SB PHOTOS: Alyssa DiCarlo Sets Another Record in Loss To Texas A&M

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SB PHOTOS: Alyssa DiCarlo Sets Another Record in Loss To Texas A&M

Alyssa DiCarlo
Alyssa DiCarlo

The 12th- ranked University of Georgia softball team closed out the weekend falling to Texas A&M, 5-3, at Jack Turner Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

In the 41st game of the season, senior Alyssa DiCarlo hit her 20th home run of the season claiming the title of the fastest Bulldog to hit 20 home runs in a season. DiCarlo beat former Bulldog Alisa Goler who held the record since 2009. With her first-inning home run, DiCarlo also broke Georgia’s career extra-base hits record previously held by Megan Wiggins (2008-11). It was career extra-base hit number 122 (53 doubles, 4 triples, 65 home runs). 

Junior pitcher Mary Wilson Avant allowed one earned run, only three hits in four complete innings of work in her start, suffering a no-decision. Junior Kylie Bass (7-2) suffered the loss, allowing three runs in one complete inning. Amanda Ablan pitched the final two scoreless innings.

Alyssa DiCarlo
Alyssa DiCarlo

“I thought Mary Wilson gave us a really good start and I thought Amanda came in at the end for some shut down innings, and I think she did a great job,” Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer said. “The defense made some really good plays, particularly Alyssa made some really beautiful plays and then just her offense was just outstanding. She got two RBI and Jordan Dogget got an RBI, so I was proud of those two for stepping up. 

“But also, just really proud of Alyssa and what she’s done for Georgia, you know she broke the extra-base hits record today that was held by Wiggins, which she is a phenomenal hitter herself, and also just proud of her for being the fastest Georgia Bulldog to get to 20 home runs in a season—phenomenal athlete.”
Georgia started strong with an error to put freshman CJ Landrum on base quickly followed by DiCarlo’s record-setting home run to put the Bulldogs up 2-0 over the Aggies in the opening frame. 

In the top of the second inning, the Aggies answered with two runs to tie it at 2-2. Doggett put Georgia back in the lead with an RBI sending junior Justice Milz home. The Bulldogs ended the inning with a narrow lead of 3-2.
After a single and double from the Aggies, Texas A&M led the Bulldogs, 5-3, in the top of the sixth. Georgia switched up pitchers sending Ablan to the circle. Ablan retired the next three to work out of the jam. 

Alyssa DiCarlo
Alyssa DiCarlo

Headed into the final inning, Georgia trailed, 5-3. The game concluded with a pop fly to the right field to secure Texas A&M with the victory.

The Bulldogs take competition on the road travelling to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to compete against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The three-game series will begin on Saturday, April 12, at 12 p.m., ET, on ESPN2. 

Harris-Champer added, “well I am glad we have a good week to get in a lot of good work. We have some work that we can get in here and get after. You know going out to Alabama and playing it is always a lot of competition and a lot of fun.” 

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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.