Dawgs to host Regionals & Super Regionals

ATHENS - Eighth-ranked Georgia earned a national number seven seed and will play host to Florida State, Jacksonville and Sacred Heart in the NCAA Athens Regional starting Friday at Foley Field, the NCAA announced Monday.

The Bulldogs (41-19) are the top seed in the NCAA Athens Regional while the Seminoles (42-19) are the number two seed followed by Jacksonville (42-17) and Sacred Heart (26-28). Florida State will face Jacksonville Friday at 3 p.m. while the Bulldogs battle the Pioneers at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs, under the direction of head coach David Perno, are a solid 17-3 in their last 20 games. Most recently, Georgia went 3-2 to reach the semifinals of the 2006 SEC Tournament, its best finish there since 1989. The Bulldogs have never faced the Pioneers, they are 21-28 against FSU and 20-18 against JU.

"I think we got rewarded for a tough non-conference schedule and playing in the toughest conference in the country," said Perno. "We played well down the stretch, and we got rewarded for that. We have a solid group of teams coming to Athens for the regional, and fans will have an opportunity to see some good baseball."

For the third time in school history, Georgia will play host to an NCAA Regional at Foley Field. The Bulldogs won a thrilling regional here in 2001 and in 2004. Then, they won a Super Regional (2001 in Athens over Florida State; 2004 in Atlanta over Ga. Tech) en route to reaching the College World Series. Georgia is 7-2 at Foley Field in NCAA Regionals. Overall, Georgia will be making its seventh appearance in an NCAA Regional. The Bulldogs are 17-8 in regionals with four trips to the CWS. This marks the second time in school history that Georgia has earned a national seed. The 2001 Bulldogs were a national number six seed.

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