Feb. 19, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 2-ranked Georgia Bulldogs picked up two more five-inning wins in the Eighth-Annual Georgia Softball Classic at Jack Turner Stadium on Saturday defeating North Dakota State, 14-4, and Marshal, 12-2.
With Saturday's two victories, the Bulldogs improve to 9-0 to start the season, and Georgia has now won 42-straight home tournament contests.
On the day, Georgia combined to bat .438 and scored a combined 26 runs with eight extra-base hits including five home runs from five different Bulldogs.
From the circle, the Bulldog pitching staff limited the Bison and Thundering Herd to just six runs on six hits.
The Georgia Softball Classic continues with three games more games on Saturday evening before the last three games of the tournament will be played on Sunday. Georgia will compete next in the final contest on Sunday at 1 p.m. vs. N.C. State. Admission is free to all regular season games at Jack Turner Stadium. Live stats will be available on www.georgiadogs.com for all games in addition to live audio of the UGA-N.C. State contest.
Georgia 14, North Dakota State 4 (5)
In Georgia's first game on Sunday, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing the Bison, 4-0, after the top of the first. A solo home run Nicole Rivera and a two-run homer from Taylor Mortensen ended Georgia starter Erin Arevalo's day. The Bison added another run on a double from Jenina Ortega before senior Bulldog pitcher Katie Murphy got out of the inning.
Murphy went on to earn the win tossing a total of 3.2 innings to improve to 2-0 while sophomore Alison Owen worked a scoreless fifth. NDSU's Katie Tamayo (0-4) suffered the loss after allowing six runs, one earned, on four hits and two walks in two innings of relief.
Georgia's offense responded to the 4-0 deficit in a hurry scoring five runs in both the bottom of the first and second innings to quickly turn the game around and take a 10-4 lead. The Bulldogs then went on to add four more runs in the fourth to give the game its final margin of 14-4, and by the end of the game had batted around three times.
The Bulldogs' top performances against the Bison came from juniors Brittany Hubbard and Ashley Pauly. Hubbard went 2-for-3 with a home run, a career-high three runs scored and a career-high four RBI while Pauly went 2-for-3 with a home run and tied a career-high with four RBI.
Also of significant note for the Bulldogs, senior Taylor Schlopy went 2-for-3 with two runs scored against NDSU raising her career hits and runs totals to 200. