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Baseball Schedule Change Details

Due to inclement weather, the Georgia-South Carolina Southeastern Conference baseball series in Athens at Foley Field will now begin Saturday with a doubleheader at 2 p.m.

Saturday’s schedule will feature a pair of nine-inning games, and the NCAA/SEC’s 10-run will be in effect where a game would be called after seven innings if a team is ahead by ten or more runs.





Fans holding tickets for Saturday’s game will be admitted to the first game of the doubleheader only as the stadium will be cleared between games. Fans with tickets for Friday’s game will be admitted only to the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader, which will start an hour after the first game of the day concludes.

Saturday’s doubleheader will be streamed on SECN+. Sunday’s 3 p.m. contest will be televised by the SEC Network. All games are available on the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.

Georgia opens SEC action with a 13-4 mark, while No. 14 South Carolina is 17-1 and riding an eight-game winning streak.





Thursday football practice photos

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WTENNIS: Dawgs Roll Tide 4-1

Dasha Vidmanova

The sixth-ranked University of Georgia women’s tennis team defeated Alabama 4-1 on Thursday afternoon at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Southeastern Conference play. 

In doubles, Georgia (12-3, 5-0 SEC) dropped two of three to Alabama (9-5, 2-2 SEC). On court two, No. 39 Meg Kowalski and Mell Reasco picked up the first win of the day, defeating Kasia Pitak and Ola Pitak 6-2, while Alabama’s Petra Sedlackova and Anna Parkhomenko responded with a 6-4 win over Ania Hertel and Anastasiia Lopata on court three. With the doubles point on the line, No. 26 Guillermina Grant and Mai Nirundorn fell to No. 58 Anne Marie Hiser and Loudmilla Bencheikh 7-5.

In singles action, the Bulldogs won four matches. No. 122 Kowalski provided the first win of the day on court five. She topped Anne Marie Hiser in straight sets 6-2, 6-2. No. 10 Lea Ma gave Georgia the lead thanks to a 6-4, 6-2 victory over No. 94 Loudmilla Bencheikh. This marked Ma’s eighth consecutive win and ninth win over a ranked opponent on the season. She was followed by No. 52 Reasco who defeated Petra Sedlackova in a three-set battle 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 – her seventh consecutive win, while No. 12 Dasha Vidmanova clinched the match with a 7-6 (3), 6-0 win over Ola Pitak – her ninth straight victory.

Georgia will return to action on Sunday, March 19 against Auburn at 1 p.m. The first 100 fans will receive a free University of Georgia women’s tennis t-shirt.


Doubles Results

1. #58 Anne Marie Hiser/Loudmilla Bencheikh (UA) def. #26 Guillermina Grant/Mai Nirundorn (UGA) 7-5

2. #39 Mell Reasco/Meg Kowalski (UGA) def. Kasia Pitak/Ola Pitak (UA) 6-2

3. Petra Sedlackova/Anna Parkhomenko (UA) def. Anastasiia Lopata/Ania Hertel (UGA) 6-4

Singles Result

1. #10 Lea Ma (UGA) def. #94 Loudmilla Bencheikh (UA) 6-4, 6-2

2. #12 Dasha Vidmanova (UGA) def. Ola Pitak (UA) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0

3. #52 Mell Reasco (UGA) def. Petra Sedlackova (UA) 6-0, 2-6, 6-3

4. #64 Anastasiia Lopata (UGA) vs. Anna Parkhomenko (UA) 6-4, 4-2, unfinished

5. #122 Meg Kowalski (UGA) def. Anne Marie Hiser (UA) 6-2, 6-2

6. Guillermina Grant (UGA) vs. Klara Milicevic (UA) 3-6, 6-1, 5-2, unfinished

BASEBALL: South Carolina visits Foley Field this weekend

Ben Anderson

Georgia opens Southeastern Conference play with 14th-ranked South Carolina visiting Foley Field for a three-game series starting Friday at 6:02 p.m. on SEC Network+ and the Georgia Bulldog Sports Network.

