In its last non-conference matchup of the regular season, the No. 12 Georgia softball team (36-10) will take on Georgia State (24-22) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET.
All regular-season games at Jack Turner Stadium have free admission while it is $1 hot dog night at the concession stand.
The game will be broadcast on SEC Network+/WatchESPN with links available at georgiadogs.com.
LAST TIME OUT: TENNESSEE
Georgia rallied in game three of the Tennessee series to avoid the sweep, defeating the Vols 6-2 after putting up a five-run second inning. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Vols, as Georgia’s last win was 1-0 in the 2012 NCAA Super Regionals in Knoxville.
Alex Hugo and Lacey Sumerlin led the Georgia offense in the series finale, as Hugo had three RBI on two hits while Sumerlin had one RBI on two hits. Sydni Emanuel also tallied a two-hit game, scoring two of the Bulldogs’ runs. Chelsea Wilkinson started in the circle for Georgia, and went 4.1 innings, giving up two runs and four hits with four strikeouts. Brittany Gray came on as relief in the fifth and finished the game, retiring all eight batters faced with five coming by way of strikeout.
For the weekend, S. Emanuel led the team with five hits and three runs scored while Hugo’s bat notched a team-best five RBI off of three hits, including two doubles.
HUGO, WILKINSON SELECTED IN NPF DRAFT
Georgia softball seniors Hugo and Wilkinson were selected in the 2016 National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft on Thursday night. Hugo was the 10th pick of the night, selected by the Akron Racers, while Wilkinson was the 14th pick by the Pennsylvania Rebellion. Georgia has had 16 Bulldogs play professionally, as four former players were on active rosters last season, including Taylor Schlopy (Akron Racers), Megan Wiggins (USSSA Pride), Alisa Goler (Pennsylvania Rebellion) and Kristyn Sandberg (Pennsylvania Rebellion). Assistant coach Rachele Fico also plays in the NPF with the Racers.
BROWNE CLOSING IN ON FIFTH IN ALL-TIME PUTOUTS
Senior Katie Browne is closing in on the fifth spot in Georgia’s career all-time putouts list, as after notching 15 in the series against Tennessee, she now holds 1,098. The Louisiana native is now 10 away from jumping Sandberg’s 1,107. Browne also has an arm behind the plate, as she has caught four stealing so far this season, putting her with 25 in her career.
SUMERLIN LEARNING TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS
Still learning on the job, freshman Lacey Sumerlin is making adjustments as the game goes on, and it was evident in game three against Tennessee. After striking out three times against UT’s pitcher Matty Moss in game one, Sumerlin bounced back to go 2-for-2 with a walk against Moss on Monday. The shortstop also had one run and a RBI in the game.
GEORGIA MOVES TO NO. 19 IN NCAA RPI
The NCAA released its fifth RPI of the year, as Georgia moves to No. 19 in the list. The Bulldogs have faced 17 teams in the top 150, holding an 18-10 mark against them. Breaking that down, Georgia is 4-4 against the top 15, 9-8 vs. the top 25 and 11-9 against the top 100. Every SEC team is in the top 60 of the RPI while Georgia still has four opponents to face in the regular season, including No. 52 Georgia State and No. 5 Auburn.
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