A Fresh New Face

Chelsea Cantillo may be a freshman, but she doesn't play like one. Georgia's 2nd baseman is batting .358 this season and on Friday she went 2-3 with 2 doubles and 2 rbi. That was Chelsea's 16th multi-hit game and 7th multi-rbi game. The 2 rbi enough as the the Bulldogs defeated Georgia Southern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by the score of 4-0. Georgia will face Florida State on Saturday at Noon. After the game, the freshman from Santa Ana, California talked to me.

Dave McMahon -- This was your first NCAA Tournament game, you did not seem nervous at all?

Chelsea Cantillo -- No, this was really exciting for me. This is the postseason... all week the seniors kept talking about how important these games are.

DM -- Growing up in California, you must have seen a lot of great softball... have you ever seen an NCAA Tournament game?

CC -- Yes... last year I went to see Georgia face UCLA in the super regionals.

DM -- You have been batting third in this great lineup... how great is it that you know you have so much talent before and after you?

CC -- It is really great. I just try to advance the base runners or drive them home... that's my job.

DM -- Georgia scored all 4 runs in the first two innings... how important is it to score early?

CC -- It is important for us to set a tempo. It helps our pitchers to relax more and Kasi (Carroll) did I great job tonight.

DM -- FSU also scored early... did you get a chance to watch them before your game?

CC -- Yes... they are a good hitting team.

DM -- Your game is just 12-14 hours away... besides double-headers is this the quickest turnaround for you?

CC -- We had something similar to this last week in the SEC's... we just got to go out there and play the way we can.

DM -- Thank you for your time and good luck in the rest of the NCAA's.

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