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NCAA Softball Championship - Durham Regional - Durham, North Carolina

UGA falls to Liberty in opening game of NCAA Tournament

47 days ago
Georgia Athletics
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Georgia Bulldogs dropped a 2-0 decision to the Liberty Lady Flames the opening game of the NCAA Tournament Friday at the Duke Softball Stadium.

Sophomore Madison Kerpics (18-10) suffered the loss in the circle. After allowing a first-inning home run, Kerpics settled in and pitched six scoreless after that, striking out 10 Lady Flames batters, one short of tying a career high.

Senior Savana Sikes recorded two of Georgia's (40-17) three hits in the game including a double in the second inning. Freshman Lyndi Rae Davis provided Georgia's third hit. Georgia stranded 10 runners on base.

Liberty's (44-16) Caroline Hudson knocked a two-run home run in the top of the first to put the Lady Flames ahead 2-0. The home run would prove to be the lone run production for either team in the contest.

Georgia will face the loser of game two between No. 12 Duke and UMBC Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Durham in the first elimination game of the regional.