SOFTBALL: UGA Opens Athens Regional vs. Western Kentucky Today

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SOFTBALL: UGA Opens Athens Regional vs. Western Kentucky Today

Lacey Fincher and Sara Mosley
Lacey Fincher and Sara Mosley

Georgia (29-21) 
vs. Western Kentucky (31-13)
Dates: May 21-23, 2021
Location: Athens, Ga.
Stadium: Jack Turner Stadium

Participating Teams: 
No. 13 Duke (42-10)
Georgia (29-21)
Western Kentucky (31-13)
UNCG (34-15)





Regional Schedule: 
Game 1 – No. 13 Duke vs. UNCG – 12 p.m., ET (ACC Network)
Game 2 – Georgia vs. Western Kentucky – 2:30 p.m., ET (ESPN 3)
Game 3 – Winners of Game 1 and 2 – 12 p.m., ET
Game 4 – Losers of Game 1 and 2 – 2:30 p.m.
Game 5 – Winner of Game 4 and Loser of Game 3 – 5 p.m., ET
Game 6 – Winners of Game 3 and 5 – 12 p.m., ET
Game 7 – (if necessary) – 2:30 p.m.

Georgia softball is set to make its 19th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend. The Bulldogs will host the Athens Regional at Jack Turner Stadium, playing host to national seed Duke, Western Kentucky, and UNCG. 

The Bulldogs will play Western Kentucky in the opening round Friday at 2:30 p.m., ET. No.13 Duke will take on UNCG will open the regional at noon Friday.





Follow the Bulldogs
» Friday’s Georgia game against Western Kentucky will stream on ESPN 3. The Duke and UNCG game will air on ACC Network. Alex Perlman (play-by-play) and Francesca Enea (analysis) will be on the call for the Athens Regional. 
» TV networks and streaming platforms will be determined as the weekend progresses. 
» All games of the Athens Regional can be streamed on the ESPN app. 
» Live stat links can be found on the softball schedule at as well as the interactive bracket on
» Live Twitter updates will be available at the official Twitter page of Georgia softball, @UGAsoftball.

Series Histories
» Duke and Georgia have never played each other on the softball field
Western Kentucky
» Georgia leads the all-time series 5-1
» All six meetings have been in Athens
» The last time these teams met was in the 2015 Athens Regional. WKU won the opening game in 14 innings. The Bulldogs turned around and run-ruled WKU twice to win the regional and advance to the Ann Arbor Super Regional. 
» Georgia leads the all-time series 6-0
» All six meetings have been in Athens
» The Bulldogs and Spartans last met twice in the Bulldog Classic in 2018

A Look at What’s Ahead
The winner of the Athens Regional will advance to play the winner of the Gainesville Regional hosted by No. 4 Florida. The Gators will be hosting Baylor, South Alabama, and USF this weekend. 

NCAA Tournament Tidbits
» 2021 will be Georgia’s 19th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance
» Georgia’s all-time record in postseason is 69-39 including 52-19 in regional play
» Jack Turner Stadium will host its 11th NCAA Regional. Athens has hosted five Super Regionals, most recently 2018
» As a team, Georgia has advanced to 10 Super Regionals and four Women’s College World Series, most recently 2018. Georgia has never advanced to a Super Regional when it wasn’t a national seed (national seeding began in 2007) 
» In Athens, Georgia is 40-11 in postseason play; the Bulldogs swept their way to Oklahoma City in 2018, defeating Harvard, Northwestern, and No. 10 Tennessee in Athens. The last postseason loss in Athens was May 22, 2016 against Oklahoma State
» Western Kentucky is the lone team in the regional Georgia has ever met in the postseason. WKU came to Athens in 2015. The Hilltoppers took the opening game in 14 innings but Georgia came back to run-rule WKU twice to win the regional. 
» Georgia has played the No. 13 national seed only twice in postseason play. 13th-seeded Baylor defeated the Bulldogs twice in the 2014 Athens Super Regional. 
» In her 25-year career, head coach Lu Harris-Champer has taken teams to 23 regional appearances, advancing to 12 Super Regionals and six Women’s College World Series





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