The 15th-ranked UGA softball team (39-14, 11-10) wraps up its regular season this weekend at No. 4 Alabama (43-10, 14-7).
Friday’s game is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network+/WatchESPN while Saturday will be featured on ESPN at 12 p.m. ET. Sunday’s 2 p.m. ET finale will be a part of the SEC Network Bases Loaded coverage, as the network will do its whip around coverage of all the league’s final games. Fans can watch the entirety of the game on SEC Network+.
LAST TIME OUT: OLE MISS
Georgia won its third SEC series last weekend, taking two of three from Ole Miss in Athens. The Senior Day weekend was led by the seniors, as Chelsea Wilkinson took a win and a save in the circle, holding a 0.50 ERA with nine strikeouts in 14 innings pitched. At the plate, Tina Iosefa recorded a team-best five hits to go with four RBI. Katie Browne hit her first home run of the year–a grand slam–to put Georgia ahead for good in game three to go with a pickoff and catching a runner stealing.
The underclassmen did their part as well, as Alyssa DiCarlo notched her 10th home run of the year in the series finale while adding five RBI over the three games. Maeve McGuire recoded a team-high three runs while Sydni Emanuel hit .667 for the series.
BROWNE HITS FIRST CAREER GRAND SLAM
With her team down by three, one out on the board and bases loaded, Browne stepped up in a big way, hitting her first home run of the season along with her first career grand slam. The home run over left field gave Georgia the lead it needed to win the series finale against Ole Miss while allowing Browne to set a new career high with four RBI. Browne’s last home run was almost a year ago also against Ole Miss.
The grand slam was the seventh of the year for Georgia, the most since 2005 and the six the team hit in 2011. Along with Browne, Alex Hugo, Kaylee Puailoa and DiCarlo have one each this season while Iosefa has had three.
BULLDOGS RANKING HIGH IN CONFERENCE-ONLY STATS
Entering the last weekend of regular-season action, Georgia sits at the top of many statistical rankings for SEC-only games. The Bulldogs are well at the top for batting average, hitting .326 with a league-best 182 hits and conference-low 81 strikeouts.
Individually, S. Emanuel leads the league with a .514 average and 38 hits in SEC games. DiCarlo is tied at the top with her eight home runs in league games while second with 24 RBI. Hugo has dished out a league-best eight doubles against conference opponents. Wilkinson holds the fourth-best conference ERA at 1.68 with the most innings pitched. She is also fifth with 66 strikeouts and third with eight wins.Brittany Gray is tied at second with three saves in SEC play.
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