converted cornerback. Evans, as you know, shifted to safety at mid-season last year after getting burned at corner early in the season. Evans got much praise from coaches and teammates for his play at safety this spring. Reshad Jones is the No. 1 strong safety, after starting at free safety last season, and he says the two positions are essentially interchangeable. With Knox gone, Georgia’s backup safeties include Makiri Pugh (listed as the No. 3 free safety before Knox’s departure), Baccari Rambo (listed as No. 2 strong safety) and, if healthy, Quintin Banks (listed as No. 3 strong safety). Rambo and Pugh, both redshirted as freshmen last season, impressed teammates and coaches on the practice field. Banks, a rising junior, played in only one game last season because of two knee injuries.