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UGA Softball Advances to Super Regional After Sweeping Regional

Will Morrison

UGA Softball entered the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament coming off a disappointing performance in the SEC Tournament, but they made a statement. Georgia hosted a regional in Athens as the #14 ranked seed in the tournament and went through Virginia Tech, Boston University, and North Carolina Central to advance. 

The first game for Georgia was against North Carolina Central, and the Eagles didn't stand a chance after the Bulldogs put up 12 runs in the home half of the first inning. Seven of the twelve runs for the Dawgs were scored by a Sydney Chambley grand slam and a three-run homer from Dallis Goodnight. The pitching was stellar for UGA in this one as they pitched a combined no-hitter, which is the third time in Georgia history they've done that in the NCAA Tournament. The game was called for a mercy rule in the 5th inning, with the final score being 12-0. Game two for UGA was against Virginia Tech, and they only outhit the Hokies by one, but Georgia's balls were leaving the yard as Jaydyn Goodwin, Sydney Chambley, Jayda Kearney, and Sara Mosley all hit homers. Madison Kerpics was on the mound in this one, and she went 5.0 IP allowing 2 runs on 4 hits before being pulled for Shelby Walters, who closed the game out. The Bulldogs went on to win this game 8-3, and with that win, Tony Baldwin and his team were in the regional final.

The girls started game three where they left off, putting up 5 first inning runs against Virginia Tech. The Dawgs had put up 8 runs before the Hokies could plate two runs in the 4th inning to make the score 8-2. Shelby Walters pitched this game for the Dawgs, and she went 6.0 innings allowing only 5 hits and 3 runs. Georgia pushed 4 more runs across in the 6th inning to extend their lead to 12-2. The story for the Bulldogs in this one was the long ball, as Jaydyn Goodwin, Lyndi-Rae Davis, and Sydney Chambley all hit homers. Virginia Tech hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 6th, but it wasn't enough, as Georgia won this game 12-3. 

Georgia swept their regional and they will now travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State. The Seminoles are ACC Champions and the #3 seed in the tournament. It will be a best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to the Woman's College World Series in Oklahoma City. This will be a great showcase for both programs as the Dawgs and Noles will be in primetime on ESPN 2 in consecutive evenings. 

Game 1: Thursday, May 25th at 7:00pm EST on ESPN 2

Game 2: Friday, May 26th at 8:00pm EST on ESPN 2 

Game 3 will be on Saturday, May 27th if necessary with the time of the first pitch to be announced later. 

Stay tuned to DawgsCentral for all things UGA Sports. 

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