Georgia College makes NCAA softball tournament

Macon TelegraphMay 6, 2013 

                Georgia College sweated it out a bit, but the Bobcats will play on in the NCAA Division II softball tournament.

                The Bobcats are the fourth seed in the Southeast 2 Regional, hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, N.C. Joining them in the field are North Georgia and Anderson (S.C.).

                The Southeast 2 Regional is the one of the toughest regions, with all four teams winning at least 35 games. The only other region to claim that is the Central 1 in Kansas.

                South Central 1 in Denton, Texas has three with at least 42 wins and Central 1 has three 40-win teams.

                Indianapolis is 50-5, and West Virginia State (46-6), Fort Hays State (45-10), LIU-Post (46-13), Molloy (47-12), Texas Woman's (46-12) and Humbolt State (46-12) all cracked the 45-win mark.

                Georgia has five other teams in the tournament:

                Valdosta State (41-10) is the defending champ and hosts the South 1 Regional; Albany State (36-24) is the fourth seed at Valdosta State; Armstrong Atlantic State (36-7-1) hosts the Southeast 1 Regional, and is joined by second seed Columbus State (39-16); North Georgia (36-12) is the second seed at the Southeast 2 Regional.

                So all six Georgia teams have at least 36 wins.

                Georgia College plays Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday at 4:30 p.m., with the winner playing Saturday at 2 p.m. and the loser at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. North Georgia-Anderson go at 2 p.m. on Friday.

                Georgia College split with North Georgia, 5-4 and 0-4, was swept by Anderson 4-1 and 3-0, and didn't play L-R this season.

                Championship game is Sunday at noon with an if-necessary game to follow.


Mercer sits, moves up

                Exams kept Mercer on the baseball sidelines last week, but the Bears still moved up in the A-Sun standings, opening the week tied for first with North Florida.

                It's not much of a surprise, since UNF has some tough conference series down the stretch. The Ospreys lost the series with Stetson, and are tied with Mercer at 15-6. Those two along with Florida Gulf Coast have clinched tournament spots.

                East Tennessee State, Stetson and Kennesaw State are all but in, and the race is for the final two spots with USC Upstate (8-13), Lipscomb (8-13) and Jacksonville (7-14). Last-place Northern Kentucky is ineligible while transitioning to Division I.

                UNF has FGCU this weekend and then USC Upstate, while Mercer finishes with ETSU and NKU, a schedule that clearly favors the Bears.

                And FGCU is very much still in the hunt for the regular-season title, a game back at 14-7. But the Eagles have UNF and Stetson, and the Florida schools in general aren't having a normal year, so those will be some serious, grinding series all the way around.

                Mercer hosts Belmont on Tuesday and Wednesday in the final non-conference series of the season, and then will most likely be playing for a 40th regular-season win - first time in program history - during the weekend series against fourth-place ETSU at Claude Smith.


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