March 6, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 18/19 Georgia softball team is set to host the UGA Softball Invitational this weekend, March 7-9, at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs will host Tennessee Tech (7-11), Kent State (8-4) and Purdue (6-11-1) during the three-day tournament. Georgia enters the weekend boasting a 16-2 record.
Friday, March 7
Georgia vs. Tennessee Tech - 3 p.m.
Georgia vs. Kent State – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 8
Georgia vs. Kent State – 12:30 p.m.
Georgia vs. Purdue – 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 9
Georgia vs. Purdue – 11:30 a.m.
GEORGIA vs. THE FIELD: Georgia owns a 10-1 record against the field of the UGA Softball Invitational. The Bulldogs are undefeated against both Kent State and Purdue and are 2-1 versus Tennessee Tech. Georgia took on Kent State last year and defeated it 8-1 in the Winthrop/ADIDAS Invitational. The last meeting between Tennessee Tech and the Bulldogs was in 2012 when Georgia came away with a 6-1 win. The only loss to Tennessee Tech was the first meeting between the two teams in 2000. Georgia is a perfect 4-0 against Purdue, however the teams have not faced on another since the 2006 season when Georgia won 6-2. The series with Purdue dates back to 1998, the second year that Georgia fielded a softball team.
WALK OFF FOR BEGGS: Sophomore Bethany Beggs hit her first walk off home run in Georgia’s 10-1 win over UAB on Sunday. Beggs, a transfer from Lander, blasted a two-run home run over the left center field wall to seal Georgia’s five-inning win. The homer was third of her career as a Bulldog and was the first walk-off, run-rule home run since Kaylee Puailoa hit one against Ole Miss on March 23, 2013.
NINE OF 16: The Georgia pitching staff has been nothing short of spectacular this season. Nine of Georgia’s 16 wins have come by way of the shutout. Six of the nine shutouts have been complete game shutouts, with Chelsea Wilkinson throwing a team best four complete-game shutouts. Geri Ann Glasco has two complete-game shutouts on the year. The duo, along with Bekah Farris, has also combined for three more shutouts this season.
HUGO AT THE PLATE: Alex Hugo raised her batting average nearly 100 points last weekend. Entering last weekend, Hugo was hitting .299 on the year. The sophomore transfer registered a .600 batting average through five games, giving her a season average of .340. Last weekend, she went 9-for-15 with six RBI and scored seven runs. More impressive is that she slugged 1.333, with five of her nine hits going for extra bases, including three home runs.