University of Georgia teams will be playing Sunday for spots in the NCAA tennis semifinals and the NCAA softball super regionals.
Oklahoma is coached by John Roddick, a four-time All-American player for Georgia from 1995-99 and UGA’s Athlete of the Year in 1998. This is his first year as the Sooners’ coach. This is what he had to say about going up against the Bulldogs:
“What a day it will be . . . win or lose. This is going to be a great opportunity for the kids. If you had told me in June [when he took the job] that all of this was going to happen, I would have said you were crazy. I’m just so happy right now. . . . It’s emotional.”
Both Oklahoma and Georgia pulled off upsets late Friday, the Sooners beating No. 3 seed Texas and the Bulldogs topping No. 6 seed Florida.
Georgia has reached the national semifinals in three of the past four years.
(UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Sunday: Georgia beat Radford 8-1 today to advance to the Super Regionals. Megan Wiggins went 3-for-4 with three RBI, and Brianna Hesson went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Georgia is now 46-11 this season.)
For Georgia against FSU on Saturday, Sarah McCloud struck out seven and allowed just three hits in five innings, while Kristyn Sandberg went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Megan Wiggins 3-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases.
Meanwhile, two Georgia teams saw their seasons end on Saturday. The baseball team (16-37 overall, 5-23 SEC) finished a forgettable season with a 14-11 loss to Kentucky. And the SEC champion men’s golf team failed to advance to next month’s NCAA Championships, losing a playoff to Baylor for the fifth and final qualifying spot from the NCAA South Regional. However, Georgia’s Russell Henley won medalist honors and will advance to the NCAA Championships as an individual.