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Softball

    COLUMBIA, Mo. – With a 1-0 shutout of Missouri, eighth-ranked Georgia softball recorded its 1,000th program victory Friday to open Southeastern Conference play.    The pitching staff earned the 14th shutout of the season, allowing just two hits to the Tigers. Mary Wilson Avant (6-1) pitched four scoreless innings in her start in the circle for Georgia, allowing just two hits and no walks while earning four strikeouts. Lauren Mathis earned her second save, pitching the final three innings, not surrendering any hits.   “I thought the staff had a really good game plan coming in and they went out there and just did their thing,” said head coach Lu Harris-Champer. “Along with Mahlena O’Neal behind the plate, I’m really proud of our battery today. Rachele Fico calls a great game and was really on point with her pitch calling today.”    At the plate, Georgia scattered four hits, two of which came from freshman Lacey Fincher. Justice Milz and Mahlena O’Neal had Georgia’s other two hits.   “I’m really proud of our fight,” Harris-Champer added. “Our team fought their hearts out today. It didn’t go exactly as we planned but we kept scrapping and fighting and found a way to get the job done.”   Georgia becomes the fifth Division I program competing since 1996 to record 1,000 program victories. 885 of Georgia’s wins have come under Harris-Champer.   “It means a lot for all the players who have been through the program through the years. In 23 years of our program, this is pretty cool and very special and it means a lot to be a part of this.”   The game went scoreless through four complete innings despite both teams leaving a combined 10 runners on base. Georgia broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth. Alyssa DiCarlo plugged the right-center gap with a two-out double. A fielding error by the first baseman allowed Fincher to reach and DiCarlo to score on the play, putting Georgia ahead 1-0 in the top of the fifth. The run would stand as the lone run of the game.   DiCarlo’s double in the fifth was the 50th of her career. She now ranks fifth all-time at Georgia.   Mathis entered with Georgia’s new 1-0 lead and shut out the Tigers en route to the Bulldog victory.   Georgia and Missouri face off in game two of the series Saturday at 3 p.m., ET.
  • The No. 7 UGA softball team will begin its 2018 Women’s College World Series tonight in Oklahoma City as it takes on the No. 2 Florida Gators. This will be the fourth WCWS in program history, with the Bulldogs seeking their first ever National Championship.  Game/Series notes: #7 Georgia (48-11) #2 Florida (55-9) Date: May 31, 2018 Game Times: 7 p.m., EDT Location: Oklahoma City Stadium: ASA Hall of Fame Stadium   Media Information TV: ESPN 2 Streaming Video: Watch ESPN Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com Twitter Updates: @UGAsoftball     #7 Georgia softball is set to make its fourth Women’s College World Series appearance in Oklahoma City. The Bulldogs open WCWS play Thursday, May 31 against Southeastern Conference foe and second-ranked Florida.   The Bulldogs find themselves in bracket play with #2 Florida, #3 UCLA, and #6 Florida State. The winners of each double-elimination bracket will square off in a best-of-three finals.   Follow the Bulldogs » The 2018 Women’s College World Series will air in its entirety on the networks of ESPN. Georgia’s opening game will air on ESPN 2. Thursday’s game will feature Beth Mowins providing play-by-play with analysts Jessica Mendoza and Michele Smith along with reporter Holly Rowe. » Every game will stream online on ESPN3 and via the ESPN app. » Live stats will be available. Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule at GeorgiaDogs.com. » Live Twitter updates will be available all season long at @UGAsoftball.   Bulldog Bulletin NCAA Tournament Tidbits » 2018 is Georgia’s 17th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. » Georgia is 67-35 all-time in NCAA Tournament action, advancing to 10 Super Regionals and four Women’s College World Series. » The 2009 and 2010 seasons saw the Bulldogs advance to the Final Four. » In Regional action, Georgia is 48-17 » In Super Regional play, Georgia is 10-12 all-time; however, the Bulldogs are 8-4 in Athens. » Georgia has a 7-6 WCWS record in its history. » Athens hosted to its fifth NCAA Super Regional. Athens has hosted 10 Regionals in the past including 2018. » In Athens, Georgia is 40-11in NCAA Tournament play; in just home Regional action, UGA is 33-7. » Four current Bulldogs were part of the team that last advanced to the WCWS (2016): Cortni Emanuel, Brittany Gray, Alyssa DiCarlo, and Kylie Bass » The Bulldogs faced 14 total teams in this season’s NCAA Tournament field and posted a 23-10 record against said teams. » Of the WCWS field, Georgia faced Oregon and Florida. Georgia fell to Oregon in the second game of the season on Feb. 8. The Bulldogs did not lose again until falling to Florida in the series finale on Mar. 18 in Athens.   