UGA Roundup: No. 9 Georgia Downs Missouri, 4-0

ATHENS | The No. 9 Georgia women’s tennis team blanked Missouri 4-0 Sunday afternoon, capping a perfect weekend and improving to 15-3 on the season and 8-1 in conference play. The Bulldogs are one of three teams that sit atop the SEC standings with just one loss in conference play.

“Today was very exciting,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “This was a great experience. We had a great crowd and I thought they gave us a big boost throughout the day. It had an NCAA-like atmosphere and our players did a great job. It was tight at the beginning but we were able to step it up and finish strong.”

Georgia won all six first singles sets, and won matches on courts four, five and six before clinching the match on court two.

In singles, freshman Caroline Brinson started the scoring, beating Tracy Dong, 6-0, 6-1. The Bulldog freshman is now 5-1 this season. Right after, Georgia increased its lead to 3-0 when No. 63 Lilly Kimbell beat Madison Rhyner, 6-3, 6-0 and Kate Fuller topped Cassidy Spearman, 6-3, 6-2. No. 19 Silvia Garcia clinched the match with a 6-4, 6-0 defeat of Kelli Hine. The clincher was Garcia’s third of the spring. With the match outcome decided, the remaining matches were suspended.​

Missouri falls to 6-17 overall and 0-9 in conference action.

The Bulldogs will return to action next weekend at No. 45 Arkansas on Friday before traveling to No. 49 LSU on Sunday.

Hugo’s home run leads softball past Missouri

COLUMBIA, MO. | Alex Hugo hit her NCAA-leading 15th home run of the season to lead the No. 13/14 Georgia softball team to a 6-2 win over the No. 16/19 Missouri Tigers in the series finale on Sunday, March 30 at University Field in Columbia, Mo.

With the win, the Bulldogs picked up their 30th win of the year to improve to 30-5 overall and 6-3 in Southeastern Conference play. Missouri dropped to 25-9 on the year and 4-5 in league action.

The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday, April 2 at 6 p.m., when it starts a five game home stand at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga., against in-state rival Georgia Tech. Georgia will resume SEC play next weekend, April 4-6, when it welcomes South Carolina to Jack Turner Stadium.

Alexander grabs

first-round lead at Kirk Intercollegiate

STOCKBRIDGE | Georgia’s Amira Alexander fired a 1-under 71 to grab the individual lead following the opening round of the 21st Annual John Kirk Intercollegiate on Sunday. Alexander posted the only red number among the 90 golfers in the field at Eagles Landing Country Club.

Four Bulldogs are competing as individuals in the Kirk Intercollegiate. In addition to Alexander, Mary Ellen Shuman is tied for ninth at 75, Sammi Lee is tied for 16th at 76 and Amelia Hill is tied for 57th at 82.

The tournament will continue through Tuesday. Live scoring, updated on a three-hole basis, is available at golfstat.com.

Next weekend, Georgia will host the 42nd Annual Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The event will alter its format this year to a combination of stroke play and match play. All 16 teams will play 18 holes on Friday, April 4. From those results, the top eight finishers will comprise a “Red” bracket and the remaining teams will be paired in a “Black” bracket. Two rounds of match play will be contested on Saturday followed by a single round on Sunday.

The alteration comes after the announcement last September that the 2015 NCAA Championships will move to a stroke play/match play format.