ATHENS, Ga. - The 14th-ranked Georgia softball team recorded a pair of shutouts against UNCG and Jacksonville State Saturday at Jack Turner Stadium.
The Bulldogs continue climbing to 17-1 on the season and widens the winning streak to 16 games. Georgia's streak ties for fifth-best in program history. The shutouts are the 11th and 12th recorded by Bulldog pitchers in 2018.
Senior right-handed pitcher Brittany Gray earned the win in both games. She combined for nine and a third scoreless innings pitched Saturday, fanning 19 total hitters in the process and walking none.
The Bulldogs combined for 13 runs on 21 hits including six extra-base hits, led by Alyssa DiCarlo and Alysen Febrey hitting .571 each on the day.
Georgia 7, UNCG 0
DiCarlo and Febrey paced the Bulldog offense in the first game of the day, combining for seven of UGA's 12 hits. DiCarlo, who had three hits, including two doubles, scored three times. Febrey drove in five runs with her four hits, setting new career marks in both categories. Jordan Doggett also scattered a pair of hits including a double.
In the circle, Gray (8-0) recorded her fifth complete game of the season and fourth solo shutout. Gray allowed only three hits while striking out 13 Spartans and walking none.
UNCG's Alicia Bazonzki (6-2) suffered the loss in the circle. Bazonzki allowed four runs in five and a third innings.
Following back-to-back base hits by Justice Milz and DiCarlo, Febrey drove in both with a single threaded up the middle and into centerfield, putting the Bulldogs ahead in the opening frame, 2-0.
With bases loaded and two down in the third inning, Kendall Burton singled through the right side of the infield, plating DiCarlo and widening the early lead to 3-0 on the Spartans.
Georgia pushed four runs across the plate in the bottom of the six to break open the lead on the Spartans. DiCarlo drove in Doggett with a double laced down the third base line. With pinch runner Tyler Armistead and DiCarlo on, Febrey launched her sixth home run of the season down the left field line to bring the final tally to 7-0.
Georgia 6, Jacksonville State 0
In the second contest of the afternoon, the Bulldogs outhit JSU, 9-2. Three Georgia student-athletes each had two hits including Cortni Emanuel, Mahlena O'Neal, and Milz. Milz was responsible for all four RBI recorded in the game.
Mary Wilson Avant started the game in the circle for Georgia. She pitched four and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing only one hit.
Gray (9-0) entered in the fifth and became the pitcher of record when the Bulldogs took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Gray worked two and a third innings in relief, fanning six of the 10 batters she faced.
Jacksonville State broke up Avant's no-hit bid in the top of the fifth with a double, followed by a walk to put two on with two out. Gray entered and fanned the third out to escape the Gamecock scoring threat.
The Georgia offense broke through in the bottom of the inning to break the scoreless tie. The inning began with a single up the middle by O'Neal, who was pinch ran for by Armistead. After a sacrifice and a bunt for a hit by Emanuel, Milz punched a two-RBI single up the middle of the infield, scoring Armistead and Emanuel and putting the Bulldogs in front, 2-0.
A leadoff error followed by a JSU double put runners on second and third with no out in the top of the sixth. Gray struck out the side to quell the opposing offense and preserve the shutout.
The bottom of the sixth saw four Bulldogs touch home. Ciara Bryan drew a leadoff walk followed by a Burton base hit to center. O'Neal's sacrifice bunt was overthrown to first by the pitcher, allowing both runs to score. Two batters later, Milz blasted her fifth home run of the season over the wall in right, lengthening the Bulldog lead to 6-0 on the Gamecocks.
Georgia softball is back in action Sunday at Jack Turner Stadium at 1 p.m. when it will face UNCG. The game will be the final tournament game for Georgia of the season.