Georgia’s performance on the diamond this season won’t just earn it home field advantage for the regionals. It has also earned the Bulldogs a No. 8 overall national seed going into this weekend’s double-eliminations regional at Foley Field.
That means that should Georgia win its regional, it will host the best-of-three Super Regional against the winner of the Lubbock regional, where Texas Tech is the host.
In recent weeks, Georgia was tabbed as having a strong chance to host and have a national seed. In the end, a top-ten RPI helped Georgia’s case immensely. Overall, four of the eight national seeds came from the SEC - Florida, Arkansas and Ole Miss along with Georgia. Also helping the Bulldogs case? A two-game sweep of Clemson, seeded tenth overall.
Georgia faces Campbell, the regional’s fourth seed. The Camels are in the field via winning the Big South tournament title. They are 1-4 against ACC foes as well as losing a pair against another regional host, East Carolina. In short, the Bulldogs will be going up against a team that’s no stranger to big-name opponents and venues.
Duke and Troy open the regional on Friday at 2 p.m. Georgia and Campbell will play at 7:30 p.m. Overall, the regional pits two teams ranked within the top 20 overall in Georgia and Duke.
Second-seeded Duke (40-15) comes into the postseason at 40-15. The biggest wins to its credit are a two-game sweep of Florida State and taking two of three from North Carolina - both National Seeds.
The Blue Devils open the regional against Troy. The Trojans won nine out of ten games before losing in the Sunbelt Tournament to regional host Coastal Carolina. Among Troy’s wins are a pair of victories against Samford, champions of the Southern Conference.