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    Coach Richardson Postgame

    Emily Kirby and Devyn Howard Postgame

    No. 19 Georgia pulled away for a 7-2 win over Liberty in an elimination game in the NCAA Durham Regional which finished early Sunday morning at Duke Softball Stadium.

    Georgia (42-17) advances to Sunday’s Durham Regional final against Duke, where the Bulldogs meet the host Blue Devils at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs will have to beat Duke twice on Sunday to advance to face the winner of the Los Angeles Regional.

    The Lady Flames (44-18) wrap up their season with their fifth NCAA Regional appearance. Liberty opened in stunning fashion on Friday, as Emily Kirby tossed a three-hit, 13-strikeout shutout to upset Georgia.

    There was over a four-hour weather delay between Liberty’s 5-0 loss to Duke this afternoon and Georgia’s 6-3 win over UMBC. First pitch for tonight’s game was at 11:14 p.m., the latest first pitch, local time, in program history. The game wrapped up at 1:47 a.m.

    Scoring Summary
    Georgia – 1st INNING – Davis singles to left, Kuma advances, Mosley scores, 1-0
    Georgia – 3rd INNING – Kuma homers to right field, Kuma and Mosley score, 3-0
    Liberty – 3rd INNING – Howard homers to left center, Howard and Bachman score, 3-2
    Georgia – 5th INNING – Fields walks, Sikes and Kuma advance, Landrum scores, 4-2
    Georgia – 7th IINNING – Davis ingles to center, Kuma scores, 5-2
    Georgia – 7th INNING – Fields singles up the middle, Sikes and Davis score, 7-2

    Notable Numbers
    – Georgia outhit Liberty 10-2, with the Lady Flames committing two errors.
    – Madison Kerpics (19-10) earned the win, allowing two runs on two hits, walking five and striking out eight.
    – Emily Kirby (14-7) drew the loss, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits, walking three and striking out two in 6 1/3 innings. Megan Johnson yielded one hit in 2/3 of an inning.
    – Jaiden Fields batted 1-for-2 with three RBI, while Sara Mosley went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Sydney Kuma (1-for-2) hit her 14th homer of the season and drove in two runs. Lyndi Rae Davis went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Savana Sikes hit 2-for-3.
    – Devyn Howard went 1-for-3 with a homer and two RBI.  

    Turning Point
    – A two-run homer by Sydney Kuma pushed Georgia’s advantage to 3-0 in the top of the third. Howard narrowed the gap to 3-2 with a two-run blast in the home half of the third inning.     

    – The Bulldogs added one run in the fifth and then tacked on two insurance runs in the seventh.

    Beyond the Box Score
    – Georgia and Liberty are now tied 1-1 all-time in softball. Georgia was the only SEC team Liberty had never faced in softball prior to this weekend.         

    – Liberty is now 5-10 all-time NCAA Regional games. The Lady Flames appeared in their first two NCAA Regional finals in 2018 and 2021.

    – The Durham Regional is the toughest in this year’s tournament based on combined winning percentage (.756).

    – Liberty is 3-12 against Top 25 opponents this season, tying the 2007 and 2021 Lady Flames for the program’s most wins over nationally-ranked opponents in a single season. Liberty’s 15 games against Top 25 opponents are the most the Lady Flames have faced in a single season.

    – Howard hit her eighth homer of the season, becoming the third Lady Flame this season with eight homers (also Rachel Roupe and Lou Allan). Caroline Hudson hit a team-high 17 homers this year.

    – Kirby finished her career as a two-time ASUN Pitcher of the Year. Kirby finished fourth in program history with 16 career shutouts, including one of two shutouts in the program’s NCAA Regional history.