Tony Baldwin and his UGA Softball team entered a three-game series with #15 LSU in Baton Rouge on a six-game winning streak but unfortunately couldn't keep it alive.
The Dawgs dropped two games out of three during the weekend. Georgia did win game one of the series 3-1, highlighted by a 3rd inning Sara Mosley home run, and then Dallis Goodnight and Jaiden Fields knocked in one run each in the 4th inning. Madison Kerpics was excellent on the mound allowing only one run through 6.2 innings pitched before Shelby Walters came in and got the last out of the game. The Tigers pitching staff was phenomenal for the rest of this series, as they only allowed a high-powered UGA offense to score 2 runs over the remaining two games. Game two was a low-scoring pitcher dual that the Bulldogs found themselves on the losing end of 2-1, the lone run coming from a Sydney Kuma homer in the 7th inning. In the series' last game, the Tigers got hot and didn't look back as they won 9-1 and outhit UGA 12-6. Georgia's only run of the game came in the first inning after a wild pitch scored Dallis Goodnight. The usual ace we see in Madison Kerpics wasn't there in this game, as she allowed 6 runs in 4.0 innings before being relieved by Kylie Macy.
Georgia finished the regular season with a 39-12 overall record and a 16-7 SEC record and now enters postseason play. UGA's regular season play awarded them the #2 seed in the SEC Tournament that takes place this week. They will face the winner of #7 Texas A&M and #10 South Carolina on Thursday at 1:00 PM EST on the SEC Network.
The Diamond Dawgs have had a rather disappointing year so far but came to life in this 3-game series against #18 Tennesee at Foley Field. Game one of this series was one to forget for Scott Stricklin and his team as they were blown out 12-3 and were also outhit 14-10 and had 3 errors. The Volunteers three homers only accounted for 4 of the 12 runs. The UT bats were hot and they kept the line moving.
The second game was all UGA. The Dawgs won 3-1 following 2 RBIs from Connor Tate and a 5th-inning home run from freshman phenom Charlie Condon. The starter for the Bulldogs was Jarvis Evans, and he went 5.1 IP allowing only 3 hits and striking out 7 batters but was pulled after walking in a run for Tennessee. It was then handed over to the bullpen, and they were lights out, only allowing 4 hits over the remaining 3.2 innings, which secured a 3-1 victory.
Game 3 started hot for Georgia, with Ben Anderson leading off the game with a solo shot to left field and plating one more run after a single from Parks Harper. Dwight Allen then singled in the 2nd inning to give Georgia an early lead over the Vols. Both teams got a run in the third following an RBI single from Tennessee and a homer from Charlie Condon. The Vols got to the UGA starter as they pushed across 3 runs to tie the game at 4 in the 4th inning. After that, it was all Dawgs as they lit up Tennessee for 4 runs in the 5th inning, highlighted by two 2-run homers from Charlie Condon and Parks Harber to put Georgia up 8-4. The Bulldogs plated one more run in the 8th following an RBI single from Ben Anderson, and the bullpen did their job and secured a 9-4 victory.
UGA's record in the season so far is not great, as they sit at 27-21 overall and 10-14 in the SEC. Picking up a series win over a ranked Tennessee team will hopefully get this team going, and they can make a run in the SEC Tournament. However, with the place they sit now, they need to close the season strong if they want a chance to make the NCAA Tournament. While the record isn't great, one bright spot for this team has been Charlie Condon, as he's batting an outstanding .410 and has an OPS of 1.352. Condon also leads the team in homers (22), RBIs (61) and is second in hits with 73. He also broke the UGA freshman HR record (21) and tied the SEC freshman home run record (22). With 8 games remaining in the regular season, he has a good chance of breaking that record.
The Dawgs take the diamond again for a three-game series against Missouri in Columbia, with game one set for Friday at 7:00 PM.
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