April 16, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia softball team steps returns home to Jack Turner Stadium on Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m., when it hosts USC Upstate for a midweek nonconference game. The Bulldogs are coming off a series win over South Carolina that saw them improve to 31-14 on the season. USC Upstate enters the contest with a 35-5 record. Both teams are receiving votes in each of the latest national softball polls.
Wednesday, April 17
• Georgia vs. USC Upstate – 6 p.m.
• Live stats will be available at www.georgiadogs.com
• Live audio for will be available online through GTV and locally on Fox News 1340 WGAU
• Live video for will be available for free online through GTV
• For the fourth game in a row, the Bulldogs are playing a team from South Carolina. Georgia is a perfect 2-0 against USC Upstate, taking the last meeting 7-3 last year. In all the Bulldogs are 4-1 against teams from South Carolina this season.
• Wilkinson Shines in the Circle: Freshman Chelsea Wilkinson turned one of the best pitching performances by a Bulldog this season in the 2-0 win over South Carolina in the rubber game. Wilkinson threw a complete-game shutout and tied her career-best with six strikeouts. She threw five, 1-2-3 innings for Georgia and retired the final 14 batters in order. She also did her part offensively, delivering a two-out double in the top of the fifth. It was the first hit of her career.
• Georgia Surpasses 2012 Run Total: The Bulldogs have found a way to score runs this season. In the 62 games that the Bulldogs played in last year, Georgia scored 303 runs. This season the Bulldogs have put up 324 runs. Georgia is on pace to eclipse over 400 runs this season.
• More on the Home Run: Georgia has four of the top home run hitters in the conference. Led by Geri Ann Glasco with a SEC-best 17, Kaylee Puailoa is second with 14 homers on the year. Tina Iosefa comes in ranked fifth with 13 home runs, while Paige Wilson has hit 11 this season. The team is also on its way to setting the regular-season home run record. The 2010 squad hit 81 home runs in the regular season, only three more than this current team has. The program record for home runs in a season is 99, also set by the 2010 team that made it to the Women’s College World Series Final Four and played in 63 during the season.
• Double Play: Georgia turned five double plays in five games last week, including two against South Carolina. For the season, Georgia has turned 14 double plays.
• On Deck: The Bulldogs continue their home stand when they take on No. 13 Texas A&M in a three-game Southeastern Conference match up this weekend.