The Bulldogs (13-4) began the week by snapping Wofford’s nation’s longest winning streak of 14 games, outlasting the Terriers 10-8 Tuesday. The Gamecocks (17-1) bring an eight-game winning streak to Foley Field. Their lone defeat came to rival Clemson March 3 in Clemson; however, the Gamecocks took the series two games to one.

Series History: USC leads the all-time series with Georgia 67-66 in records dating to 1896. The road team has won the last three series (Georgia swept in 2019; USC went 2-1 in 2021 and Georgia went 2-1 in 2022). At Georgia, Ike Cousins head baseball coach Scott Stricklin is 17-7 against the Gamecocks. USC eliminated Stricklin’s Kent State squad 4-1 at the 2012 College World Series but not before the Golden Flashes ousted top seeded Florida.

Bombs Away: Georgia posted the highest batting average among SEC teams last week at .360, going 4-1 against Georgia Southern and Charleston Southern. The Bulldogs were 64-for-178 with 10 doubles, two triples and 14 home runs. In a 10-8 victory over Wofford Tuesday, the Bulldogs smacked 16 hits including four home runs to snap the Terriers national best 14-game winning streak.

        For the year, the Bulldogs are batting .337 with 41 home runs. South Carolina boasts plenty of power with an NCAA-leading 48 home runs and a .308 batting average plus it ranks seventh nationally in drawing walks with 117 and second nationally with 51 hit by pitches.

        Georgia redshirt-freshman OF/1B Charlie Condon (.531-8-34) ranks among the national leaders in batting and RBI while graduate OF Connor Tate (.507-7-24) is not far behind. Condon has hit safely in 16 games while Tate has a 22-game hitting streak dating to last year. Tate was named one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week along with SEC Co-Player of the Week on Monday while Condon received SEC Co-Freshman of the Week honors after being the SEC Player of the Week on March 6.

Weekend Rotation: On Friday, the Bulldogs will start junior LHP Jaden Woods (3-0, 2.60 ERA) while USC counters with junior RHP Will Sanders (2-1, 3.86 ERA). Georgia’s Saturday starter junior LHP Liam Sullivan (3-0, 0.44 ERA) leads the SEC and ranks among the national leaders in Earned Run Average. For the year, he has allowed just one earned run 20.1 innings with six walks and 27 strikeouts. He was part of a combined one-hit shutout of Charleston Southern Saturday, tossing five hitless frames. USC will start senior RHP Noah Hall (3-0, 2.59 ERA) on Saturday. The Bulldogs have not named a Sunday starter while the Gamecocks will hand the ball to junior RHP Jack Mahoney (2-0, 3.00 ERA).

        The Bulldogs have a 5.13 ERA while holding opponents to a .230 batting average. The staff has registered 197 strikeouts with 79 walks. USC sports a 2.55 ERA (ranks fifth nationally) with its opponents’ batting average at .196 with only six home runs allowed. USC tallied 188 strikeouts with 48 walks.

Radio/TV/Live Stats Information

Friday at 6 pm at Foley Field, Athens (SECN+)

960TheRef: https://georgiadogs.com/watch/?Live=4374&type=Archive

Streaming: SECN+ (Kaleb Frady, Brett DeLoach): https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=6aec6fdb-3ec6-4c1a-b5a4-f88527de24ec

Live Stats: https://georgiadogs.com/sidearmstats/baseball/summary

Saturday at 2 p.m. at Foley Field, Athens (SECN+)

960TheRef: https://georgiadogs.com/watch/?Live=4375&type=Archive

Streaming: SECN+ (Kaleb Frady, Brett DeLoach): https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=19fe01d8-4b9b-4439-a16b-e6801b1b0284

