Georgia will hold its second-annual Strike Out Cancer event on Saturday, April 9.
April 5, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. – The second-ranked University of Georgia softball team continues its current 10-game home stand this week with five Southeastern Conference games as eighth-ranked Tennessee and 18th-ranked Kentucky visit Jack Turner Stadium.
Georgia (32-4, 8-3 SEC) first welcomes Tennessee (29-6, 7-4 SEC) to Athens for a double header on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. CSS will televise both contests with Matt Stewart and Cheri Kempf calling the action.
In the all-time UGA-UT series, the Lady Volunteers lead 27-25. Last year, the two teams played against each other a total of five times. In the regular season series, UT won the opening game in Knoxville, 5-4, but Georgia game back to take games two and three, 10-6 and 7-6 (8). The final two meetings came in the postseason with the Lady Vols winning in the SEC Tournament, 6-5, and at the Women's College World Series, 7-5.
The Georgia-Tennessee twin bill will also be a UGA Student Appreciation Day with the first 200 student receiving free pizza and the chance to register to win a flat screen television, a flip cam and gift cards.
After playing Tennessee, the Bulldogs will turn their attention to the Kentucky Wildcats (25-7, 11-3 SEC) for a three-game series starting on Friday at 6:30 p.m.
In the all-time UGA-UK series, Georgia holds a 40-10 advantage. Last year, the Bulldogs took games one and three of the series in Lexington, 4-2 and 17-5 (5). Kentucky came away victorious in game two, 4-2.
Game two of this year's series with UK will air on ESPNU on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Cara Capuano and Michele Smith providing the commentary.
Saturday's nationally televised contest will also be Georgia's second-annual Strike Out Cancer event. The Bulldogs will wear pink jerseys, and a silent auction for the jerseys will begin when the gates open at Noon. Starting bids are $150.00 and the person with the winning bid must be present and pay on game day (April 9) by cash or check. The silent auction will close at the end of the 3rd inning and winners will be announced in the 4th.
Kentucky will participate in the Strike Out Cancer event by wearing pink belts, socks and helmets, and the first 500 fans will receive pink Georgia softball t-shirts. Additionally, the first 250 youth softball players will receive pink glitter head bands.
Last year, Georgia’s inaugural Strike Out Cancer event raised over $6,500 for the Athens Regional Breast Health Center, who will again be the beneficiary of this year’s donations.
Game three-of the UK series on Sunday will have a 1:30 p.m. first pitch and will conclude the 10-game home stand for the Bulldogs.