Georgia earns No. 7 national seed, will host Army on Friday
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Georgia earns No. 7 national seed, will host Army on Friday

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The Georgia Bulldogs earned the No. 7 national seed in the 2024 NCAA Baseball Championships and will host a Regional May 31 through June 3, it was announced on Monday.

Georgia will open the Athens Regional on Friday, May 31 against the Army Black Knights (31-21) at Foley Field in Athens, Ga. The game will begin at 1:00pm ET and it will be streamed live via ESPN+.

UNC-Wilmington, who earned the No. 2 seed in the Athens Regional, will take on the No. 3 seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday at 7:00pm ET, also on ESPN+.

“You look at our total body of work, and I am not on the committee and not here to say that somebody shouldn’t have got it or should have got it somewhere else, but I felt pretty good about our resume,” said Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball Wes Johnson on the Bulldogs earning the No. 7 national seed. “There are a lot of things you look at. We did some good stuff this year, this regular season. We beat a Clemson team here that was really good. I go all the way back to Northern Kentucky and how good they were. They won their conference tournament. They are going to give some people some fits. Georgia Tech is in our region. We took two from them. You keep going through the league, sweep Alabama, sweeping Vanderbilt, sweeping South Carolina at South Carolina, all three of those teams are in the tournament. It is kind of crazy when you hear that Tennessee and (Texas) A&M, they were talking that they are 30-something and three at home. We are one of those three losses. Those are tough places to play.”

The winner of the Athens Regional will advance to take on the winner of the NC State Regional in a Super Regional on June 7-9 or June 8-10.

“Starting with Army, they can really pitch,” Johnson added. “It’s going to be a different look, not a ton of velo, but don’t get me wrong, they just don’t have a guy who is going to throw 100 is what I’m trying to say. They can really pitch; they mix their pitches well. They’ve got a couple guys, especially right there in the middle of the order, hitting over .300 with 14 or 15 homers, and they’ve got guys who can steal some bases. They’re going to do a lot of things. I don’t want to get too caught up in matchups after that, but UNC Wilmington we know is extremely offensive, always have been. They’ve got two really good starters on the mound and obviously have a couple bullpen pieces, so they’re really good. Obviously, we know Georgia Tech because we played them. I think Georgia Tech got better as the year went on and quite frankly, I’ll have to completely rewatch them on film.”

The Georgia Bulldogs finished the 2024 regular-season 39-14 overall and 17-13 in SEC action. This is the first season for UGA under head coach Wes Johnson.

2024 Athens Regional Schedule

All times Eastern.

Friday, May 31
Game 1: (1) Georgia vs. (4) Army – 1pm, ESPN+
Game 2: (2) UNC-Wilmington vs. (3) Ga. Tech – 7pm, ESPN+

Saturday, June 1 (TV-TBA)
Game 3: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, Noon
Game 4: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 6pm

Sunday, June 2 (TV-TBA)
Game 5: Loser Game 4 vs. Winner Game 3, Noon
Game 6: Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 6pm

Monday, June 3 (TV-TBA)
Game 7: (If necessary) Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 6, TBA

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