SB: Georgia Opens Home Schedule with Red & Black Showcase

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SB: Georgia Opens Home Schedule with Red & Black Showcase

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Dates: Feb. 14-17, 2019

Location: Athens, Ga.

Stadium: Jack Turner Softball Stadium

Georgia’s Schedule:

     Feb. 14 – vs. Buffalo, 5 p.m.

     Feb. 15 – Winthrop, 2:30 p.m.

     Feb. 15 – Omaha, 5 p.m.

     Feb. 16 – Winthrop, 11:30 a.m.

     Feb. 16 – Omaha, 2 p.m.

Media Information

Streaming Video: SEC Network+ (Thursday, Friday only)

Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com

#9/10 Georgia softball opens its home schedule with the Red & Black Showcase, beginning Thursday evening at Jack Turner Stadium.

The Bulldogs will host the Buffalo Bulls on Thursday followed the Winthrop Eagles, the Omaha Mavericks on Friday and Saturday.

Home opening weekend will feature an altered schedule due to forecasted weather. The tournament will kick off with the Bulldogs and Bulls at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Follow the Bulldogs

» Live stats will be available for all games of the Red & Black Showcase. Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule at GeorgiaDogs.com.

» Georgia’s games on Thursday and Friday will stream live on the SEC Network+.

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

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Series Histories

Winthrop – Georgia leads 23-2

» Winthrop is Georgia’s longest-tenured out-of-state rivalry, dating back to 1998, totaling 25 meetings

» 22 of the 25 meetings have been in Athens

» The Bulldogs have won the last 13 meetings, dating back to 2007

Omaha – Georgia leads 2-0

» Both meetings came in back-to-back season in 2015 and 2016 in Orlando

» Both games were five-inning shutouts

Buffalo – Georgia leads 3-0

» Georgia and Buffalo first met in 2007 in Tallahassee

» Buffalo came to Athens in 2011 and 2012

» All three games have been five-inning shutouts

A Look Back

The Bulldogs opened the 2019 season at the FAU First Pitch Classic. Georgia picked up wins over St. John’s, Florida Atlantic, Bethune-Cookman, and Virginia. Georgia fell to Indiana on the final day of play Sunday. The Bulldogs’ offense featured 10 home runs, four from Alyssa DiCarlo. In all, Georgia outscored opponents 45-15 on opening weekend.

Three Bulldogs Appear in Softball America’s Top 100

Alyssa DiCarlo (#15), Alysen Febrey (#26), and Justice Milz (#36) appeared in Softball America’s 2019 Top 100 Players list, released prior to the start of the season.

Georgia in the Top 25

The Bulldogs come in at #10 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll while picking up a #9 ranking in the USA Softball/ESPN.com Poll.

DiCarlo Leads Active Career Leaders in RBI

Senior Alyssa DiCarlo leads active Division I softball student-athletes with 205 career RBI. In additional categories, she ranks second in home runs (49) and total bases (416). She currently ranks fourth in hits (219) and doubles (42).

Georgia Tabbed Second in SEC Preseason Poll

The Georgia softball team was picked to finish second in the 2019 SEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Bulldogs, who picked up two first-place votes from the league’s head coaches, received 130 points in the poll. The reigning champions, Florida (10 first-place votes), received 142 points and are the preseason favorites in the league.

Chasing 1,000

Currently at 979 program wins, Georgia will look to record the 1,000th victory in program history in this season.

DiCarlo Lands on 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List

Shortstop Alyssa DiCarlo has been named to the 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 watch list. The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, which is entering its 18th season, recognizes outstanding athletic achievement by Division I female collegiate softball players across the country. The Southeastern Conference well represented with 13 student-athletes on the list. As a junior, DiCarlo appeared as a top-25 finalist for the award. In its history, Georgia has had six top-25 finalists for the award. Alisa Goler (2009) is the Bulldogs’ lone top-10 finalist.

DiCarlo Named Preseason All-SEC

The head softball coaches of the SEC voted Georgia shortstop Alyssa DiCarlo to the Preseason All-SEC Team. DiCarlo, a senior from Glendale, Arizona, earned Third Team NFCA All-American status a season ago. As a junior, she knocked 21 home runs, a figured that led the SEC in 2018. She hit .400 as a junior while driving in 67 runs to rank second in the league. DiCarlo scattered 72 total hits and recorded a .498 on base percentage with an .850 slugging percentage, the highest in the SEC.

14 Land on Fall Director of Athletics Honor Roll

A total of 14 Georgia softball student-athlete appeared on the Fall Director of Athletics Honor Roll.  Amanda Ablan was commended for a 4.0 GPA. Mary Wilson Avant, Kylie Bass, Jordan Doggett, Alysen Febrey, and Savana Sikes recorded a Fall GPA of 3.5 or higher. Eight more fell in the 3.0-3.49 GPA range.

2019 Schedule at a Glance

Nine 2018 NCAA Tournament participants appear on Georgia’s 2019 schedule including five Super Regional teams from a season ago. Six teams concluded the season ranked in the Top 25. The 56-game schedule features 37 games at Jack Turner Softball Stadium (25 non-conference, 12 SEC). Southeastern Conference series at home include LSU, Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Ole Miss. The Bulldogs’ SEC slate, set to begin on Mar. 15 at Missouri, includes eight series. Of those eight series, five teams played in a Super Regional last season and six finished the season ranked in the Top 25.

Breaking Down the Roster

Georgia returns all but two position starters from a season ago, losing a pair of mainstays in the outfield. In the circle, the Bulldogs lost two but return five. The Bulldogs have 10 upper classmen including two seniors (Alyssa DiCarlo, Kylie Bass) and eight juniors. The remainder of the roster is made up of eight sophomores and five freshmen. In all, Georgia welcomed eight newcomers to the 2019 roster.

Homegrown Bulldogs

Of the 23 members of this season’s roster, a total of 15 (65 percent) hail from the state of Georgia. In all, the roster is made up of student-athletes from eight states. The only other state producing multiple Bulldogs is Alabama (2).

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