Series Histories Oregon - Georgia trails 1-4 » All five meetings have been on neutral fields, most recently in Tempe, Arizona on Feb. 8, 2018. Oregon bested the Bulldogs 8-3. Florida - Georgia trails 26-39 » For the first time since 2011, Georgia won a series against Florida. Game two featured a run-rule of the Gators, the first since Apr. 2, 2006 (12-4, 6 innings) » In the postseason, the Bulldogs have won four of the last five meetings including sweeping the Gators in the 2016 Super Regional » Georgia and Florida met in the World Series in 2010; Georgia won 3-2 UCLA - Georgia trails 2-14 » Georgia’s postseason history with UCLA includes the 2005 and 2008 Super Regionals (UCLA won both) and a meeting in the 2010 World Series (UCLA won 5-2) Oklahoma - Georgia leads 3-2 » Georgia and Oklahoma have never met in the postseason, only in early season tournaments, the last in 2015 at the Mary Nutter Challenge in California Washington - Georgia trails 4-9 » Georgia has played Washington in two Regionals (2004, 2007) and two World Series (2009, 2010). Each have two wins in WCWS meetings » Last meeting was in 2013 at the Cathedral City Classic Florida State - Series tied 8-8 » Last five meetings have been in the postseason including last year’s Tallahassee Regional and a meeting in the 2016 World Series; Georgia won 5-4 Arizona State - Georgia Trails 0-4 » Last met in the 2013 Athens Regional; Georgia lost both meetings » Prior to 2013, the Bulldogs and Sun Devils last met in 2001 in the Fiesta Bowl Classic in Arizona   Tournament Recap to this Point Georgia has swept its way to its fourth WCWS appearance. The Bulldogs defeated Harvard and Northwestern (twice) to win the Athens Regional. Georgia edged #10 Tennessee twice to clinch the Super Regional crown. The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 33-13, hitting .339 as a team and slugging nine home runs. Alyssa DiCarlo is hitting .750 with eight RBI, four home runs, and a 1.917 slugging percentage and .824 on base clip. In the circle, the staff has recorded a 1.60 ERA. Mary Wilson Avant (1.60 ERA) has worked 21.1 innings, almost 61 percent of total innings, earning three wins. Kylie Bass has worked 10.1 innings with a 2-0 record and a 2.03 ERA in the postseason.   Georgia reached the WCWS in 2009 and 2010 with perfect 5-0 records as well.   Georgia in the Top 25 The Bulldogs drew the #7 national seed of the NCAA Tournament, it was announced on Selection Sunday.   The Bulldogs fell to #9 in the week 14 USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll while also falling to #12 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll.   Georgia Sweeps Athens Regional The seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs swept the NCAA Athens Regional last weekend, defeating Harvard and Northwestern. Georgia outscored opponents 27-9, slugging six home runs and hitting .390 as a team in three games. The last time Georgia swept a Regional was 2012, also in Athens.   Bulldogs Edge Tennessee in Super Regional Georgia earned a pair of one-run victories over #10 Tennessee in the Athens Super Regional. Friday’s game saw Georgia hold a 4-0 lead going to the sixth inning. Tennessee plated two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to narrow the lead but the Bulldogs were able to strand the go-ahead runs on base to take a 1-0 lead in the series with the 4-3 win. Saturday’s game featured a pitcher’s duel with the game remaining scoreless through six innings. Mary Wilson Avant recorded a no-hitter into the sixth. An RBI triple by Alyssa DiCarlo plated the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Tennessee answered with a two-out RBI single to tie the game and force extra innings. In her final at bat at Jack Turner Stadium, Cortni Emanuel blasted her third career home run to put Georgia back in front in the eighth inning, 2-1. In the bottom of the inning, Ciara Bryan made a catch at the wall in left center for out number two, potentially saving a run. A come-backer to Avant was the final out, sending Georgia to the Women’s College World Series.   Seven Bulldogs Earn NFCA All-Region Honors Seven Bulldogs were named NFCA All-Southeast Region: Brittany Gray, Alyssa DiCarlo, and Cortni Emanuel were all named First Team All-Region. Alysen Febrey was Georgia’s lone Second Team selection while Justice Milz, Kendall Burton, and Ciara Bryan all earned Third Team accolades.   This is the second time Georgia has landed seven All-Region honors, tying the program record set in 2014 and 2015. Three First-Team honors is the most since Georgia had four in 2006. The most first teamers came the season prior in 2005 with five selections. For senior Emanuel, this is her fourth All-Region honor in her career, third as a First Team selection. DiCarlo picks up her second All-Region nod.   DiCarLONG Ball Junior Alyssa DiCarlo has knocked a team-leading 20 home runs this season, cracking Georgia’s single-season top-10 list to rank fifth. In her career, she ranks seventh all-time with 44 home runs. Her 20 is a career-high in a season for the Arizona native.   In the second game of the Athens Regional, DiCarlo tied an NCAA Tournament record with three home runs. The last Georgia player to hit three home runs in a game was Geri Ann Glasco (at South Carolina, Apr. 2013). She is the first player since Amber Flores (2010, Oklahoma) to hit three home runs in the NCAA Tournament. DiCarlo is only the fourth player to accomplish the feat. She became only the second Georgia player to do it, Glasco being the first.   She has also cracked the career list with 193 RBI. With 66 this season, she has cracked the single-season top-10 list for the second time. She is tied for fourth with 66 RBI this season. Her 64 RBI in 2017 ranks tied for eighth.   