Georgia Softball Wins Athens Regional and Secures Super Regional Berth

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Georgia Softball Wins Athens Regional and Secures Super Regional Berth

Post game celebration
Post game celebration

Georgia defeated Northwestern 9-7 Sunday afternoon punching its ticket to the Super Regionals. It’ll be the Bulldog’s 10th Super Regional appearance. After the rest of the regionals concluding, Georgia found out it’ll host Tennessee next weekend in the round of 16. 

The Georgia offense outhit the Wildcats 10-7 on Sunday. The Bulldogs recorded four extra-base hits. Alysen Febrey led the way, finishing the day with a triple and a home run. She drove in four runs. Jordan Doggett set a new career high with three hits in the contest. Justice Milz scattered two hits with two RBI. Alyssa DiCarlo drew three walks, two intentional, and picked up a hit with three runs scored on Sunday.

Mary Wilson Avant
Mary Wilson Avant

Mary Wilson Avant started for the third time this weekend and pitched four innings. She improved to 11-3 on the season.  Kylie Bass relieved Wilson Avant at the top of fifth and pitched the final three innings. She picked up her second save of the season.

In the bottom of the second, Kendall Burton lined a base hit into center. This hit drove in the first run of the day. Cortni Emanuel hit a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Kaylie Harding to tag and score. This score put Georgia in front, 2-0.

Northwestern erased the Georgia lead in the top of the third. With bases loaded, Sabrina Rabin singled to plate the first Wildcat run. A wild pitch immediately following tied the game at 2-2. Morgan Nelson delivered a two-RBI base hit to put Northwestern ahead 4-2 in the frame.

Alyssa DiCarlo slides into home plate
Alyssa DiCarlo slides into home plate

A wild throw by the shortstop allowed DiCarlo to score and cut the lead to one in the bottom of the inning, 4-3. Two, two-run home runs by Milz and Febrey put the Bulldogs back in front in the bottom of the fourth, 7-3.

A two-out throwing error by Doggett allowed two Northwestern runs to score in the top of the fifth, cutting the lead to one, 7-6. Febrey knocked a two-run triple to plate key insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to bolster the lead, 9-6. Northwestern’s Marissa Panko hit a two-out solo home run in the top of the seventh to bring the final tally to 9-7. Bass recorded the final out via strikeout to send the Bulldogs to the Super Regional for the first time since 2016.

The team jokes behind Febrey
The team jokes behind Febrey

Georgia faces Tennessee for game one of a three-game series Friday at 5 p.m. on ESPNU at Jack Turner Stadium. Game two is on Saturday at 3 p.m. and if necessary game three will be Sunday at 3 p.m. The series is the best out of three and winner heads to Oklahoma City for the remainder of the tournament.

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Savannah Leigh is a recent graduate of the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia. She is an avid SEC, Dawgs, and college football fan. She also adores her three-year-old black lab, Champ Bailey.