Feb. 17, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 19/17 Georgia softball team picked up a pair of wins over the Mercer Bears on Monday, Feb. 17 at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs took the first game 8-0 in five innings before earning a 7-5 victory in the second game of the day.
With the wins, the Bulldogs move to 9-0 on the year. Chelsea Wilkinson collected a win with a complete game no-hitter in game one of the doubleheader. She then recorded save in Georgia's second game as she closed out the win for Geri Ann Glasco.
Glasco led all hitters on the day as she went 3-for-5 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored. Paige Wilson went 4-for-7 with two triples, four RBI and one run scored.
Game 1: Georgia 8, Mercer 0 (5 Innings)
Georgia got off to a hot start, as it was able to put up a five run first inning and never looked back as Wilkinson mesmerized the Bears from the circle.
Wilkinson was brilliant as she tossed a no-hitter that saw her strike out nine Bears while walking just two, as she improved to 6-0 on the year. It was also Wilkinson's second career complete game no-no.
Mercer's Julia Rice suffered the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. She last just a third of an inning, giving up five earned runs on four hits and a walk. Rachel Hugghins threw the final 4.1 innings for the Bears, allowing three runs on nine hits.
Maeve McGuire sparked Georgia offensively as she went 2-for-3 with one home run and three RBI. Anna Swafford, Katie Browne and Glasco each picked up their first home runs of the season. It was Georgia's first four-home run game of the year. Wilson also came through for Georgia, hitting a pair of triples, including one that scored the winning run.
Wilkinson set the tone early as she retired the side in the first inning including a strikeout of the first batter of the game.
In the bottom of the first inning Georgia caught fire, as Swafford hammered a ball to right for her first long ball of the season. Glasco followed with round tripper of her own, to double the Bulldogs lead to 2-0. It was the first time the Bulldogs have hit back-to-back homers this season.
Georgia did more one out damage in the third as Browne recorded her first home run of the year, giving the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead. After seeing two hard hit balls turned into outs in her first two at bats, Wilson found a hole in right for a triple that scored Samantha LaZear and gave Georgia a 7-0 lead.
Wilkinson continued her brilliance from the circle, as she struck out the side in the fourth, coming back from a 3-0 count on the final batter.
Georgia secured the victory as LaZear and Wilson repeated their earlier trick, as Wilson drilled the ball to right field for a game-winning RBI-triple that sealed Georgia's 8-0 win in the fifth inning.
Game 2: Georgia 7, Mercer 5
The Bulldogs completed the sweep of Mercer with a 7-5 victory over the Bears in nightcap.
Wilson led the offensive attack, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run.
Glasco put together a solid outing from the circle as she went 5.1 innings, giving up five runs with only two of those runs being earned. She also struck out five and walked one as she moved to 3-0 on the year. Wilkinson came on in relief of Glasco in the top of the sixth and dazzled again, collecting the save and striking out four of the six batters she faced.
Georgia took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Wilson led off with a double to right center and moved to third on an illegal pitch. A pair of walks loaded the bases for Georgia before a second illegal pitch allowed Wilson to score from third and the other runners to advance. Puailoa drew a walk to reload the bases before an illegal pitch scored pinch runner Adele Harrison and gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
The Bears tied the game in the top of the second when they took advantage of a pair of Georgia errors. A walk and a single put runners on for Mercer before a fielding error by the Bulldogs plated the two runs, knotting the score at 2-2.
Georgia reclaimed the lead the bottom of the second. A pair of walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for the Bulldogs. With the bases loaded, LaZear came home on a passed ball that gave Georgia a 3-2 advantage.
The bats were quiet over the next 2 ½ innings, until Georgia put up four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-2 lead. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Tina Iosefa, who was hit by a pitch, allowing the first Georgia run of the inning to score. An RBI groundout by Kaylee Williams drove in the second run that made it a 5-2 game. With runners at second and third, Wilson laced a single through the right side that put the Bulldogs up 7-2.
Mercer did not go quietly as they were able to push three runs across in the sixth to cut the lead to 7-5. Wilkinson came on to pitch for Glasco and picked up her first save of the season by retiring five of the final six batters she faced, including three-straight strikeouts to end the game.
Georgia takes to the road for the first time this season when it travels to Orlando, Fla., to take part in the Citrus Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. The Bulldogs will open the three-day tournament against Marshall at 11 a.m., on Friday, Feb. 21.