Harris-Champer Named SEC Coach of the Year Lu Harris-Champer, who wins her third SEC Coach of the Year honor (2003, 2005) guided the Bulldogs to a 43-10 regular-season record, finishing second in the SEC with a 16-8 clip. Georgia’s second-place exceeded expectations as the Bulldogs were picked to finish ninth in the Preseason Poll, finishing in last place a season ago. Georgia won seven of eight conference series including wins over then #2 Florida, #7 Tennessee, and #17 Alabama. The Bulldogs opened the season 26-1, the best start in school history, including a 25-game winning streak to tie the program record. 2018 is the 16th40-win season under Harris-Champer. Georgia’s 16 SEC wins are the most since 2012 (17). The Bulldogs are expected to make their 17th-consecutive NCAA Regional appearance this month.   Four Bulldogs Earn All-SEC Honors Pitcher Brittany Gray, infielder Alyssa DiCarlo, and outfielder Cortni Emanuel earned First Team All-SEC accolades while infielder Justice Milz earned Second Team honors. The honors for Gray and Milz are firsts in their careers while Emanuel earns her fourth (All-Freshman Team in 2015, Second Team in 2016, then First Team in 2017). It’s the third-straight for DiCarlo (First Team, All-Freshman in 2016; Second Team in 2017).   Emanuel, DiCarlo Names Top 25 Finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year Cortni Emanuel and Alyssa DiCarlo were named two of 25 finalists for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. 2018 is the second time Georgia has landed two on the finalist list, the other being 2015 (Alex Hugo, Paige Wilson). Georgia has had six top-25 finalists for the award in the program’s history. Alisa Goler (2009) is Georgia’s lone top-10 finalist. The 2018 season is Emanuel’s second-straight season on the list.   Gray, Emanuel Selected in NPF Draft Seniors Brittany Gray and Cortni Emanuel were drafted in the 2018 National Pro Fastpitch Draft Monday evening. Gray was selected by the Beijing Shougang Eagles as the 14th pick while Emanuel was selected as the 23rd pick by the USSSA Pride.   Gray and Emanuel become the 12th and 13th Georgia Bulldogs to be drafted in the NPF. Gray is the highest pick out of Georgia since Chelsea Wilkenson was taken as the 14th pick in 2016. 2016 was also the last time Georgia had two student-athletes drafted in the same year.   Shout-outs for Shutouts The Georgia pitching staff has recorded 22 shutouts in 2018. UGA’s record for shutouts in a season is 33 set in 2003.   The Bulldogs recorded six-consecutive shutouts from Feb. 17-24, tying a program record set twice, first in 2003 then again in 2016.   Down But Not Out Georgia has come back to win five games when trailing after six innings this season. Three wins have been on the road while comebacks at home have been against Florida and Alabama.   In the road series at Mississippi State, Georgia found itself down a run in the top seventh with two out in every game. The Bulldogs either tied or took a lead in each game with one out left, winning games Friday and Sunday.   Emanuel Joins Greatness In the Apr. 8 game against Missouri, Cortni Emanuel recorded her 300th career hit. She becomes only the third Georgia player with 300 career hits, joining Nicole Barber and Kim Wendland. She moved into second all-time during the Alabama series. She is also only one of four with over 200 runs scored at Georgia.   Winning Series is Key Georgia won seven of eight Southeastern Conference series played. Georgia won all but one league series in 2006, a season after winning all 10 series in 2005. Game three of the series has been a rubber game in four of seven SEC series. Georgia won the opening game of the series six times.   A Power-Packed Offense At the plate, Georgia leads the SEC in four offensive categories including batting average (.335), slugging (.528), hits (524), and total bases (825).   In the country, Georgia’s team batting average ranks third while slugging ranks fifth and coming in ninth in on base pct. and 12th in scoring (6.08 runs/game).    
  • ATLANTA – A solo home run off the bat of Alyssa DiCarlo in the fifth inning proved the difference maker in #5 Georgia’s 1-0 victory over Georgia Tech Wednesday.   “It was a phenomenal day by Alyssa,” head coach Lu Harris-Champer said. “She played ‘wow’ defense including a nice play up the middle to end the game. The way she’s seeing the ball, she’s hitting it really well. Additionally, I thought Cortni really had a great day as well.”   The Bulldogs improve to 33-4 on the season with the victory.   Brittany Gray improved to 16-1 with the complete-game shutout. She allowed just three hits and fanned five batters. The shutout was her seventh of the season.   The offense outhit the Yellow Jackets (19-16), 6-3 Wednesday evening. Cortni Emanuel recorded the lone multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.   The four-inning scoreless tie was broken in the top of the fifth when DiCarlo blasted her 14th home run to left field. The solo shot, her 38th career home run, cracked Georgia’s career top-10 list.   DiCarlo spun a 6-3 double play up the middle to end the contest.   Georgia returns to Jack Turner Stadium for an eight-game homestand beginning with a three-game Southeastern Conference series against Missouri this weekend. First pitch Friday is at 6 p.m.  
  • KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Sixth-ranked Georgia softball evened its series at #7 Tennessee (31-5, 4-4) Sunday evening with a six-inning, 9-1 victory over the Lady Vols.   The Georgia (31-4, 8-3) offense rattled off its nine runs on nine hits, slugging two home runs and a double. Cortni Emanuel, Justice Milz, and Alysen Febrey each had a pair of hits. Milz drove in four runs while Mahlena O’Neal recorded a trio of RBI.   Kylie Bass (11-1) worked the complete game in the circle for the Bulldogs. She allowed five hits to the Lady Vols.   Tennessee’s Caylan Arnold pitched four and two-thirds total innings. She surrendered eight runs on all nine hits. Gabby Sprang pitched one and a third innings for Tennessee.   Emanuel jumpstarted the game with a single up the middle. She stole second and advanced to third on a bad throw down by the catcher. She touched home on a single up the middle off the bat of Milz. Following a flyout, Febrey doubled down the left field line to plate Milz and put the Bulldogs ahead 2-0 in the opening stanza.   Tennessee cut the lead in half with an RBI single by Aubrey Leach in the bottom of the second, 2-1.   With two out in the top of the third, Febrey’s second hit of the game was a single down the left field line. O’Neal stepped in and launched a two-run home run to straight-away centerfield, widening the lead to 4-1.   Jordan Doggett and Emanuel reached on two-out base hits in the fourth inning. Both came in to score on Milz’s eighth home run of the season to left field, extending the lead to six, 7-1.   Georgia found itself with bases loaded and one out in the top of the sixth. Febrey hit a grounder to first. The first baseman’s throw to the plate was errant, allowing Doggett to score. O’Neal looked at a bases-loaded ball four to push in the ninth run.   The Bulldogs and Lady Vols will square off in the rubber game Monday at 7 p.m. live on the SEC Network.   Head Coach Lu-Harris-Champer On Kylie Bass’ performance in the circle…  “I thought Kylie was outstanding. She used spin all night long. She changed speeds and direction to throw a killer change-up. She was just outstanding.”   On the hitters responding after being shutout… “It was a great game last night; it is what it is. But I thought we were calm at the plate and we saw the ball well.”
  • ATHENS, Ga. – Seventh-ranked Georgia softball won its midweek series with in-state foe Georgia Southern Wednesday evening, 10-3.   The Bulldogs (27-2) scored in every inning and outhit the Eagles (19-9) 13-to-6. Sophomore second baseman Justice Milz scattered three hits to lead the Georgia offense. Five other Bulldogs each had two hits in the contest while sophomore first baseman Alysen Febrey drove in three runs.   Sophomore right-handed pitcher Mary Wilson Avant pitched three scoreless innings in her second start of the season. She allowed just one hit and fanned five. Freshman right-hander Lauren Mathis pitched two innings in relief in the circle, allowing both Eagle runs. Sophomore righty Amanda Ablan (2-1) earned the win as she pitched the final two innings, allowing a run.   The Bulldogs took a 2-0 in the first inning on a double off the bat of Febrey into right center.   Sophomore center fielder Ciara Bryan led off the bottom of the second with a triple to right center. She immediately scored on a groundout by freshman catcher Jessica Morgan, adding to the lead, 3-0.   Georgia pushed three runs across in the plate in the bottom of the third inning. The stanza began with a hit-by-pitch and back-to-back base hits to load the bases. Morgan singled to center, driving in pinch runner Tyler Armistead. A wild pitch in the dirt scored senior right fielder Kendall Burton. A dropped fly ball off the bat of senior left fielder Cortni Emanuel plated Bryan, lengthening the lead to 6-0 after three.   Two runs came in to score on a base hit up the middle by Alesha Mann in the Eagles’ half of the fifth, narrowing the Bulldog lead to 7-2.   A sacrifice fly off the bat of Febrey widened the margin back to six for Georgia in the bottom of the inning, 8-2.   Georgia Southern’s Logan Harrell hit a solo home run to left in the top of the sixth, narrowing the lead to 8-3.   The Bulldogs continued their scoring streak into the sixth with two more runs. The first scored when Emanuel stole second and the throw to the bag went array, allowing Morgan to come home. The next batter, Milz, reached on a fielding error by the first baseman, extending the inning and plating Emanuel, 10-3.   Georgia takes to the road this weekend for a three-game Southeastern Conference series with #21 Mississippi State. The series begins Friday at 7 p.m., EDT.   Head Coach Lu Harris-Champer 'I think we did a good job just coming out and playing softball. Allison did great tonight and had 3 RBIs, Justice came out and batted incredibly well, and Mary Wilson started us out excellently on the mound. Going on the road this weekend won't be very different for us because we're just going to play softball. We are really looking to take the positives out of every day, these girls can be upset by the outcome but what really matters is the process.'   Sophomore 2B Justice Milz 'I just kept thinking about the weather conditions tonight and knew I just needed to keep hitting groundballs up the middle and that's what happened. The weather doesn't change our game much we just have to maintain a solid mindset through the cold and the wind. My confidence has really skyrocketed going into Mississippi State because I've gotten out of my slump and I'm really excited about it.'   Sophomore RHP Mary Wilson Avant 'I think going out there and being able to command my pitches gave me confidence for the rest of the game. Also, knowing that my defense will always have my back. I think our reps, our hitters, and our defense doing everything we need to do has really boosted our confidence going into our series against Mississippi State. We can always keep our energy high, that's really the main thing we can work on this week.
  • #10/12 Georgia (24-1, 3-0 SEC) #2/3 Florida (22-1, 3-0 SEC) Dates: Mar. 16-18, 2018 Times: 6/2/2 p.m. Location: Athens, Ga. Stadium: Jack Turner Stadium   Media Information Streaming Video: SEC Network+ Play-by-play: Kaleb Frady Analysis: Kristina Wyatt Radio: 90.5 FM WUOG/WUOG.org Play-by-Play: Myan Patel Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com Twitter Updates: @UGAsoftball   Complete Game Notes Attached   #10/12 Georgia welcomes #2/3 Florida for a three-game Southeastern Conference series at Jack Turner Stadium. The series begins under the lights Friday at 6 p.m. First pitch will be at 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.   This Week’s Promotions » Admission to every Georgia home game is FREE » Saturday, Mar. 17 - St. Patrick’s Day themed promotions and prizes - Postgame autographs » The Georgia Athletic Association will be sponsoring a shuttle service to and from The Jack and the Livestock Arena Saturday and Sunday.   Follow the Bulldogs » This weekend’s series will be streamed to the SEC Network+. Kaleb Frady will provide play-by-play while Kristina Wyatt will provide analysis. » Sunday’s game will air live on 90.5 FM WUOG and WUOG.org. Myan Patel will be on the call. » Live stats will be available. Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule at GeorgiaDogs.com. » Live Twitter updates will be available all season long at @UGAsoftball.   Georgia Softball Notebook Series History Georgia trails 24-38 » In Athens, Georgia trails the Gators 7-17; lost both ends of a doubleheader in Athens in 2015. » Georgia has lost seven-straight regular season meetings; last won a regular season game in Gainesville Apr. 26, 2013. » In the postseason, the Bulldogs have won four of the last five meetings including sweeping the Gators in the 2016 Super Regional. » Georgia was swept in Gainesville a season ago.   A Look Back Georgia extended its winning streak to 23 games on with a doubleheader sweep of Bucknell Wednesday afternoon. The first game featured the Bulldog pitching staff’s 16th shutout of the season while the offense run-ruled the Bison in six innings, 8-0. The second game of the tilt saw the Bulldogs victorious 4-2. Cortni Emanuel paced the offense with four hits in the doubleheader, driving in three runs including slapping a two-run home run in game two.   Keep Ringing the Bell Georgia softball widened its winning streak to 23 with a sweep of Bucknell Wednesday. The streak is the second-longest in program history. The record, set from May 6, 2001 to Mar. 3, 2002, is 25 games. Georgia won the season finale in 2001 then opened 2002 winning 24-straight games.   Georgia in the Top 25 The Bulldogs continued climbing to #10 in the week five USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll while dropping one spot to #12 in the ESPN.com/USA softball poll. The Bulldogs entered the season with a preseason #25 ranking and sat at #17 in the week one polls.   Despite finishing last in the SEC a season ago with a 6-18 record, the Bulldogs dropped out of the NFCA Poll only one week. It was the first time Georgia had been outside the top 25 since 2013.   A Look Ahead The Bulldogs will host in-state foe Georgia Southern on Wednesday. The Bulldogs and Eagles will throw first pitch at Jack Turner Stadium at 6 p.m. Georgia will take to the road next weekend for a three-game SEC series with #20/21 Mississippi State.   It Begins at the Top The top of Georgia’s lineup features four hitters all hitting north of .400 through 25 games. The first inning is the second-highest run producing inning for Georgia, scoring 38 runs in the opening stanza. The Bulldogs have scored in the first 14 times, winning all 14 of said games.   Head of the Pack At the plate, Georgia leads the SEC in six offensive categories including batting average (.381), slugging (.636), runs scored (194), RBI (178), home runs (37), and total bases (418).   In the country, Georgia’s team batting average ranks second to UCLA. The Bulldogs lead the NCAA in slugging while coming in third in on base pct. and in scoring (7.76 runs/game).   The RUNdown The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 194-23 in 25 games this season. Nationally, Georgia ranks third in scoring with 7.76 runs per game. Georgia’s .381 batting average is second-best in the NCAA.   Three individual Georgia student-athletes have scored the same amount or more runs than the Bulldogs’ opponents combined (23).   The Iron Woman Senior pitcher Brittany Gray has worked a team-leading 64 innings in the circle, 43% of Georgia’s innings. Through 64 innings, she has not allowed an earned run all season. She is a perfect 11-0, shutting out six opponents in seven complete games. She has also struck out 102 batters. Her 2.3 hits allowed per seven innings ranks second nationally while her 11.2 strikeouts per seven innings comes in at sixth.   Her 463 strikeouts moves her into sixth all-time at Georgia.   Solid in the Circle The Georgia pitching staff has been sharp to start the season, recording a 0.70 ERA through 25 games and 161 innings. Georgia’s ERA ranks second in the SEC and in the nation, second only to Florida. The staff has struck out 210 opposing hitters, allowing only 16 earned runs and putting 16 shutouts in the books. Kylie Bass and Brittany Gray have been staples in the circle, pitching a combined 102 innings. Together, they have struck out 155 batters.   Zoom, Zoom Senior Cortni Emanuel tied a Georgia record with five stolen bases against Charleston on Saturday, Feb. 24. Her mark tied Kellie Middleton’s record vs. McNeese State on Feb. 11, 2007. Emanuel swiped 12 total bags in four games of the Georgia Classic. Now in her fourth season, she has 149 stolen bases, a figure that ranks second all-time at Georgia. Her 1.13 stolen bases per game this season ranks second in the country.   Over the Edge Georgia has hit 37 home runs in 25 games in 2018. In 2017, Georgia had 28 in 58 games. Georgia’s 1.48 home runs per game average ranks third all of NCAA DI softball teams.  
