Can Georgia slip into the NCAA Super Regional the same way that they slipped into the NCAA Regionals?
"I didn't get my hopes up because I didn't want to be disappointed, but it's been kind of nerve-wracking waiting to find out if we were in or not," said Swann. "After we lost to Mississippi State at the SEC Tournament, I saw Coach (Ron) Polk after I came out of the press conference, and he said 'you got a chance.' I thought about that today when I got up but I think most of us came in today thinking we didn't have a chance. When I saw our name pop up on the board, it was exciting."
Georgia does have a chance to their way into the next round of the NCAAs. But that depends on their play. The Dawgs have been able to compete and beat top teams all season. However, Georgia has slipped up on occasion against teams that they should beat.
Now, Georgia must get past Louisville (39-16) Friday just to play a top-tier team in their second game.
It should be noted that Georgia has had to replace its entire infield, its entire pitching rotation, and both catchers. Still Georgia managed to get a bid after having to patch up what seemed to be its entire team.
"We want to build a tradition of going to NCAAs, and we're excited to start that now with two straight trips which is a first in school history," said Perno. "We have a very young team, and I know they will remember this day for a long time. We have battled hard all year and now we've got a second life."
Meanwhile these young Dawgs are in a slump. Georgia was swept by South Carolina before losing two consecutive games in the SEC tournament to be eliminated.
Georgia must turn things around quickly. Archrival Georgia Tech is in the same Regional as the Dawgs and the Jackets are one of the better teams in the country. If both teams win of Friday, they will meet on Saturday.
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