Georgia softball shut out UNCG and Jacksonville State on Saturday at Jack Turner Stadium. The Bulldogs improve to 17-1 on the season and increase the win streak to 16. Georgia’s streak ties for the fifth-best in program history and the two shutouts mark the 11th and 12th recorded by a Georgia pitcher in 2018.
The Bulldogs defeated UNCG in the first game 7-0 and then beat Jacksonville State 6-0. Brittany Grey earned both wins and pitched a combined nine and one third scoreless innings on Saturday. She struck out 19 total hitters and walked none. Georgia’s offense continued to dominate and combined for 13 runs on 21 hits. These numbers include six extra-base hits led by Alyssa DiCarlo and Alysen Febrey. Both hit a .571 on the day.
In game one, Febrey and DiCarlo paced Georgia’s offense combing for seven of the 12 hits. DiCarlo had three hits including two doubles, and she scored three times. Febrey pushed in five runs with her four hits. She sailed her sixth home run of the season during the bottom of the sixth and gave Georgia its 7-0 win. The numbers set a career high for her in both categories. Jordan Doggett scattered a pair of hits in game one too, including a double.
Gray improved to 8-0 on the season and completed her fifth complete game of the season. She also put down her fourth solo shutout. Gray allowed three hits while striking out 13 Spartans.
During game two, Georgia outhit Jacksonville State 9-2. Three Bulldogs each had two hits including ones from Cortni Emanuel, Mahlena O’Neal, and Justice Milz. Milz was responsible for all four RBI’s in game two.
Mary Wilson Avant started the game on the mound, and she pitched four and two-thirds scoreless innings allowing just one hit. Gray relieved her in the fifth and became the pitcher when the Bulldogs took the lead in the bottom of the inning. She worked two and a third innings in relief, striking out six of the 10 batters she faced.
Georgia’s offense struggled the first four innings but finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth. The Bulldogs scored two in the fifth and then moved onto the sixth, where Georgia scored four runs. Milz blasted a dinger over the fence for her fifth home run of the season giving Georgia the 6-0 lead.
The Bulldogs return on Sunday to face UNCG at 1 p.m. at Jack Turner Stadium. Sunday’s game will be the final tournament game for Georgia of the season.