Feb. 8, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 23/21 Georgia softball team picked up a pair of wins against North Texas and James Madison to improve to 4-0 on the season on Saturday, February 8 in the Red and Black Showcase at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga.
Georgia 7, North Texas 4
Georgia earned a 7-4 win over North Texas in the first game of the day. Alex Hugo and Kaylee Puailoa delivered the big hits, each picking up two run home runs. Hugo finished 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBI. Puailoa and Katie Browne also drove in two runs each.
Glasco (1-0) got the start and went the distance in the circle for the Bulldogs. She gave up four run, only one of which was earned, on five hits in the complete game performance. She also struck out seven batters. Ashley Kirk suffered the loss after giving up five runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks in five innings of work. She also struck out four. Kenzie Grimes also saw time in the circle, striking out one in one inning.
North Texas jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, grabbing one run in the first before adding two in the second.
Georgia got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the second to make it a 3-2 game. With Tina Iosefa on first after an infield single, Hugo blasted the first home run of the season for the Bulldogs deep and high over the centerfield wall for a two-run shot that cut the Mean Green lead to one.
The Bulldogs evened the score in the bottom of the third inning. A walk and an error put runners at first and second for Puailoa, who reached on an error by the North Texas second baseman. The error allowed Swafford to come home and tie the game up at 3-3.
The Mean Green threatened in the top of the fourth after a fielder's choice, a passed ball and a groundout put a runner at second with two away. Glasco settled in and got the final batter to strike out swinging for the third and final out of the inning.
Hugo led off the bottom of fourth inning with a bunt single and moved to third on a two base error. A sacrifice fly by Browne scored Hugo from third and allowed Georgia to take its first lead of the game at 4-3.
After retiring the side in the top of the fifth, Georgia put up three more runs in the home half of the inning to extend its lead to 7-3. Wilson led off the inning with a double to right center and scored two batters later when Puailoa belted a home run over the right field wall. Iosefa followed with a single to left and was pinch ran for by Adele Harrison. Browne delivered her second RBI of the day with a single to left that gave Georgia a 7-3 lead.
North Texas got a run back in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Sarah McGann that made it a 7-4 game. The Mean Green couldn't do any more, as Georgia picked up its third win of the season.
Georgia 8, James Madison 2
The Bulldogs earned their second win of the day when it handed James Madison an 8-2 loss. Hugo again led the offense with her second home run of the day, which drove in three runs.
Chelsea Wilkinson spun a gem and picked up the win to move to 3-0 on the season. She did not allow a hit in four innings in the circle and struck out eight batters, including five in a row. Bekah Farris also saw time in the circle, giving up two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits and a walk in three innings in the circle. She also struck out two batters.
JMU's Heather Kiefer suffered the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year. She allowed seven runs, four earned, on five hits and two walks. She also struck out two. Kelly Wishard came in as relief for Kiefer, throwing the final 3.1 innings of the game and allowing one run on two hits and three walks.
Georgia put up four runs in the bottom of the second to take an early 4-0 lead. A leadoff double, a passed ball and a walk put a pair of runners in scoring position. With two on, Browne delivered a sacrifice fly that made it a 1-0 game. With runners on following a fielder's choice and an infield single, Hugo belted her second home run of the day, this one a three-run shot to left that put the Bulldogs up 4-0.
Wilkinson continued to make quick work of the Dukes in the top of the third. After allowing a leadoff walk, she struck out the side to end the inning.
The offensive surge continued into the bottom of the third, as Georgia went ahead 7-0. Glasco led off with a double to left center. The next three runs were scored when the Bulldogs took advantage of a pair of throwing errors and a fielding error by JMU.
JMU avoided the shutout with a run in both the fifth and sixth innings. An RBI-double plated the Dukes' first run, before a RBI-single scored the second and final JMU run.
Wilson singled to short to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning and moved to third on a walk and a ground out. Iosefa recorded a sacrifice fly that scored Wilson and brought the score to 8-2. Georgia sealed the 8-2 win with a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
Georgia returns to action tomorrow, Feb. 9, at 12:30 p.m., when it takes on James Madison in the final game of the Seventh Annual Red and Black Showcase.