The College Football Playoff National Championship game is on Monday night. What if Alabama and Georgia played for a WCWS National Championship? BTP decided to create an all-time roster for both programs and line them up head-to-head.
Alabama leads the all-time series 41-18 and also has a 4-2 record against Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Here are how the players and coaches matchup against each other.Alabama leads the all-time series 41-18 and also has a 4-2 record against Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
Head Coach Patrick Murphy enters his 20th season with Alabama in 2018. Murphy started with the program in its beginning years and watched it grow into the perennial powerhouse it is today. Under Murphy’s leadership, Alabama has won a National Championship (2012), 11 WCWS berths, five SEC regular season titles, five SEC Tournament titles and 19-straight NCAA Tournament bids. Since the introduction of the Super Regionals, the Crimson Tide is also the only program to appear in all 13 series, winning nine.
Lu Harris-Champer is entering her 18th season at the helm of the Georgia Bulldogs. She has led UGA to 16-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, two SEC Conference Championships, one SEC Tournament Championship, nine Super Regionals and three trips to Oklahoma City. The 2016 postseason was one Harris-Champer’s most memorable ones. She went to pinch-hitter Kaylee Puailoa in the bottom of the seventh against former back-to-back National Champion Florida in Gainesville. Puailoa launch the Bulldogs to Oklahoma City with two-out walk-off homer over the center field wall.
Before her time at Georgia, Harris-Champer coached two years at Southern Miss and two years at Nicholls State. She reached the NCAA Regionals both years at Nicholls and took Southern Miss to the WCWS in 1999 and 2000.
JACLYN TRAINA, Pitcher
Alabama’s fifth four-time All-American, Jackie Traina earned three First Team honors as a two-way athlete. She earned her 100th career win in 2014, becoming the third player in Crimson Tide history to do so. Her legacy will forever be her role in leading Alabama to its first National Championship in 2012. She was named Most Outstanding player of the WCWS.
CHELSEA WILKINSON, Pitcher
A four-time All-SEC honoree, Chelsea Wilkinson finished her career in Athens, second all-time in wins (97) and career strikeouts (897). She led the SEC with 28 wins in 2016 and topped the single-season win list for three seasons. In the 2016 Super Regionals, Wilkinson held the Florida Gators to a .167 average and allowed two runs.
ASHLEY HOLCOMBE BELL, Catcher
A multiple All-SEC Defensive Team selection, Ashley Holcombe Bell was a wall behind the plate. In her career at Alabama, Holcombe threw out more than 20 attempted steals and picked off 26 base runners. She was named captain of the Crimson Tide her junior year and posted a .988 overall fielding percentage, 1.000 in SEC play. She was a member of the USA Softball Women’s National Team that won gold at the WBSC World Championship (2010), Japan Cup (2010), KFC World Cup of Softball (2009 and 2010), Pan American Qualifier (2009) and Canada Cup (2009).
KRISTYN SANDBERG, Catcher
A multiple All-SEC selection, Kristyn Sandberg made her mark on Georgia softball from the moment she debuted. She started 57 games her freshman season (2009) when she made the All-SEC Freshman Team. By her senior season (2012), Sandberg was named an NFCA All-America Second Team, NFCA All-Region First Team, All-SEC First Team and SEC Community Service Team. She was drafted fifth overall in the NPF Draft and was named the NPF Rookie of the year in 2012.
GINGER JONES SILLERY, First Base
Homegrown talent, Ginger Jones, was one of two initial NFCA First-Team All-American honorees for Alabama. The former first baseman ranks seventh all-time with 39 career home runs while her 17 homers in 2000 are sixth most in a single season.
She also drove in 69 runs that season which is good for fifth all-time.
JESSI CERRA, First Base
A member of the inaugural Georgia Bulldogs softball team, Jessi Cerra was named to the first ever All-SEC team as well. She finished the season with a .289 batting average and led UGA with 47 hits. Cerra was the SEC leader in walks (22) and fielding percentage for first baseman (.995).
* Indicates rough estimate due to lack of stats available
KAILA HUNT, Second Base
As one of the most prolific power hitters in Alabama softball history, Kaila Hunt helped the Crimson Tide to a National Championship with 21 home runs and 77 RBIs in 2012. She became the second player in Alabama history to surpass 200 career RBIs and finished with 58 career home runs. She was also a three-time Academic All-SEC honoree and finished runner-up for the Senior CLASS Award in 2014.
ALEX HUGO, Second Base
After a successful freshman season at Kansas, Alex Hugo decided she needed to be in the SEC and decided on Georgia for her sophomore campaign. With a unique batting style and black war paint, Hugo made an immediate impact for UGA. She was a two-time NFCA All-American and three-time All-SEC selection. She was drafted 10th overall in the 2016 NPF Draft by the Akron Racers.
