It’s Bulldogs versus Hogs as the Georgia women’s softball team kicks off a three-game weekend series with Arkansas this evening at 7:30 p.m. in Fayetteville that will mark their regular season finale before the SEC Tournament next week.
Friday’s game coverage will begin with the SEC Network’s “Bases Loaded” coverage, as the three-hour show will swing through all seven games featuring every SEC team. Fans can watch the entirety of that game on SECNetwork+/WatchESPN. Game two of the series will be on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and the finale, game three, will be on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Both Saturday’s and Sunday’s games will also be on SECNetwork+/WatchESPN.
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LOOKING BACK ON THE SERIES AGAINST SOUTH CAROLINA
Georgia outhit South Carolina for the series, but errors proved costly, as the Gamecocks secured the series for the second-straight year. The Bulldogs finished the weekend with 27 hits, as Cortni Emanuel led the team with five after putting up four in game one. Alyssa DiCarlo guided Georgia to a walk-off win with a single to score Sydni Emanuel in game two. S. Emanuel was 3-for-3 at the plate in the game while a walk set up her winning run. In the circle, Kylie Bass was effective for the Bulldogs, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out 11 in 12.1 innings pitched.
DICARLO WITH DOUBLE-DIGIT HOME RUNS
With her game-ending home run against Georgia State, Alyssa DiCarlo tied her season total from last season with 11 home runs on the year. The Arizona native is third in the league with her double-digit number while second with 58 RBI. Last year, she led all freshmen while ranking 15th in the nation with 63 RBI. DiCarlo along with Florida State’s Jessica Warren are the only two returning players that rank in the top 15 nationally last year as well as this year, as both are currently in the top 10 of the stat.
GEORGIA COMES IN AT 27 IN NCAA RPI
Georgia jumped up a spot in this week’s NCAA RPI to 27. The Bulldogs are 14-20 against the top 100 while 20-20 extending it to the top 150. The team’s conference RPI is the best in the nation while Georgia’s non-conference RPI is 23rd with Georgia holding a 27-3 mark. The Bulldog’s last opponent of the regular season, Arkansas, comes in at No. 29 in the RPI.
BULLDOGS SEE FAMILIAR FACE IN YOLANDA MCRAE
Georgia will see a familiar face in the opposite dugout, as former player and coach Yolanda McRae is an assistant with the Razorbacks. McRae spent the 2006 and 2014 seasons as a volunteer assistant at Georgia. During the 2006 season, the Bulldogs won the SEC East title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In her second coaching stint in Athens, McRae helped Georgia to the 2014 SEC Tournament title and an appearance in the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament. McRae was an outfielder for the Bulldogs in 2003 and was part of the program’s first-ever SEC regular-season title.
As hard as the Bulldogs work on the field, they work just as hard in the classroom. Georgia will have eight current and former student-athletes receiving their degrees. Though unable to attend the ceremony since the team is in Fayetteville on Friday night, Bekah Farris, Maeve McGuire and Kayleigh Medlin are set to graduate. Many of last season’s seniors are finishing as well, including Alex Hugo, Tina Iosefa, Samantha LaZear, Kaylee Puailoa and Chelsea Wilkinson.