Softball Bulldogs to Face Furman, Mercer

Softball Bulldogs

Alex Hugo (16) during Georgia’s game against James Madison University in the Annual Red and Black Showcase at Jack Turner Stadium on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 in Athens, Ga. (Photo by John Kelley)

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Despite the cancellation of the Georgia Softball Classic due to the winter storm that affected the Southeast, the No. 19/17 Georgia softball team will still take to the field this weekend. The Softball Bulldogs will play host to Furman (0-0) and Mercer (4-1), original participants in the Georgia Softball Classic, in a pair of doubleheaders. Georgia will take on Furman at 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 16 before facing Mercer at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., on Monday, Feb. 17. The Bulldogs enter the games with a 5-0 record after sweeping the Red and Black Showcase last weekend.

Schedule
Sunday, Feb. 16
Georgia vs. Furman – 1 p.m./3 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 17
Georgia vs. Mercer – 2 p.m./4 p.m.

Series Information
GEORGIA vs. FURMAN: Georgia owns a 16-1 all-time record against Furman.  The two teams have not faced one another since 2012 when Georgia came away with a 8-0, six-inning win.

GEORGIA vs. MERCER: Georgia has never lost to Mercer, owning a perfect 14-0 record against the Bears. The Bulldogs’ last win over the bears came in 2012 when Georgia picked up a 2-0 win.

Notes
A LOOK BACK: For the first time since 2011, the Georgia softball team has started the season 5-0. The Bulldogs picked up five wins last weekend in the Red and Black Showcase.  Among the wins were two over James Madison, an NCAA Regional team from a year ago.

WILKINSON: Sophomore Chelsea Wilkinson picked up right where she left off last season, pitching brilliantly in the opening weekend. Wilkinson finished the weekend 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA. She also struck out 23 batters and gave up just three hits in 17 innings of work. She also threw a complete game shutout and combined for another.

HUGO AT THE PLATE: Alex Hugo had the distinction of hitting Georgia’s first home run of the season. The sophomore transfer from Kansas belted a two-run home run against North Texas. She followed that up with a second home run, this team a three-run bomb, against James Madison. For the weekend, Hugo went 4-for-15 and hit .308. Hugo also drew four walks and have reached base in each of the last four games.

TRIPLE DOUBLES: Freshman Maeve McGuire made her presence known in the lineup over the weekend. She led the team with a .400 batting average and registered three doubles against North Texas. She finished the weekend with four hits and drove in five runs, second most on the team.

UP NEXT: The Softball Bulldogs hit the road for the first time next weekend when they travel to Orlando, Fla., to take part in the Citrus Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Georgia will take on NC State, Marshall, East Carolina, Delaware and South Alabama in the three-day tournament.