Live Stats: https://georgiadogs.com/sidearmstats/baseball/summary

Sunday at 3 p.m. at Foley Field, Athens (SEC Network)

960TheRef: https://georgiadogs.com/watch/?Live=4376&type=Archive

Streaming: SECN (Richard Cross, Lance Cormier): https://www.espn.com/watch/player?id=675deb24-bb7f-4fdf-96c6-a30dbbbb6142

Live Stats: https://georgiadogs.com/sidearmstats/baseball/summary

SOFTBALL: No. 18/17 Georgia (21-6, 2-1) travel to No. 24/21 Texas A&M (16-7, 2-1) for weekend series

Jayda Kearney, Dallis Goodnight, and Sydney Chambley (L to R)

Dates: March 17-19, 2023

First Pitch: 6 p.m., ET  //  6 p.m., ET  //  2 p.m., ET

Location: Bryan-College Station, Texas

Stadium: Davis Diamond

Streaming: SEC Network+

Georgia softball continues Southeastern Conference play this weekend as it travels to Bryan-College Station for its first road series against No. 24/21 Texas A&M.

The series begins Friday at 6 p.m., ET, from Davis Diamond. Saturday’s game will also begin at 6 p.m. with Sunday’s finale set for a 2 p.m. first pitch.

Follow the Bulldogs

» All three games of the Texas A&M series will stream live on SEC Network+. Chelsea Reber (play-by-play) and Tori Vidales (analysis) will be on the call Saturday and Sunday.

» Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule at GeorgiaDogs.com.

» Live Twitter updates will be available on the official Twitter page of Georgia softball, @UGAsoftball.

Series History

» Georgia leads the all-time series 16-7

» Since the Aggies joined the league in 2012, Georgia is 12-6 in the series

» The Bulldogs are 2-4 on the road against Texas A&M

» Georgia has not played the Aggies on the road since 2017; the Aggies swept the series

» The Bulldogs have won the last two series (2019, 2022), both in Athens

Recapping Action

Georgia defeated the Furman Paladins in midweek action Wednesday, 7-1, at Jack Turner Stadium. The offense scattered 12 hits in the contest. Sydney Chambley, Sara Mosley, and Sydney Kuma all had two-hit games for the Dogs. Shelby Walters worked four shutout innings in her start, allowing just one hit. Walters retired the first 11 Paladin hitters of the game. Kylie Macy, Riley Orcutt, Sydney Osada, and Destin Howard combined to pitch the final three innings. The offense didn’t strike out at all while the pitching staff allowed no walks in the contest.

A Look at What’s Ahead

Georgia returns to Athens to open an eight-game homestand beginning next Wednesday when in-state foe Kennesaw State comes to Athens. The 7 p.m. matchup will air on SEC Network. Georgia then welcomes Mississippi State for a three-game SEC series beginning March 24.

Georgia in the Polls

Georgia’s rankings after Week 5:

     – USA Today/NFCA: 18

     – ESPN/USA Softball: 17

     – D1Softball: 18

     – Softball America: 18

     – RPI: 18

Mosley is Heating Up

Entering Wednesday’s game, senior Sara Mosley carried a four-game home run streak. She tied Jayda Kearney for the team lead with nine home runs on the season. Sydney Chambley was the last Bulldog with such a streak when she homered in five-straight games a season ago.

Kurland, Kearney Provide Heroics in Auburn Series Finale

Down 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning in the rubber game of the Auburn series, Ally Kurland provided a two-run home run to centerfield to send the game to extra innings. Jayda Kearney called game in the 10th inning with a walk-off solo home run to down the Tigers 5-4 and clinch the series for Georgia.

Walters Tosses 47th No-No in Program History

Graduate Shelby Walters pitched a six-inning no-hitter against Samford in the Bulldog Class on March 4. It was the 47th no-hitter in the history of the Georgia softball program. She tied a season-best eight strikeouts in the game, allowing just two walks in an otherwise perfect outing.

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