Georgia earns national seed for NCAA tournament

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Monday, May 27, 2019

ATHENS, Ga. – For the fifth time in school history, the University of Georgia has earned a national seed for the NCAA Baseball Championship as the Bulldogs garnered a No. 4 seed for its regional May 31-June 3 at Foley Field.

The seventh-ranked Bulldogs (44-15) will be playing host to Florida Atlantic (40-19), Florida State (36-21) and Mercer (35-27) in a four-team regional.

On Friday, Florida Atlantic will face Florida State at Noon (ESPN3) followed by Georgia against Mercer at 7 p.m. (SEC Network). On Saturday, the losers meet in the afternoon game, and then the winners square off in the evening contest (Times TBA per television). Regional play is double-elimination. The winner of the Athens Regional will face the winner of the Baton Rouge Regional June 7-10. LSU is the No. 13 national seed with a 37-24 record and playing host to Arizona State (37-17), Southern Miss (38-19) and Stony Brook (31-28).In Super Regional action, eight sites play host to a best-of-three game series with the winners earning one of eight spots to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. (June 15-26).

The Bulldogs (44-15) will be making their 12thoverall appearance in an NCAA Regional including their sixth as a regional host at Foley Field. The Bulldogs have won four of five previous regionals in Athens, advancing in 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2008. This marks the second year in a row that the Bulldogs will serve as a regional host and a national seed. Georgia was a No. 6 national seed in 2001, a No. 7 national seed in 2006 and a No. 8 national seed in 2008 and again in 2018. The No. 4 national seed this year is the highest in school history.

Georgia returns to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back years for the first time since 2008-09. Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin has led the Bulldogs to a 44-15 overall record and the second best mark in SEC games at 21-9.