March 11, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 15/17 Georgia softball team is set to host Tennessee State at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, March 12 at the Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. The contest is the final non-conference game before the start of Southeastern Conference play this weekend. Georgia enters Wednesday’s contest with a 21-2 overall record, while Tennessee State is 12-15 on the year.
Wednesday March 12
Georgia vs. Tennessee State – 6 p.m.
Audio: GTV (free)
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This week marks just the second time in school history that Tennessee State and Georgia have faced off on the diamond. Georgia earned an 8-0, five inning win over Tennessee State in 2009.
A GREAT START: At 21-2, Georgia is off to its best start since the 2002 season when it opened with a perfect 24-0 record. It was the second year under Head Coach Lu Harris-Champer and was the first year that the Bulldogs had ever made it to the NCAA Tournament.
WALK OFF FOR WILSON: Junior Paige Wilson sealed Georgia’s come-from-behind win over Purdue on Sunday with a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh. Georgia was down to its last two outs when Samantha LaZear reached on a single to bring Wilson, who was hitless in the game, to the plate. She belted a two-run homer down the right field line to take the win. It marked the first walk off home run in a seven-inning game since Megan Wiggins did it against North Carolina in 2009. It was also the second time in as many weeks that a Georgia player sealed hit a walk off home run, as Bethany Beggs did so on March 2 against UAB in a five-inning win.
OUT SCORING THE COMPETITION: The Bulldog offense has been tremendous over the first 23 games this season. Georgia is hitting .345 as a team and has scored 154 runs, including 32 off by way of the long ball. In comparison, Georgia has limited its opponents to just 38 runs this season. The pitching staff has been stellar, having struck out 173 batters, nearly 100 more than opposing pitchers, and have held opposing hitters to just a .162 average against it.
WILKINSON IN RELIEF: Chelsea Wilkinson was brilliant in relief in Georgia’s 3-2 win over Purdue on Sunday. Wilkinson entered the circle in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and no outs. She promptly struck out the first two batters before inducing a fly out to end the inning without a run scoring. She struck out six of the 10 batters she faced in her three-innings of work to get the win to improve to 11-2 on the year.
SWAFFORD: Anna Swafford is off to an incredible start for her junior season. She is hitting .433 for the year and is near the top of the leader board in nearly everyone offensive category. She has scored a team-best 23 runs, hit five doubles and four home runs this season. She has also been hit by a pitch nine times. Against Purdue on Sunday, Swafford belted two doubles, setting a career-best for doubles in a game.