No. 7 UGA To Play Host To MSU
May 5, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. – The seventh-ranked University of Georgia softball team will play host to a Southeastern Conference series with Mississippi State this weekend at Jack Turner Stadium.
Georgia (42-9, 15-8 SEC) and Mississippi State (23-29, 9-16 SEC) will play the three-game series with contests on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET, Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Admission is free and free live video courtesy of GTV will be available for the entire series on www.georgiadogs.com.
Prior to the start of Friday's game, the Bulldogs will present a check Athens Regional Health Services from the funds raised in connection with UGA's Strike Out Cancer promotional event which included the team wearing and auctioning off pink jerseys against Kentucky on April 9.
On Saturday, it will be luau day at UGA with the first 250 kids eighth grand and under receiving a pucker fish Webkinz and all fans receiving lei's while supplies last. Fans will also be able to receive free samples of Smoothie King.
Prior to Saturday's contest, Georgia will hold its senior day honoring the eight seniors on this year's squad: Jennie Auger, Alisa Goler, Brianna Hesson, Sarah McCloud, Katie Murphy, Laura Trout, Taylor Schlopy and Megan Wiggins.
In the latest release of the national poll on Tuesday, Georgia was ranked No. 7 in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll and No. 9 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 poll.
In the all-time UGA-MSU series, the Bulldogs from Starkville hold a slight lead at 21-20 but the Bulldogs from Athens won the two-game series last year at MSU, 3-0 and 7-6.
The SEC regular season will come to a close this weekend, and Georgia currently sits fourth behind Tennessee, Alabama and Florida. The top eight teams in the league advance to the SEC Tournament in Oxford, May 12-14, and those eight teams have been determined but where each team is seeded will come down to this final weekend of competition. Behind Georgia in the current top-eight standings are Kentucky, LSU, Auburn and Mississippi State. Pending the results around the league this weekend, Georgia could finish anywhere between second and sixth.
After hosting MSU, Georgia will conclude its regular season with a double header against Longwood on May 11 just prior to traveling to the SEC Tournament. The Bulldogs and Lancers will play the twin bill at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.