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SB: Georgia Opens SEC Play Today – South Carolina Series Preview

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Dates: Mar. 6-8, 2020
First Pitch: Friday – 6 p.m. / Saturday – 2 p.m. / Sunday – 2 p.m.
Location: Athens, Ga.
Stadium: Jack Turner Stadium
Admission: FREE

Media Information
Streaming: SEC Network+
Play-by-play: Kaleb Frady
Analyst: Karlie Smith
Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com
Audio: Mixlr
Twitter Updates: @UGAsoftball

Complete Game Notes Attached

The 13th-ranked Georgia softball team begins Southeastern Conference play this weekend when #15 South Carolina comes to Athens. First pitch of SEC play Friday is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s games will begin at 2 p.m. at Jack Turner Stadium.

This Weekend’s Promotions
» Admission to every home regular season Georgia softball game is FREE
» Saturday – post-game autographs with select Georgia softball student-athletes
» Sunday – Dad & Daughter Day #1 – t-shirts, lunch, and a pre-game experience for preregistered dads and daughters

Follow the Bulldogs
» This weekend’s games will stream live on SEC Network+. Kaleb Frady will call play-by-play while Karlie Smith will provide color analysis.
» Friday’s game can be heard on Mixlr. Audio streaming links can be found on the softball schedule at GeorgiaDogs.com.
» Live stats will be available for all games. Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule at GeorgiaDogs.com.
» Live Twitter updates will be available at the official Twitter page of Georgia softball, @UGAsoftball.

Sydney Kuma
Sydney Kuma

BULLDOGS BULLETIN
Series History
» Georgia leads the all-time series 39-30
» In Athens, Georgia leads the series 21-8; the last series in Athens was 2017, South Carolina took two of three games
» The series is split 5-5 in the last 10 meetings
» Georgia won last season’s series in Columbia. South Carolina won the first game in 11 innings then Georgia tied the series on Saturday in an eight-inning thriller, then Georgia took the series on Sunday, 3-2

Looking Back
The Bulldogs concluded a 5-0 weekend at home in the Bulldog Classic. Senior Mary Wilson Avant was stellar in the circle, going 3-0 and allowing just three hits in 18 shutout innings. In all, the pitching staff allowed only four runs in five games. Georgia recorded shutouts of Eastern Illinois, Boston College, and Western Carolina. Freshman Sydney Kuma hit .583 with five doubles and five RBI to lead the offense. Georgia shutout

A Look at What’s Ahead
Georgia hosts Furman in a doubleheader on Wednesday. First pitch of the twin bill is set for 3:30 p.m. at Jack Turner Stadium. Hot dogs will be available at the concession stands for $1. The Bulldogs then trek to Arkansas for a three-game series next weekend.

Avant Pitches Lights Out in Bulldog Classic
Senior Mary Wilson Avant had a terrific weekend in the circle during the Bulldog Classic Feb. 28-Mar. 1. She finished 3-0 in the circle, allowing just three hits in 18 shutout innings. She worked back-to-back seven-inning, complete-game shutouts against Eastern Illinois and Boston College, becoming the first Bulldog to do so since Erin Arevalo in 2012. In the win over EIU, she recorded a new career-best 15 strikeouts, the first Bulldog to hit that mark since Chelsea Wilkinson against Western Kentucky in 2015. In the weekend finale against Western Carolina, she combined with fellow senior Amanda Ablan to no-hit the Catamounts. She concluded the weekend with 33 strikeouts.

Pitching Staff Locks In
With three shutouts over the weekend in the Bulldog Classic, Georgia moves into first in the nation with nine shutouts this season, tied with SEC foe LSU. Georgia ranks in the top-20 statically in ERA (1.82), and strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.64). Individually, Lauren Mathis ranks fourth in the country (first in the SEC) with 12.7 strikeouts per seven innings while Mary Wilson Avant ranks 15th. Avant (94) and Mathis (78) rank one and two in the SEC in total strikeouts.

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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.