No. 23/21 Georgia Picks Up Two Wins on Opening Day
Feb. 7, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 23/21 Georgia softball team picked up a pair of wins on opening day, defeating Winthrop 1-0 in the first game before handing North Texas a 10-2, six-inning loss in the nightcap.
Anna Swafford led the offense, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Geri Ann Glasco picked up two hits, drove in two runs and scored twice in the twin bill sweep. Maeve McGuire made her presence known the lineup, going 3-for-5 with three doubles and five RBI in the Bulldogs' 10-2 win over the Mean Green.
Chelsea Wilkinson got both wins for the Bulldogs in the circle. The sophomore saw six innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out seven batters.
Georgia 1, Winthrop 0
The Bulldogs relied on pitching and defense in their 1-0 win over Winthrop. The game turned into a pitcher's duel as Glasco and Wilkinson combined to allow just two hits in the game, while Winthrop's Sarah Allen allowed just four hits.
Glasco got the start and went six innings, allowing just two hits and striking out eight batters. Wilkinson closed out the game with one scoreless inning for the Bulldogs to get the win.
Georgia was unable to muster its offense in the early goings of the game, but a two-hit seventh allowed the winning run to reach. Kaylee Puailoa led off the inning with a double down the left field line and moved to third on a Swafford single. Kaylee Williams drove in the run when she reached on an error that scored Puailoa and sealed the 1-0 win.
The Bulldogs got out of a jam in the top of the fourth, after a pair of walks and a fielder's choice loaded the bases for the Eagles. Glasco induced a groundout to third to end the inning and leave the runners stranded.
Georgia had opportunities in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, as runners were able to reach. The Bulldogs drew three walks in the fourth and fifth innings, before getting its first hit of the day on a single through the right side by Paige Wilson. Each of the runners was left stranded, setting up the walk-off win.
Georgia 10, North Texas 2
McGuire led the way for the Bulldogs in the 10-2 win over North Texas in the nightcap, going 3-for-3 with three doubles, including the game winner, and five RBI.
Wilkinson got her second win of the day, allowing just one hit in five innings of work. She also struck out four. Lauren Poole suffered the loss for North Texas, allowing five runs, three of which were earned, on five hits in three innings of work. Madison Thompson and Kenzie Grimes also saw time in the circle for the Mean Green, combining for five runs on six hits and three walks.
Georgia got off to a hot start, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 3-0 lead. Swafford led off with a single before stealing second. Glasco was hit by a pitch to put a pair of runners on for Alex Hugo, who drove in Swafford with a single down the left field line. With the bases loaded, Katie Browne took advantage of a fielding error that allowed Hugo and Glasco to score.
The Bulldogs added a pair of runs in the bottom of the third after a pair of singles, a walk and a fielder's choice loaded the bases. McGuire came in to pinch hit, doubling off the right field wall and scoring Tina Iosefa and Puailoa to give Georgia a 5-0 lead.
Swafford greeted new pitcher Thompson with a double to left center that was followed a single by Wilson. With runners at second and third, Glasco drilled a single up the middle for a pair of RBI that extended Georgia's lead to 7-0.
North Texas got on the board in the top of the sixth that cut the lead to 7-2. With runners at first and second, Taylor Schoblocher singled up the middle for an RBI that made it a 7-1 game. With a runner at third, Brooke Foster grounded out to the first baseman, but a run scored to make it a 7-2 game. Bekah Farris caught the final batter looking to end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Georgia put runners at second and third with a pair of walks and a single, McGuire hit a walk off double off the center field wall that scored Glasco and Hugo and sealed Georgia's 10-2 walk off win.
The Bulldogs get back in action on Saturday, February 8 at 12:30 p.m., when it takes on North Texas for a second time. Georgia will face James Madison following the game at approximately 3 p.m.
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