Both teams are coming off of conference sweeps over the weekend. Georgia earned three wins over No. 13 Texas A&M in SEC play, winning 3-1, 12-7 and 6-3 over the Aggies.
Georgia State managed to pick up three wins on the road in Philadelphia against Drexel, outscoring the Dragons 25-6 and compiling 33 hits in the three games. The teams opened the series with a close 7-6 ballgame before the Panthers reeled off a pair of 9-0 run-rule shutouts.
The second win at Drexel was the 100th victory for third-year head coach Roger Kincaid while in charge of GSU softball. Kincaid took over the program during the 2011 season when he lead the team to a CAA Championship and the NCAA Tournament.
With four walks over the weekend allowed Lauren Coleman to break the single-season school record for bases-on-balls. Coleman’s mark of 45 bested the previous record of 43 set by former-Panther Danielle Roddy in 2007.
The Bulldogs (34-15) lead the all-time series against Georgia State with a record of 10-2. The Panthers’ lone two wins against Georgia both came when GSU won both sides of a doubleheader in Athens during the 2000 season. Georgia State won 2-0 in the first game before capturing the second game by a 12-0 margin.
The two teams played in Athens last season when then-No. 8 Georgia earned a 6-0 win over the Panthers. Kaitlyn Medlam took the loss in that game, but leads the 2013 team with a 17-6 record.
During the 2011 season, Georgia State was assigned to the Athens Regional after earning a bid in the NCAA tournament. The Panthers fell to the host Bulldogs 8-0 in five innings.
UGA is the nation’s top home running hitting and slugging team. The Bulldogs average 1.73 homers per contest and have compiled a .633 slugging percentage as a team. Georgia is also eighth in both scoring (7.2 runs per game) and batting average (.345) in the NCAA this season.
In the current NCAA RPI, Georgia is 39th out of 291 Division I institutions, while Georgia State comes in at 61st on that list.