* stats are for UGA years only (2013-16)
KELLEY MONTALVO, Third Base
Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t tall enough to play third base in the SEC. At 4-foot-11, Montalvo is one of the best defensive players to have ever played the game. She was a two-time SEC All-Defensive Team in 2008 and 2009. She also ranks top 10 in the Alabama record books in doubles, walks, on-base percentage, runs and slugging percentage.
ALISA GOLER, Third Base
Named an NFCA All-American three times in her career, Alisa Goler finished her career first in SEC history and seventh in NCAA in career walks (184). When she left UGA, she held career records in home runs (58), RBIs (236), walks (183), sacrifice flies (12), slugging percentage (.686), walk-to-strikeout ratio (3.54), toughest to strikeout (.076 strikeouts per at-bat), games with multiple home runs (9) and grand slams (4).
WHITNEY LARSEN, Shortstop
As a player who steadily improved each season, Whitney Larsen was named an NFCA All-American after her senior campaign. She is regarded as one of the best captains in Alabama program history and led the team to a 2011 WCWS semifinals appearance. As a utility player, Larsen played outfield and second base before securing her permanent home at shortstop for two seasons.
KRISTIN SCHANKE, Shortstop
Kristin Schanke transferred to Georgia from Illionis after her freshman season in 2006. Searching for more playing time and standing at five feet, the sophomore found herself as the starting shortstop for UGA. In 2009, she was one of two seniors who helped the Bulldogs reach the WCWS. It was during that postseason run that fans really go to know the high-energy and spunky shortstop.
* stats are for UGA years only (2007-09)
KELLY KRETSCHMAN, Outfield
Kelly Kretschman is arguably the best player in softball period. She was the first four-time NFCA All-American in Crimson Tide history. She holds several program records including hits, doubles and runs. She led Alabama to its first Women’s College World Series in 2000 and she held the single-season hitting percentage record for more than a decade.
BRITTANY ROGERS, Outfield
Another four-time All-American, Brittany Rogers became the second player in school history to bat over .400 in at least three different seasons. She also became the fourth player in SEC history, second at Alabama to collect more than 300 hits, 200 runs scored and 100 stolen bases.
HAYLIE McCLENEY, Outfield
Adding to the list of four-time All-Americans, Haylie McCleney made her mark in Tuscaloosa as she as she arrived. Earning NFCA Second Team All-America honors her freshman, there was nowhere to go but up. She finished her career with three consecutive First-Team All-American nods and finished her career as the Crimson Tide’s all-time leader in career batting average, on-base percentage walks and triples. She was also named the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for softball twice and the 2016 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Female Scholar Athlete of the Year and Senior CLASS award winner.
TAYLOR SCHLOPY, Outfield
Never missing a start in her four-year career in Athens, Taylor Schlopy was a star in the outfield and also made appearances in the circle. Schlopy was a multiple All-SEC selection and two-time NFCA All-American. She attended the USA Softball National Team selection camp as a sophomore and was chosen to the USA Softball Japan Cup Team that won Gold. Posted the second-highest slugging percentage (.819) and on-base percentage in program history (.550). Schlopy also recorded a batting average of .400 or more in two seasons.
MEAGAN WIGGINS, Outfield
Megan Wiggins became the first SEC player to reach 200 career runs and RBIs. The left fielder was a three-time First-Team All-SEC selection and was an NFCA All-American her season year. She suffered a broken hand in 2009 after she hit her first career grand slam against Furman and returned to action in the Chapel Hill Regional where she recorded the game-tying RBI and walked the Bulldogs off into the Super Regionals with a two-run home run.
NICOLE BARBER, Outfield
One of the most-decorated athletes to play softball at UGA, Nicole Barber is the all-time career leader in batting average, at-bats, hits, triples, runs scored, stolen bases and tied for second in games played. During her career at Georgia, Barber was a three-time All-American and was the NCAA’s stolen base leader. She was also named to four consecutive All-SEC Teams.
CHARLOTTE MORGAN, Designated Player
One of the best two-way players to ever wear crimson, Charlotte Morgan is deserving of being on the all-time roster. Morgan earned SEC Player of the Year honors twice, becoming the first player in program history to do so. She also broke the SEC career RBIs record and finished near the top in every other offensive category. Her sophomore season’s 79 RBIs remained a single-season program record for seven years.
KIM WENDLAND, Designated Player
Named the 2005 SEC Player of the Year, Kim Wendland primarily played first base for the Bulldogs. She was three-time NFCA All-American, four-time All-SEC selection and three-time RBI Champion. At the end of her senior campaign in 2005, Wendland was Georgia’s all-time leader in home runs, doubles and RBI.
After breaking down each position, it was a true fight down to the last out as Alabama squeaks out a 5-4 win over Georgia.
There are plenty of other players who were deserving of making the all-time rosters for each team. For example, Kayla Braud from Alabama was edged out because Brittany Rogers had one more year of All-American honors.
Hopefully, this puts a little extra fun into the College Football Playoff. Enjoy the game. Go Dawgs or Roll Tide, whichever you prefer.