No. 15/17 Georgia To Open SEC Play Against Mississippi State

March 13, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 15/17 Georgia softball team is set to open its Southeastern Conference slate against Mississippi State this weekend, March 14-16, at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. Georgia enters the weekend with a 22-2 record, while Mississippi State is 21-5 on the year and 1-2 in SEC play. 

Game Information
Friday, March 14
Georgia vs. Mississippi State - 6 p.m.
Audio: GTV
Video: GTV 

The Last Meeting
Georgia5
Mississippi State0
March 11, 2012
Starkville, Miss.
No. 7 Georgia Shuts Out Mississippi State 5-0
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The seventh-ranked University of Georgia softball team recorded its second shutout in as many days as it defeated Mississippi State 5-0 in Starkville, Miss. The Bulldogs took the series from MSU and improved to 21-3 overall and 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State dropped 15-9 on the season and 1-3 in league play.

Saturday, March 15
Georgia vs. Mississippi State - 2 p.m.
Audio: GTV
Video: GTV 

Sunday, March 16
Georgia vs. Mississippi State - 1 p.m.
Audio: GTV
Video: Fox SportSouth 

Series:
GEORGIA vs. MISSISSIPPI STATE: Georgia owns a slight 24-23 lead over Mississippi State in the all-time series that dates back to 1997. The last time the teams met was in 2012 when Georgia came away with a 5-0 win. Georgia took the series that year, winning two of the three games that were played. In both wins, Georgia recorded a shutout. 

Notes
IN SEC OPENERS: Georgia is 9-8 all-time in SEC openers and is 7-6 in conference openers under Head Coach Lu Harris-Champer. Georgia has opened SEC play with Mississippi State just three times since 1997, with Mississippi State winning two of those times. The last time Georgia hosted Mississippi State in the SEC opener was in 2004.

11 of 12: In addition to its 22-2 overall record, the Bulldogs have now won 11 of its last 12 games this season. The only blemish was a loss to UAB. Since the loss, the Bulldogs have won seven straight. 

WILKINSON WITH THE K: Chelsea Wilkinson recorded 11 strikeouts against Tennessee State on Wednesday. With those 11 Ks, she passed her season total of strikeouts from a year ago. Wilkinson struck out 112 batters last season and has already recorded 115 before the start of Southeastern Conference play. 

SEEING DOUBLE: Kaylee Puailoa set a new career-best for doubles in a game when she hit two doubles against Tennessee State on Tuesday. Puailoa went 3-for-3 in the game with two doubles, two RBI and a scored run. Her first double of the day helped break the game open, as it scored two runs for the Bulldogs.

LEADOFF: Georgia put its leadoff batter on in five of the six innings it played on Wednesday against Tennessee State. Each of the leadoff hits were singles until the bottom of the sixth when Puailoa hit a leadoff double.

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