SB: DiCarlo, Bryan and Fincher Named All-SEC

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SB: DiCarlo, Bryan and Fincher Named All-SEC

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Three University of Georgia softball student-athletes have been recognized by the Southeastern Conference for their achievements on the softball field this season.

Senior Alyssa DiCarlo was chosen by the league’s head coaches as a First Team All-SEC performer. Junior Ciara Bryan earned Second Team All-SEC accolades while rookie Lacey Fincher gained a spot on the Freshman All-SEC Team.

“I’m so incredibly proud of these three Bulldogs and their grit this season,” said head coach Lu Harris-Champer. “All three are tremendous representatives of Georgia Softball. For Alyssa, to be All-SEC all four years is a great honor; she’s one of the best to wear the Red & Black. With Ciara and Lacey, I’m very excited for the future of our team.”

DiCarlo, a native of Glendale, Arizona, concludes her career as a four-time All-SEC performer, this is her third time on the First Team, earning Second Team as a sophomore in 2017. This season, DiCarlo has etched her name deep in Georgia’s record books highlighted by breaking the program records for home runs, RBI, extra-base hits, and total bases. She will also finish top-10 in career categories including batting average, hits, runs, at-bats, doubles, slugging and on-base percentage, sacrifice flies, walks, and assists. This season, she has knocked 21 home runs, sixth-most in the nation, while driving in 54 runs and batting a team-best .387 and slugging .913 with a .530 on-base clip. She co-leads the team with 15 multi-hit games and has recorded 14 multi-RBI performances.

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In April, DiCarlo was drafted as the fourth-overall pick by the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch.

Bryan makes her debut on an all-conference team in 2019. A native of Covington, Georgia, Bryan has been Georgia’s top hitter in league play, hitting a team-best .310 while slugging .521 against conference opponents. Overall, she ranks second on the team with 10 home runs while driving in 34 total runs this season. Bryan has knocked a team-best five triples, the second-most in the SEC. She now ranks tied for second all-time with 14 career triples at Georgia.  She also ranks second on the team with 11 stolen bases. Starting 52 games in the outfield, Bryan has not committed an error this season.

In her freshman campaign, Fincher has made an immediate impact in the lineup for the Bulldogs. The Tanner Williams, Alabama native is hitting .328 with a .577 slugging an .497 on-base percentages. She’s hit seven doubles, nine home runs, and driven in 31 runs. She’s also drawn 47 walks, second only to DiCarlo’s 49. In the field, Fincher began the season starting as the designated player before taking over duties at first base in early March. She’s made appearances at short, behind the plate, and in the outfield throughout the season. She’s currently a top-25 candidate for the Schutt Sports/NFCA Freshman of the Year award.

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The eighth-seeded Bulldogs will open SEC Tournament play Wednesday evening against #9 Arkansas. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m., ET, from Davis Diamond in College Station, Texas.

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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.