Bulldogs Heading West

ATHENS – Fresh off a clutch performance in the SEC tournament, Georgia received an at-large bid in the Oregon State Regional in Corvallis starting Friday.

The Bulldogs, playing as a No. 3 seed, will square off with No. 2 seed Creighton (44-14) Friday at Goss Stadium.

"I was a little surprised we're going out there to Oregon State with so many ACC teams hosting, and they usually match SEC teams with them, but this is a great opportunity to go West and have some fun," said coach David Perno. "We showed what we're capable of doing this past weekend at the SEC Tournament…We'll start getting prepared for Creighton and the rest of the teams in the regional. However, we don't worry too much about who we're playing; we try to focus on doing what we do well."

The host and top-seeded Oregon State Beavers (38-17) battle No. 4 seed Arkansas Little-Rock (24-32). Each of the 16 regionals features four teams playing in a double-elimination format conducted from June 3-6.

"We're glad we're in, and we were kind of on edge there watching it and seeing all the ACC sites filling up with teams, and then finally our name popped up and we're excited to be going to the West Coast," said second basemen Levi Hyams.

Georgia last appeared in the NCAA tournament in 2009, when the Bulldogs finished 1-2 in the Tallassee Regional. The Bulldogs are 46-28 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with six appearances in the College World Series.

Last week, the Bulldogs needed a win over rival Florida in the SEC tournament semifinals to gain the NCAA-required record of at least one game over .500. Georgia split with the third-ranked Gators, improving its record to 31-30 on the season to gain eligibility for further postseason play.

"We made a good run at the SEC Tournament and hopefully we can do it again," Hyams, who is hitting .318 on the year, said. "We did pretty well in our first trip West this year, and I think we have a lot more in the tank."

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