UGA roundup: Bulldog leads in decathlon at SEC championships

Georgia sophomore Garrett Scantling built a 39-point lead on Thursday after the first day of the decathlon at the Southeastern Conference outdoor track and field championships in Columbia, Mo.

After a two-hour weather delay to start the action at the Audrey J. Walton Stadium, three Bulldog decathletes — freshmen Maicel Uibo and Devon Williams and Scantling — and one heptathlete, senior Lucie Ondraschkova, completed the first day of their multi-events.

Scantling completed his fifth and final event of the day with a personal best in the 400-meter dash to take a lead with 4,156 points. His teammate, Maicel Uibo, also had a career best in the 400 and is in second place in the decathlon with 4,117 points.

Ondraschkova scored the most day one points of her career in the heptathlon (3,362) and is in fourth place overall. She highlighted her performance by reaching a career-best height of 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump.

Bulldogs advance to semifinals

The fifth-seeded Georgia softball team powered its way to a 7-0 win over the No. 4 seed LSU Tigers in the quarterfinal round of the SEC tournament in Lexington, Ky.

Georgia improved to 38-18 with the win, while LSU fell to 40-14 this season. The win marked Georgia’s seventh win over a ranked opponent in the last four weeks, and the third win over LSU in a week.

Chelsea Wilkinson earned her fourth win over a top-25 opponent in the last four weeks, throwing a complete game shutout to improve to 8-4 on the season and scattering just five hits over seven innings. Rachele Fico got the start for LSU and dropped to 24-11 on the season with the loss. She allowed seven runs, six of which were earned, on 10 hits and three walks in the complete-game performance. She also struck out seven batters.

Georgia will take on top-seeded Florida today at 1 p.m. in the semifinals. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

Burger leads Georgia to solid start at west regional

Paced by a 3-under 68 by Emilie Burger, the No. 18 Georgia women’s golf team posted a 12-over 296 in Thursday’s opening round of the NCAA west regional. The Bulldogs are tied for sixth in the 24-team field at the Stanford University Golf Course.

Burger is second individually and just one shot off the pace of Southern Cal’s Annie Park, who shot 4-under 68. The Bulldogs are seven shots behind early leader of No. 7 Vanderbilt, which shot 289.

The 54-hole tournament continues through Saturday. The top eight teams and the top two individuals not among those squads will advance to the NCAA Championships at the UGA Golf Course on May 21-24.

In addition to Burger’s 69, the Bulldogs also counted a 75 from Manuela Carbajo Ré, a 76 from Amira Alexander and a 77 from Kailey Walsh, while dropping Rocio Sanchez Lobato’s 78. Overall, Carbajo Ré is tied for 46th, Alexander is tied for 63rd, Walsh is tied for 69th and Sanchez Lobato is tied for 77th.