  • ATHENS, Ga. – The 10th-ranked Georgia softball team swept its doubleheader with Bucknell (7-12) Wednesday afternoon at Jack Turner Stadium.   Georgia was victorious in the opening game, shutting the Bison out in six innings, 8-0. The nighcap featured Georgia clinching a 4-2 win and the sweep of the twin bill. The sweep extends Georgia's win streak to 23 games and brings the Bulldogs to 24-1 on the season.   Left fielder Cortni Emanuel finished the day with four hits and three RBI while also recording a pair of stolen bases.   'The girls are really playing for each other,' Georgia associate head coach Tony Baldwin said. 'They're playing in the moment, and they're showing up every day ready to work, and that's what this team has done all year. Particularly feel great about what they've done since the start of the year in January. They had a great month of practice, and that's just carried over. It's become a very close team, and they really play for each other, and it really shows on the field.'   Georgia 8, Bucknell 0 (6 inn.) Georgia outhit Bucknell in the opening game, 8-3. Six of the eight hits went for extra bases including four doubles and two home runs. Alyssa DiCarlo and Mahlena O’Neal recorded two hits and drove in three runs each.   Bulldog starter Lauren Mathis improved to 3-0 in the circle. She worked five shutout innings and struck out five. Both marks were a season high for the freshman. Mary Wilson Avant pitched an inning in relief, fanning two of the three batters she faced.   Walks to Justice Milz and Alysen Febrey led to an early lead for Georgia as O’Neal knocked her fourth home run of the season over the wall in right, putting the Bulldogs ahead 3-0 in the opening stanza.   With Ciara Bryan on second and two out in the fourth, Jessica Morgan lined a double to the wall in center, plating the Bulldogs’ fourth run of the game.   The second home run of the game, this time a two-run shot by DiCarlo, lengthened the Georgia lead to 6-0 in the bottom of the fifth.   The bottom of the sixth started with a double off the bat of Kendall Burton into left center. She then advanced to third on a groundout. Emanuel got a single to fall down the right field line, scoring Burton. Following a stolen base by Emanuel, DiCarlo drove a double to right center to plate the winning, run-rule run.   Georgia 4, Bucknell 2 Emanuel paced the offense, scattering three hits and driving in two runs in the second tilt of the day.   Amanda Ablan (1-1) earned her first win of the season in the circle. She pitched a career-long five shutout innings, allowing only one hit, and tying a career-best five strikeouts.   'It was outstanding,” Baldwin added about Ablan. “It was great to watch her go out and do her thing. We see that in practice all the time, and sometimes you just have to be out there and get past that little threshold in the game. It was great to see her do that today. Her stuff is really, really good, and when she gets into her groove, it's fun to watch her do her thing.'   Kylie Bass earned her first save, pitching the seventh inning.   After a quiet two and a half innings, the scoreless tie was broken in the bottom of the third when Emanuel hit her second career home run, a two-run shot, to right center, putting the Bulldogs in front, 2-0.   A leadoff walk, stolen base, and a passed ball put Burton on third in the in the fifth. Tiffany Railey drove Burton in with her first career hit and RBI, widening the lead to 3-0.   A leadoff error by Febrey followed by a triple off the bat of Lauren Hadley to dead center, plated the first Bison run. Hadley immediately scored on a single by pinch hitter Jazmyn Stokes, slicing the Georgia lead to one, 3-2. The Bulldogs used a fielder’s choice and two Avant strikeouts to preserve the lead.   Febrey led off the bottom of the inning with a double to right then advanced on a flyout. Bryan fouled out down the right field line, deep enough for Febrey to tag up and score an insurance run, 4-2.   Bass entered in the seventh inning to record her first save of the season in the circle. She fanned two of the four batters she faced.   Georgia continues Southeastern Conference play this weekend when #2/3 Florida comes to Jack Turner Stadium for a three-game series beginning Friday under the lights at 6 p.m.
  • ATHENS, Ga. – No. 11 Georgia softball lengthened its winning streak to 21 games Monday, coming out on top of both ends of a doubleheader with Arkansas.    The Bulldogs were victorious in a nine-inning affair in game one, 1-0. The nightcap featured Georgia’s slimmest margin of victory on the season, defeating Arkansas 5-4.   Georgia improves to 22-1 in 2018 and 3-0 in Southeastern Conference play. The sweep is the first of a conference opponent since Georgia swept Missouri in 2016.   Senior pitcher Brittany Gray finished the series 2-0 with a save in 15 and two-thirds shutout innings. She allowed only four hits and struck out 22 on the weekend.   Georgia 1, Arkansas 0 (9 innings) Gray (11-0) set a new career-long outing in the circle in game one, going nine complete innings, allowing only two hits and striking out 11 Razorbacks (16-4, 0-2) in the shutout. Gray worked five and two-thirds of perfect softball.   Georgia scattered five hits with leadoff hitter Cortni Emanuel tallying two on the afternoon. Justice Milz recorded the lone RBI, driving in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.   Arkansas’ Haydi Bugarin tripled to right center with two out in the top of the sixth, breaking up Gray’s perfect game and no-hit bids. A groundout to short ended the inning, preserving the shutout.   Arkansas loaded the bases with no out in the top of the eighth but Gray and the defense quelled the scoring threat. The final out of the top of the eighth set a new career-long outing for Gray, topping her previous mark of seven and two-thirds.   