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    From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Ga. --- The Bulldog bats got off to a hot start, as the offense guided the No. 22 Georgia softball team (30-15) to an 11-1 win in five innings against Georgia State (28-17) on Wednesday evening.   Georgia totaled 14 hits on the night with five Bulldogs notching two hits apiece. Alyssa DiCarlo collected four RBI on her two hits, including a three-run home run to bring in the game-ending runs. Along with DiCarlo, Cortni Emanuel and Alysen Febrey each scored twice in the contest.   Amanda Ablan (1-1) earned the first win of her collegiate career, going the first three innings with two hits, including a solo home run for GSU’s only score. The Georgia native walked three while striking out five. Kylie Bass closed it out, going two scoreless frames with two hits and a strikeout.   A two-out home run from GSU in the opening inning was quickly erased, as a six-run first for Georgia put the Bulldogs ahead for good. Georgia capitalized on eight hits and two errors in the frame.   Two more came in the second after Lacey Sumerlin roped a double to left center. After Febrey walked, a hit and error in Brea Dickey’s at-bat let Sumerlin score before an RBI single from Jordan Doggett made it an 8-1 ballgame.   DiCarlo closed out the contest in the fifth, as Ciara Bryan reached on a single to right before C. Emanuel got on via an error, setting up the game’s final runs with DiCarlo’s 11th home run of the season.   Georgia travels to No. 4 Texas A&M this weekend, taking on the Aggies starting Friday. The opening and closing game will be on SEC Network+/WatchESPN while Saturday’s contest will be featured on ESPN2.
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Ga. --- A four-run sixth inning propelled the No. 19 Georgia softball team (28-13) to a 7-2 victory over Georgia Tech (12-28) on Wednesday night at Jack Turner Stadium, making it the ninth straight win over the in-state rival.   Up 3-2 going into the sixth, an Alyssa DiCarlo single followed by walks to Lacey Sumerlin and Brea Dickey loaded the bases for Kendall Burton to earn an RBI the hard way with a hit by pitch. Alysen Febrey then notched her third hit of the night to allow two to score before Jordan Doggett wrapped up the 7-2 win with an RBI single.   Febrey was 3-for-3 on the night, as Georgia took 10 hits off of Yellow Jacket pitcher Emily Anderson (4-10). Cortni Emanuel and DiCarlo each notched two hits apiece.   Kylie Bass (6-0) posted her second complete game of the year, allowing four hits and one earned run while striking out a season-high seven batters.   GT reached the scoreboard first with a bases-loaded passed ball to go up in the second. Georgia went up 2-1 in the third with Sydni Emanuel tabbing an RBI hit while Sumerlin put a sacrifice fly to left field. The Jackets responded in the next frame with a run from a bases-loaded walk to tie it up.   Maeve McGuire put Georgia ahead for good, as the first pitch she saw in the fourth went over the centerfield wall, her fourth home run of the season.   The Bulldogs jump back into SEC play, as they host the Bulldogs of Mississippi State in a three-game conference series starting on Friday at 6 p.m. ET. All games will be featured on SEC Network+/WatchESPN.
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 16 Georgia softball team (27-7) shut out Georgia Southern (15-16) in a midweek tilt after taking the 8-0 win in six innings on Wednesday at Jack Turner Stadium.   Sydni Emanuel paced the offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI. Alyssa DiCarlo and Alysen Febrey each totaled a pair of RBI apiece. Georgia collected eight hits on the night, as Eagles’ pitcher Dixie Raley (9-11) took the loss after throwing 5.1 innings with six hits and six runs allowed.   Brittany Gray (17-4) threw the complete-game shutout, the fifth of her career and third of the season. The junior gave up five hits while walking three and striking out three. Georgia Southern put a runner in scoring position in each of the first three frames before Gray and the defense sat the Eagles down in order during the final three.   The Bulldogs put up two runs in the second off of a two-RBI double from Febrey before a bases-loaded walk to Sumerlin and sacrifice fly by Maeve McGuire had Georgia ahead 4-0 after three played. Georgia sealed the run-rule victory with four runs in the sixth, as Justice Milz, S. Emanuel and DiCarlo all recorded at least one RBI in the frame.   Georgia continues its homestand, as the Bulldogs welcome No. 5 Auburn this weekend. The series begins on Friday with a 6 p.m. ET first pitch on SEC Network+/WatchESPN. Admission to all home games is free.   HOW TO FOLLOW GEORGIA SOFTBALL: For complete information on Georgia softball, follow the team on its social media channels via @UGASoftball on Twitter and Instagram and UGASoftball on Facebook.