May 2, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 24 University of Georgia softball team will close out the regular season this weekend when it hosts the No. 8/7 LSU Tigers at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs enter the weekend with a record of 35-18 on the season, including a 12-9 mark in the Southeastern Conference. LSU is 40-11 overall and 15-6 in league play.
Friday, May 3
• No. 24 Georgia vs. No. 8/7 LSU - 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 4
• No. 24 Georgia vs. No. 8/7 LSU – 1 p.m.
Sunday, May 5
• No. 24 Georgia vs. No. 8/7LSU – 3 p.m.
• Fans are encouraged to get to the stadium early on Saturday, as seniors Maya Branch, Christine Olney and Tess Sito will be recognized as a part of Senior Day.
• The Bulldogs will do their part to strike out cancer on Sunday by wearing pink game jerseys that will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to the Athens Regional Breast Health Center.
• 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
• Saturday's game will be televised on CSS
• Sunday's game will be televised on ESPN
• Georgia trails LSU 20-30 in the all-time series that dates back to the inaugural season of softball in 1997. The series has been close as of late, with the Bulldogs winning six of the last seven games. Georgia took the first two games last season to win the series.
• Last Season vs. LSU: Georgia and LSU played the longest game in school history in a 15-inning marathon game to open the series last year. The Bulldogs came away with a 1-0 win, setting the tone for the rest of the weekend. Former Bulldog Erin Arevalo threw a complete game, one-hit shutout and struck out a career high 15 in the win to improve to 20-5 on the year. Arevalo took a no-hitter into the bottom of the 10th inning and allowed just three balls into the outfield, two of which were in foul territory. Kristyn Sandberg scored the game’s only run after reaching on a walk and scoring on a two-base error in the top of the 15th.
• Friday Night Lights: Freshman Chelsea Wilkinson proved once again that she enjoys the bright lights of a Friday night start in the SEC. Wilkinson struck out a career-best 14 batters in her complete game performance. She allowed just two runs on five hits. In her last two Friday night starts, both against teams top 15 teams, she has struck out 26 batters and allowed just three runs. For the weekend, Wilkinson Struck out 19 batters.
• Sito: Sito put her senior leadership on display last weekend against Florida, leading the team in nearly every offensive category. Sito hit .375 on the weekend with three hits, including two doubles, two RBI and slugged .625.
• Swafford Scores: Anna Swafford did her job to get aboard for the Bulldogs weekend, recording an on-base percentage of .556. She also came around to score three of Georgia’s five runs on the weekend, including two in Georgia’s 3-2 win on Friday.
• The Road to Lexington: Georgia has clinched a spot in the SEC Tournament in Lexington, Ky. If the tournament began today, Georgia would play as the No. 6 seed, ensuring a first-round bye. The Bulldogs are currently tied with defending national champion Alabama with a 12-9 mark in the SEC. The Crimson Tide own the tie breaker for the No. 5 seed, which is decided by the won-lost record of head-to-head competition between the tied teams.