March 6, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 23 University of Georgia softball team takes to the road this weekend, traveling to Rock Hill, S.C., to take part in the Winthrop/adidas Invitational March 8-10. The Bulldogs, 12-7 on the year, will take on teams from Delaware State, Winthrop, Kent State, Western Illinois and North Carolina A&T during the three-day event. Georgia is coming off a 5-1 showing last weekend at the Bulldog Invitational, with four wins coming in less than seven innings.
Friday, March 8
No. 24 Georgia vs. Delaware State - 2 p.m.
No. 24 Georgia vs. Winthrop - 4 p.m.
Saturday, March 9
No. 24 Georgia vs. Kent State- 1 p.m.
No. 24 Georgia vs. Western Illinois - 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 10
No. 24 Georgia vs. North Carolina A&T- 1 p.m.
Live stats will be available at www.georgiadogs.com
Video will be available for Georgia's game with Winthrop at www.winthropeagles.com
None of the opponents are new to the Georgia program, with the Bulldogs having faced each school at least once in program history. Winthrop is the most familiar of the teams, as the schools have faced one another 19 times in a series that dates back to 1998. This is also the second meeting between the teams this season, with Georgia taking a 5-3 win during the opening weekend in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs lead the all time series 17-2. Georgia is 3-0 all-time against the Kent State Golden Flashes. The last time the two teams faced one another was in 2008 when Georgia took a 3-1 win. The Bulldogs have seen Western Illinois twice on the diamond. Georgia and the Leathernecks played last year, with Georgia coming away with a 2-0 win. The lone meeting between Georgia and North Carolina A&T came in 2001 when the Bulldogs took an 8-4 win over the Aggies.
Not One but Two Grand Slams: Paige Wilson hit not one, but two grand slams last weekend against Radford. The sophomore becomes just the third player in school history to hit a grand slam and the first since 2011 when Ashley Razey and Alisa Goler each hit two. In Georgia's 11-0 win over Radford, Wilson sent the pitch over the right field wall for her first-career home run. She repeated the hit on Sunday against Radford, sending a pitch to nearly the same spot in Georgia's 12-0 win. Wilson also secured the Bulldog's 10-2, six-inning win over Radford in the first game on Sunday with her two-run blast to right in the sixth inning.
Wilkinson's No Hitter: In her first win of the season, Chelsea Wilkinson threw a complete-game no-hitter in Georgia's 11-0 win over Radford on Sunday, March 3. Wilkinson became the 17th pitcher to throw or combine for a no-hitter. She becomes just the seventh pitcher in program history to throw a no hitter by herself.
Swafford on Fire: Anna Swafford went 9-for-19 last weekend to hit .474 with two home runs, a double and two triples last weekend. She also scored eight runs and drove in five, while slugging 1.053. The home runs, doubles and triples were the firsts of the season for the sophomore. She also played in the outfield and at third and did not commit an error.
Power Hitters: The bats came alive for Georgia, as it hit .378 in six games and slugged at a .727 clip, out scoring its opponents 46-7. Wilson and Swafford each slugged over 1.000 in six games. The Bulldogs also had six different players hit at least one home run, with Wilson leading the way with three. Swafford, Geri Ann Glasco, Kaylee Puailoa, Tess Sito and Tina Iosefa each went yard for the Bulldogs over the weekend. The home runs by Sito and Iosefa were the first of the season for each player.
Sito in the Circle: Sito made her season debut in the circle for the Bulldogs against Radford on March 1. Sito threw three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out six, leading Georgia to an 11-0 win. She also threw two innings against North Dakota State.