UGA baseball earns at-large berth

Georgia, despite a shaky finish to the season, made the field for the NCAA tournament as an at-large team and is in the Tallahassee Regional.

The Bulldogs (37-22) are the second seed and will play third-seeded Ohio State (40-17) at noon Friday. The winner will face the winner of the game between Florida State and Marist at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Bulldogs have not played any of the teams in their regional this year.

At one time ranked No. 1 in the country, Georgia lost 11 of 13 games to end the regular season and tumble out of the polls. The Bulldogs bounced back to win two games in the SEC tournament, but LSU defeated them twice Saturday by a combined score of 19-2. Georgia made it to the finals of last year's College World Series, losing to Fresno State.

"Any time you get to this point of the season you're just happy to be in the tournament," Georgia coach David Perno said. "No matter where you go or who you play it's going to be tough. We have played well down there before, and we are excited about where we are going."

Each regional is a double-elimination format. The winners will advance to the super regionals, which is a best-of-three format, starting either the following Friday or Saturday. Those winners will advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The CWS begins June 13.

If Georgia advances to the super regionals, the Bulldogs could face either Oklahoma (41-18) or Arkansas (34-22).