April 4, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia softball team is set to host No. 6/5 Tennessee this weekend as it steps back into Southeastern Conference action. Georgia is coming off a 20-1 win over Georgia Tech on Wednesday that saw it improve to 27-10 on the year, including a 6-3 mark in the SEC. Tennessee enters the weekend holding a 31-6 overall record and is 6-3 in the SEC.
Friday, April 5
• Georgia vs. No. 6/5 Tennessee - 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 6
• Georgia vs. No. 6/5 Tennessee - 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 7
• Georgia vs. No. 6/5 Tennessee – 1:07 p.m.
• Live stats will be available at www.georgiadogs.com
• Live audio will be available online through GTV and locally on Fox News 1340 WGAU
• Live video will be available online for free through GTV (Friday and Saturday only)
• Sunday’s game will be televised on Fox SportSouth
• The series between Georgia and Tennessee has been a close one, with the Lady Vols holding a slight 31-29 advantage. The teams split the regular-season series last year in Knoxville, but faced off in the NCAA Knoxville Super Regional. The Lady Vols took the first game of the Super Regional 3-2 before the Bulldogs bounced back for a 1-0 win in the second game. The third game proved just as tight, as Tennessee hung on for a 2-1 win to advance to the NCAA Women’s College World Series.
• Grand Slam: Kaylee Puailoa hit her first career grand slam in Georgia’s 20-1 win over Georgia Tech. After a hit by pitch and a pair of walks, Puailoa belted the home run to left field, putting the Bulldogs up 12-0 after the first inning. The grand slam was the third of the season for Georgia, as Paige Wilson hit a pair of grand slams against Radford earlier this year. Georgia’s record for grand slams in a season was set in 2011 when Alisa Goler and Ashley Razey each hit two. Puailoa became just the fourth player in Georgia history to hit a grand slam. It was also the second time in program history that the Bulldogs hit a grand slam against Georgia Tech.
• Another Olney First: Christine Olney, Georgia’s only four year senior, continued her season of firsts against Georgia Tech. Olney, who recorded her first career home run earlier the year, hit her first home run in Jack Turner Stadium. The two-run blast, which sailed over the right field wall, was a no doubter that scored the last two runs of the game for Georgia.
• Montemayor Throws A Gem: Morgan Montemayor threw a gem against Georgia Tech, striking out seven of the first nine batters she faced. Through the first four batters, she threw 13 pitches, 11 of which went for strikes. In all, she allowed just one run on one hit in four innings of work.
• Wilkinson in Relief: Freshman Chelsea Wilkinson has been brilliant in relief this season for the Bulldogs. In 20 innings of relief work, she has allowed just seven earned runs on 15 hits and struck out 23 batters. She closed the door on Georgia Tech on Wednesday, throwing the final inning, striking out the first two batters she faced before inducing a routine fly out of right field.
• On Deck: The Bulldogs will play a non-conference double header against Western Carolina on Wednesday, April 10 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., before taking to the road for a three-game SEC series against South Carolina in Columbia, S.C., beginning Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game is set to begin at 4 p.m., with the series finale scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday. Gametracker and live audio will be available for all five games next week, with free video scheduled for the non-conference games.