Georgia Splits with Elon, Ohio State
Feb. 9, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 8/9 University of Georgia softball team took a 8-0, five-inning win over the Elon Phoenix before falling to the Ohio State Buckeyes 5-4 in extra innings on the second day of the Sixth Annual Red and Black Showcase at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga.
Georgia moves to 2-2 on the season, while Elon dropped to 1-2 on the season. Ohio State improved to 3-1.
Geri Ann Glasco and Katie Browne combined to go 4-for-4, to lead the Bulldogs to a 8-0, five-innig win over the Phoenix in the first game. Glasco hit her first career home run, and the first of the season for Georgia, to bring in the final runs of the game.
Morgan Montemayor earned her first win of the season after pitching a complete-game, two-hitter. Montemayor allowed just two hits and retired nine consecutive batters to help keep Elon scoreless. Karen Berna suffered the loss for Elon after giving up 10 hits in four innings and falls to 0-1 this season.
Elon's offense got started early putting runners in scoring position in the top of the first, before the Bulldog defense settled in to retire the final two batters.
Georgia took a 2-0 lead in the second inning after Katie Browne sailed a long double off of the centerfield wall to drive in Criket Blanco and Christine Olney. The Bulldogs added another run when an Elon error allowed Browne to cross the plate.
Georgia increased its advantage in the fourth, when Samantha LaZear used a single to right field to drive in Anna Swafford, who came on to pinch run for Browne. Paige Wilson extended her hitting streak to 15 games and put Georgia up 6-0 with a two-run bunt single that scored Niaja Griffin and LaZear. With Wilson on first, Glasco belted a two-run home run over the left field wall to seal Georgia's 8-0 win.
In the second game of Georgia's doubleheader, the Bulldogs fell to Ohio State 5-4 in eight innings.
The Buckeyes got off to a fast start, scoring four runs in the first inning. Georgia answered with two in the bottom of the frame to make it a 4-2 game. With two outs, Wilson kept her hit streak alive with a single. Glasco followed with a double deep to left field, scoring Wilson for Georgia's first run of the game. Tina Iosefa added a single to score Glasco and make it a 4-2 game.
The offenses remained quiet over the next three innings, before Wilson homered to straight away center to cut the lead to 4-3.
Ohio State threatened in the top of the seventh after each of its first three hitters singled to load the bases. Montemayor, who came on in relief of Chelsea Wilkinson, along with the Bulldog defense worked out of the no out, bases-loaded jam as Montemayor struck out the next batter, then forced Melaina Saalfeld to ground into a fielders choice which led to the force out at home. Jayla Saibene came in as a pinch hitter for the Buckeye's but grounded out to Wilson at short to end the inning.
Tess Sito put the Bulldogs in position to tie the game in the seventh inning, reaching second base on an error by the Buckeyes. With a runner in scoring position and the heart of the Georgia lineup due up, O'Reilly was relieved by Alex DiDomenico.
Down to Georgia's last out, Glasco came through with a RBI-single to left field that sent Sito home to tie the game at four and send the game into extra innings.
Ohio State was able to come up with a run in the top of the eighth with an RBI-single off the bat of Megan Coletta that gave Ohio State a 5-4 lead. The single proved to be the difference as Georgia only managed one base runner in the bottom half of the eighth and Ohio State hung on for the win.
Alex DiDomenico (1-0) picked up the win for the Buckeye's replacing Olivia O'Reilly with 1.2 scoreless innings. DiDomenico allowed just two hits and did not give up a run. O'Reilly allowed four runs on 10 hits in 6.1 innings in the circle.
Montemayor suffered the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. She allowed one run on eight hits and struck out five in 6.2 innings of relief. Wilkinson got the start and allowed four runs on two hits in 0.1 innings. Glasco also saw time in the circle, but did not give up a run and allowed just one hit.
Georgia returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 12:30 p.m., when it takes on the Winthrop Eagles in the final day of the Red and Black Showcase.
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