Hesson, Montemayor Lead Georgia Softball To Season Opening Victory

Feb. 11, 2011

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ATHENS, Ga. - Third-ranked Georgia won its season-opening contest Friday evening, defeating Illinois State, 2-1, in the Fourth-Annual Red & Black Showcase at Jack Turner Softball Stadium behind senior Brianna Hesson's sixth-inning home run and freshman Morgan Montemayor's complete game.


With the win, Georgia (1-0) has now won its season opener six-straight years. Illinois State moved to 1-1 with the loss having defeated East Carolina, 8-0, in earlier tournament action.


Montemayor made her collegiate debut pitching a complete game striking out eight while walking five to earn the victory. The freshman allowed just two hits and one run, which came on a solo home run by Sara Bradley in the third inning that tied the game at 1-1.


Georgia had picked up its first run of the season in the second inning off of Illinois State starter Jordan Birch. The Bulldogs loaded the bases for junior Ashley Pauly, who provided her seventh-career sacrifice fly to drive in pinch runner Macie Couey. Couey came on to run for junior Kristyn Sandberg after Sandberg reached on a walk.


The score remained tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the sixth when Hesson hit an opposite field, solo home run that proved to be the game-winning RBI. Relief pitcher Chrissy Burton (0-1) suffered the loss after surrendering the long ball.


The Red & Black Showcase continues with six games on Saturday, and Georgia will be involved in two of those contests. The Bulldogs will play Iowa at 11 a.m. and East Carolina at 1 p.m. Admission is free to all tournament games. Live stats will also be available on www.georgiadogs.com in addition to live audio of games involving the Bulldogs.


Fourth-Annual Red & Black Results & Remaining Schedule:

Friday, February 11:

East Carolina 1, Lipscomb 0

Lipscomb 5, Iowa 4

Illinois State 8, East Carolina 0

Iowa 1, Maryland 0

Georgia 2, Illinois State 1


Saturday, February 12:

9:00 a.m. - East Carolina vs. Iowa

11:00 a.m. - Georgia vs. Iowa

1:00 p.m. - Georgia vs. East Carolina

3:00 p.m. - Illinois State vs. Lipscomb

5:00 p.m. - Illinois State vs. Maryland

7:00 p.m. - Lipscomb vs. Maryland


Sunday, February 13:

9:00 a.m. - Iowa vs. Illinois State

11:00 a.m. - Maryland vs. East Carolina

1:00 p.m. - Georgia vs. Maryland

3:00 p.m. - Georgia vs. Lipscomb


*All times Eastern & subject to change.




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