Emanuel led off the bottom of the ninth, reaching on an infield single up the middle. She advanced to second on a passed ball. Milz lined a single into center, driving in Emanuel and walking off on the Razorbacks, 1-0.   The nine-inning game was Georgia’s first extra-inning game of the season.   Georgia 5, Arkansas 4 Kylie Bass (9-0) earned the victory her start in the circle. The junior worked four and two-thirds innings, surrendering two runs, one unearned, on four hits to the Razorbacks.   Gray earned her first save in the nightcap. She pitched the final inning and two-thirds of scoreless softball, striking out four.   At the plate, Georgia was outhit for only the second time this season, 8-6. Alyssa DiCarlo finished 2-for-3 with three RBI.   Back-to-back base hits by Jordan Doggett and Emanuel led off the bottom of the third. DiCarlo stepped in and launched her team-leading eighth home run to right field, putting the Dawgs on the board in a loud way, 3-0. A two-out hit-by-pitch and a walk led to late-inning baserunners. Mahlena O’Neal singled through the left side, plating the fourth run of the inning.   In the fourth inning, Emanuel reached on a throwing error by the shortstop then stole second. She scored on a base hit off the bat of Milz, widening the lead to 5-0 in favor of the Dawgs.   Arkansas scored its first runs of the series in the top of the fifth. A two-out walk to Bugarin followed by a double in the gap off the bat of Autumn Buczek plated the first win. Another walk followed by a two-out error by Milz allowed the second run to score, unearned. Georgia led 5-2 going to the bottom of the inning.   A two-run home run off the bat of Katie Warrick in the top of the sixth cut the Georgia lead to 5-4. Arkansas put two more on, prompting a call to the pen for Gray. She fanned the first batter she faced before an infield hit loaded the bases. Gray’s 100th strikeout of the season was the final out, stranding the bases loaded and preserving the one-run lead.   Two more strikeouts by Gray led to retiring the Razorbacks in order in seventh, securing the victory for Georgia.   Georgia’s doubleheader against Bucknell has been moved up to 1 and 3:15 p.m. start times on Wednesday at Jack Turner Stadium.   Georgia shortstop #8 Alyssa DiCarlo On game one… “Brittany (Gray) was throwing a great game so we just wanted to get it done for her. We weren’t doing as well on offense so we were just really trying to work hard on defense to get it done.”   On game two’s home run… “It felt really good. Like I said, the pitchers have done well all weekend so to help give them the win was great.”   On moving forward… “We are just going to forget about this weekend and move on to the next one. We will come out with the same energy and synergy and confidence that we came out with this weekend.
  • ATHENS, Ga. – Yielding just one hit, 11th-ranked Georgia softball silenced Western Carolina 6-0 Wednesday evening at Jack Turner Stadium.   Georgia starter Kylie Bass and relievers Lauren Mathis and Mary Wilson Avant nearly tossed the fourth no-hitter of the Bulldogs’ season, until the Catamounts notched a single with two outs in the top of seventh inning. The one-hit performance from the pitching staff marks the 11th time Georgia has given up one or less hits in 20 games.   The Bulldogs improved to 18-1 on their 18th-straight victory – Georgia’s longest win streak since 2006, which ties for the third-longest in program history. Alyssa DiCarlo (3-for-4, 3 RBI, 2 runs) paced the offensive attack, finishing a single-shy of hitting for the cycle. Also notching a multi-hit game was Jordan Doggett who went 2-for-2, while also adding a walk, RBI, and a run.   “Each and every day, we just want to come out and do what we do – focus on our game and continue to grow,” said head coach Lu Harris-Champer. “This team is a year older. They have bought into the team mindset and they come out and work hard every day. They want to work, they want to grow. This team has a great growth mindset. They want to enjoy the moment and enjoy the chemistry of their team.”   Cortni Emanuel led off the game by reaching on an infield single and immediately stole second base. DiCarlo drove Emanuel in with her second career triple laced off the wall in right. DiCarlo scored on a groundout to first by Alysen Febrey, widening the early lead to 2-0 in the opening stanza.   With two on and two out in the bottom of the second, DiCarlo doubled to left field, driving in Doggett and adding to the lead, 3-0.   It looked to be a quiet inning in the third but a hit-by-pitch and a walk allowed Georgia a pair of free baserunners. Doggett doubled to centerfield, plating Mahlena O’Neal and bringing the lead to four.   DiCarlo scratched off another leg of the cycle in the bottom of the fourth, knocking a solo shot to right field. It was her sixth home run of her junior campaign.   Georgia’s final run came across in the fifth by an Emanuel sacrifice fly that scored pinch runner Tiffani Railey.   Earning the win in the circle was Bass (8-0), going four scoreless and striking out four batters. Mathis followed out of the pen for two innings, while Avant closed it out – each with a pair of strikeouts.   Georgia opens Southeastern Conference play this weekend at home against Arkansas. The series opens Saturday at 1 p.m. on the SEC Network.    Kylie Bass “Our defense and pitching were awesome. Our staff worked great together. We just need to continue to do the little things right and focus on that in practice, just compete.”   Alyssa DiCarlo “We have a lot of confidence and team camaraderie. The morale is really good. We are working well together. We have another year under our belts together and it is starting to show.”
