#6/8 Georgia (40-7, 13-5) vs. #17/18 Alabama (28-15, 8-10)
Dates: Apr. 27-29, 2018
Times: 6/6/2 p.m., EDT
Location: Athens, Ga.
Stadium: Jack Turner Stadium
TV: SEC Network (Saturday)
Play-by-play: Kevin Brown
Analysis: Erin Miller
Streaming Video: SEC Network+
Play-by-play: Kaleb Frady
Analysis: Kristina Wyatt
Radio: WUOG 90.5 FM / WUOG.org (Friday, Sunday)
Play-by-play: Myan Patel
Live Stats: GeorgiaDogs.com
Twitter Updates: @UGAsoftball
#6/8 Georgia will play host to #17/18 Alabama this weekend in the final home series of the regular season. The three-game set begins Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday’s 6 p.m. game will air on the SEC Network. The regular-season home finale is Sunday at 2 p.m. at Jack Turner Stadium.
Follow the Bulldogs
» This weekend’s series will stream live on the SEC Network+. Kaleb Frady will provide play-by-play while Kristina Wyatt will be the color analyst.
» Saturday’s game will air nationally on the SEC Network. Kevin Brown will provide play-by-play while Erin Miller will be the color analyst.
» Friday and Sunday’s games will be broadcast on WUOG 90.5 FM and WUOG.org. Myan Patel will be on the call. » Live stats will be available. Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule at GeorgiaDogs.com.
» Live Twitter updates will be available all season long at @UGAsoftball.
This Weekend’s Promotions
» Admission to every home Georgia softball game is FREE
» Shuttles to additional parking will be available, free of charge
» Saturday, Apr. 28
– Senior Day, 20 minutes before game time
– Pink Game: First 250 fans receive a pink t-shirt with a $5 donation and silent auction
– Postgame Autographs
» Sunday, Apr. 29
– Father Daughter Day
Georgia trails 18-41
» Georgia trails in Athens, 10-15
» Alabama has won the last 10 series; Georgia last won the series in 2005 in Athens
» Last meeting was in Tuscaloosa in 2016; the Crimson Tide won the first two games, Georgia salvaged a game three, 9-5
A Look Back
Georgia completed its sixth SEC series win over the weekend, taking two-of-three at #18 Kentucky. Mary Wilson Avant and the Bulldogs shut out the Wildcats in game one, 1-0. Kentucky fired up the offense in game two, defeating Georgia 4-2. In the rubber game on Sunday, the Bulldogs scored three seventh-inning runs to defeat UK, 3-1. The comeback win is the fourth this season when Georgia has trailed after seven innings.
A Look Ahead
The regular season will wrap up May 4-6 at Ole Miss. The final series of the season begins Friday at 7 p.m., EDT, followed by a 5 p.m. first pitch on Saturday with the regular-season finale set for 2 p.m. Sunday. Georgia will then set its sights on the SEC Tournament in Columbia, Missouri May 9-12.
Georgia in the Top 25
The Bulldogs stayed at #6 in the week 11 USA Today/NFCA Coaches Poll. Georgia dropped to #8 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll.
In the latest RPI, Georgia comes in at number 7, the second highest-ranked SEC team behind Florida (5).
Emanuel, DiCarlo Names Top 25 Finalists for USA Softball Player of the Year
Cortni Emanuel and Alyssa DiCarlo were named two of 25 finalists for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. 2018 is the second time Georgia has landed two on the finalist list, the other being 2015 (Alex Hugo, Paige Wilson). Georgia has had six top-25 finalists for the award in the program’s history. Alisa Goler (2009) is Georgia’s lone top-10 finalist. The 2018 season is Emanuel’s second-straight season on the list.
Avant Named SEC Pitcher of the Week
Sophomore Mary Wilson Avant was named this week’s SEC Pitcher of the Week. Avant was a perfect 3-0 in the circle last week, allowing just one run in 18 innings of work. She combined for the shutout of USC Upstate then followed with a complete-game shutout of Kentucky in game one Friday, striking out a season-high eight batters. She worked another complete game Sunday against the Wildcats, allowing no walks. The honor is the first of the Macon, Georgia native’s career.
Gray, Emanuel Selected in NPF Draft
Seniors Brittany Gray and Cortni Emanuel were drafted in the 2018 National Pro Fastpitch Draft Monday evening. Gray was selected by the Beijing Shougang Eagles as the 14th pick while Emanuel was selected as the 23rd pick by the USSSA Pride.
Gray and Emanuel become the 12th and 13th Georgia Bulldogs to be drafted in the NPF. Gray is the highest pick out of Georgia since Chelsea Wilkenson was taken as the 14th pick in 2016. 2016 was also the last time Georgia had two student-athletes drafted in the same year.
Shout-outs for Shutouts
The Georgia pitching staff has recorded 21 shutouts in 2018. UGA’s record for shutouts in a season is 33 set in 2003. Georgia’s 20 shutouts ranks tied for fifth-most all time. UGA had 20 in 2009 and 2015.
The Bulldogs recorded six-consecutive shutouts from Feb. 17-24, tying a program record set twice, first in 2003 then again in 2016.