Georgia softball went down swinging Sunday afternoon in Tallahassee, but it was a classic case of too little, too late.
The No. 25-ranked Bulldogs (35-23) went from the postseason penthouse of the Women’s College World Series last season to the doghouse, now back in Athens after getting sent home from its NCAA regional at Florida State (54-6-1).
The ACC champion Seminoles eliminated the Bulldogs with an 8-5 victory on Sunday — one day after knocking Georgia into the losers’ bracket with a 7-1 triumph.
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The Bulldogs opened the regional with a 4-2 win against Jacksonville State and then beat the Gamecocks again, 8-2 on Saturday night, to fight their way into the regional championship game.
Georgia was making its 16th straight appearance in an NCAA regional, so the Bulldogs weren’t ready to fold when Florida State took a 5-0 lead on Sunday.
Indeed, Georgia actually had more hits than the Seminoles (10-9), but they just couldn’t recover from the early deficit.
Alyssa DiCarlo led the Bulldogs at the plate with 3 hits and 4 RBIs, and Cortni Emanuel had 2 hits and scored 2 runs.
It’s the first time since 2013 that the Bulldogs failed to advance beyond their opening NCAA Softball Tournament Regional.
Adding insult to injury, former Georgia high school stars Meghan Gregg and Kelly Barnhill moved on with their respective teams in the tournament.
Gregg, from Williamson, was the SEC Player of the Year and plays for Tennessee, while Marietta’s Barnhill was the SEC Pitcher of the Year and plays for Florida.