UGA earns bid to NCAA tournament

Bulldogs will take on Virginia Commonwealth in first round
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ATHENS– The University of Georgia announced Monday it received an at-large bid to the 2022 NCAA Baseball Championships, and will be a No. 2 seed in the Chapel Hill, N.C., Regional from June 3-6.

Georgia will be making its 13th NCAA Tournament appearance and first since 2019 when it earned one of the top eight national seeds and played host to a regional at Foley Field. The Bulldogs (35-21) will open against Virginia Commonwealth (40-18) – winners of 15 straight and back-to-back champions of the Atlantic 10 – on Friday.

In school history, Georgia has never faced VCU. The winner of the Chapel Hill regional will face the winner of the Stillwater, Okla. (Oklahoma State) regional.

“We’re very excited to still be playing and getting ready to go out and practice now for a real challenging regional,” said Georgia’s Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin. “Hopefully, our best baseball is ahead of us. We’re going to do a lot of research after practice on VCU. They have been good for a long time. We’ll be watching a lot of video; they’ll be watching a lot of video on us. We’ll get to know VCU as good as possible, and it should be a great matchup on Friday.”

The Bulldogs are 50-32 all-time in their 12 NCAA regional appearances. Georgia has won six regional titles, four super regional championships and made six trips to the College World Series. The Bulldogs claimed the 1990 national title and reached the CWS Finals in 2008.

In 2022, there are 16 four-team regionals that comprise the field of 64. If a team wins its regional, it advances to a Super Regional from June 10-13. In Super Regional action, eight sites play host to a best-of-three game series with the winners earning one of eight spots to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. from June 17-27.