After being dominated by Florida in various sports for most of this school year, Georgia has gotten a bit of revenge against the Gators lately by twice knocking them out of postseason events.
Georgia’s men’s tennis team eliminated Florida from the NCAA Championships a couple of weeks ago in Athens, and Georgia’s softball team eliminated the Gators from the Women’s College World Series on Saturday night in Oklahoma City.
Both victories were upsets. In tennis, Florida was seeded No. 6 and Georgia No. 11. In softball, Florida entered the postseason ranked No.5 and Georgia No. 9.
Georgia’s 3-2 victory Saturday was the Bulldogs’ first win against Florida in softball since April 15, 2006. The teams had not met previously this season; their regular-season meetings were rained out.
Georgia’s Alisa Goler hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Brianna Hesson drove in the winning run with a single in the fifth. Sophomore pitcher Erin Arevalo got credit for the win, striking out six Gators -– including the final five batters –- in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
The victory put Georgia in the Women’s College World Series’ Final Four for the second consecutive year. UPDATE: Georgia lost to UCLA 5-2 Sunday afternoon, ending the Bulldogs’ WCWS run. Georgia finished the season with a 50-13 record. UCLA will play Arizona in the WCWS Championship Series.
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