SOFTBALL: Georgia Begins SEC Tourney Play Today vs. Kentucky

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SOFTBALL: Georgia Begins SEC Tourney Play Today vs. Kentucky

Georgia outfielder Sydney Chambley (9) during a game against Kennesaw State at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Photo by Mackenzie Miles)
Georgia outfielder Sydney Chambley (9) during a game against Kennesaw State at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Photo by Mackenzie Miles)

First Pitch: 7:30 p.m., ET
Location: Tuscaloosa, Ala. 
Stadium: Rhoads Stadium

Media Information
TV: SEC Network
   Play-by-play: Beth Mowins
   Analysis: Michele Smith
Streaming: ESPN app
Twitter Updates:@UGAsoftball





Georgia softball opens SEC Tournament play Wednesday evening at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The 11th-seeded Bulldogs will play (6) Kentucky in the final game of the day, slated for a 7:30 p.m., ET, first pitch on SEC Network. 

Follow the Bulldogs
» Wednesday’s game will air live on SEC Network. Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Michele Smith (analysis) will be on the call. 
» Wednesday’s game can be streamed on the ESPN app. 
» Wednesday’s games can be heard live on the SEC Radio Network SiriusXM 190, Online 961 + SEC Radio. 
» Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule at
» Live Twitter updates will be available at the official Twitter page of Georgia softball, @UGAsoftball.





Series History
» Georgia leads the all-time series with Kentucky 58-15
» Georgia is 2-1 against Kentucky in the SEC Tournament
» The Bulldogs took on the Wildcats in Lexington this season. Kentucky took game one of a doubleheader, 11-3 in five innings. In game two of the twin bill, Georgia scored four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to come back and defeat the Wildcats 9-8 to even the series. Georgia took game three, 5-2, on Monday, April 12 to claim the road series
» Georgia has won 15 of the last 18 meetings with the Wildcats

A Look at What’s Ahead
The winner of Wednesday’s matchup will advance in the tournament to play (4) Alabama Thursday. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m., ET. On Sunday, May 16, Georgia will hears its destination for the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Selection Show will air Sunday night at 9 p.m., ET, on ESPN 2. The Bulldogs will look to make their 19-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. 

SEC Tournament Tidbits
» Georgia’s all-time SEC Tournament record is 21-22 (.488) in 19 total appearances
» Georgia’s lone tournament title came in 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina 
» This will be Georgia’s first time as the #11 seed in the tournament 
» Georgia is 2-1 against Kentucky in the SEC Tournament; Georgia beat Kentucky in 2012 in Tuscaloosa in the opening round and defeated the Wildcats to win the tournament championship in 2014 
» The Bulldogs are 4-2 when the SEC Tournament is held in Tuscaloosa (2004, 2012); Georgia finished runner-up in 2004, falling to LSU in the tournament final
» Georgia’s 21 SEC Tournament wins ranks fifth in tournament history while its .488 percentage ranks fifth-best 
» Georgia has reached the tournament finals five times, fourth-most in league history; most recently in 2014 when the Bulldogs on the title
» The Bulldogs rank second with four Championship runner-up finishes (2002, 2004, 2005, 2011)
» Lu Harris-Champer is the fifth-winning-est coach in tournament history at 21-18 (.538); she is the fourth-most active
» Georgia is set to host the SEC Tournament in Athens in 2024

Kuma Named SEC All-Newcomer Team
Sydney Kuma concluded the season hitting .296. She knocked a team-best 14 home runs and drove in a team-high 34 runs on 47 hits. She also touched home more than any Bulldog, scoring 36 times. In SEC play, Kuma scattered 19 hits and drove in 10 runs. She started every game of the season at second base, the only Bulldogs to start all 49 games at the same position in 2021.

Chambley Named SEC All-Freshman Team
Georgia native Sydney Chambley was one of two Bulldogs to hit north of .300 on the season. She hit nine home runs and drove in 29 runners. She led the SEC with six triples and joined Kuma as the only Bulldogs to top 40 hits. Chambley assisted on four putouts from the outfield on the season.

Kearney Named SEC All-Freshman Team
Jayda Kearney was Georgia’s leading hitter in conference play, hitting .286 with 18 hits. She tied a team high with five home runs in SEC play with 13 RBI. On the season, Kearney scored 20 runs, drove in 23, and was a perfect 7-for-7 in stolen bases. 

Georgia Rounds Out Top 25-Packed Stretch
The Bulldogs recently rounded out a stretch of 17 games against six ranked opponents, with all but one being top 10. Georgia earned five victories against those opponents. After the stretch, Georgia’s RPI checked in at 14 and its strength of schedule was fourth-best in the country. 

Bulldogs Dig the Long Ball
Georgia ranks 15th in the country with 1.47 home runs per game. Georgia’s 32 home runs in SEC games ranks second in the SEC. The Bulldogs tied a season-high five home runs against Missouri (3/20) including four in the first inning. The Bulldogs hit three-straight in the inning, the first time since 2018 against Florida. Georgia’s .495 slugging percentage is 33rd nationally. 





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