  • Athens, GA --- No. 14 Georgia will host Jacksonville State, Radford, and UNCG in the Ninth Annual Bulldog Classic this weekend. The 10-game tournament will begin Friday at Jack Turner Stadium. The tournament will serve as the final early-season tournament for the Bulldogs before opening Southeastern Conference play next weekend. Dates: Mar. 2-4, 2018 Location: Athens, Ga. Stadium: Jack Turner Stadium Teams: #14 Georgia (13-1) Jacksonville State (6-8) Radford (10-4) UNCG (11-3) Georgia’s Schedule: Mar. 2 – Radford, 3:30 p.m. Mar. 2 – Jacksonville State, 6 p.m. Mar. 3 – UNCG, 1 p.m. Mar. 3 – Jacksonville State, 3:30 p.m. Mar. 4 – UNCG, 1 p.m.   Media Information TV: n/a Streaming Video: SEC Network+ Play-by-Play: Kaleb Frady Analysis: Natalie Kerns, Kristina Wyatt Radio: WUOG 90.5 FM/WUOG.org (Saturday vs. JSU only) Play-by-Play: Myan Patel Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com Twitter Updates: @UGAsoftball   This Weekend’s Promotions » Admission to every home Georgia softball game is FREE   Follow the Bulldogs » All five Georgia games will be streamed to the SEC Network+. Kaleb Frady will provide play-by-play while Natalie Kerns and Kristina Wyatt will provide analysis. » Saturday’s game against Jacksonville State will be broadcast on WUOG 90.5 FM and online at WUOG.org. Myan Patel will be on the call. » Live stats will be available for all games of the Georgia Classic. Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule on GeorgiaDogs.com. » Live Twitter updates will be available all season long at @UGAsoftball.   Georgia Softball Notebook Series Histories Jacksonville State - Georgia leads 4-1 » Last meetings came in last season’s Tallahassee Regional; Georgia won both games » Jacksonville State won the first-ever meeting on Feb. 12, 2005, 3-2 in eight innings Radford - Georgia leads 7-0 » Six of seven meetings have been in Athens; last meeting was three games in 2003 » Teams met in Regional play back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010 UNCG - Georgia leads 4-0 » All four meetings have been in Athens; last in 2009   A Look Back Georgia widened its winning streak to 12 games with four shutout wins at the Georgia Classic over the weekend. The pitching staff worked 25 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and combining for 29 strikeouts of opponents. Brittany Gray, Lauren Mathis, and Mary Wilson Avant threw a combined no-hitter in five innings against Charleston on Friday. The offense scored 34 runs in four games and knocked six total home runs while hitting .433 on the weekend. Freshman Jessica Morgan drove in a team-best six runs while hitting two home runs. Alysen Febrey hit .615 while Cortni Emanuel stole 12 total bases.   Georgia in the Top 25 The Bulldogs stayed strong at #14 in both the USA Today/NFCA and ESPN.com/USA Softball Coaches Polls this week. The Bulldogs entered the season with a preseason #25 ranking and sat at #17 in the week one polls.   Despite finishing last in the SEC a season ago with a 6-18 record, the Bulldogs dropped out of the NFCA Poll only one week. It was the first time Georgia had been outside the top 25 since 2013.   A Look Ahead Georgia Tech and Western Carolina come to Athens for midweek action Tuesday and Wednesday before opening SEC play against Arkansas Saturday, Mar. 10 at Jack Turner Stadium. Georgia and Georgia Tech square off at 6 p.m. Tuesday followed by a 5 p.m. first pitch against Western Carolina.   Head of the Pack At the plate, Georgia leads the SEC in six offensive categories including batting average (.406), slugging (.694), on-base percentage (.466), hits (155), home runs (25), and total bases (265).   In the country, Georgia’s team batting average is the best in the nation. The Bulldogs also lead the NCAA in home runs per game (1.79), slugging, and scoring (8.86 runs/game).   Zoom, Zoom Senior Cortni Emanuel tied a Georgia record with five stolen bases against Charleston on Saturday, Feb. 24. Her mark tied Kellie Middleton’s record vs. McNeese State on Feb. 11, 2007. Emanuel swiped 12 total bags in four games of the Georgia Classic. Now in her fourth season, she has 140 stolen bases, a figure that ranks second all-time at Georgia. Her 19 this season ranks second in the SEC.   Mowing Them Down Brittany Gray picked up her 400th career strikeout in Friday’s game against Charleston. In her next start on Saturday against ETSU, Gray worked a complete-game shutout while setting a new career-high 14 strikeouts in the seven-inning affair. With her performance, her 415 strikeouts moves her into seventh all-time at Georgia. Her 10.5 strikeouts per seven innings ranks ninth nationally.   The RUNdown The Bulldogs have outscored opponents 124-14 in 14 games this season. Nationally, Georgia ranks first in scoring with 8.86 runs per game. Georgia’s .406 batting average is also best in the NCAA.   Over the Edge Georgia has hit 25 home runs in 14 games in 2018. In 2017, Georgia had 28 in 58 games. The total leads the league, five more than second-place Missouri. Georgia’s 1.79 home runs per game average leads all of NCAA D-I softball teams.   No Runs For You! The Bulldogs have recorded six-consecutive shutouts, tying a program record set twice, first in 2003 then again in 2016. The pitching staff has recorded nine total shutouts this season.   Solid in the Circle The Georgia pitching staff has been sharp to start the season, recording a 0.80 ERA in 14 games. Georgia’s ERA ranks third in the SEC, sixth in the nation. The staff has struck out 110 opposing hitters, allowing only 10 earned runs and putting nine shutouts in the books. Kylie Bass and Brittany Gray have been staples in the circle, pitching a combined 64.2 of 87 innings played. Together, they have struck out 89 batters.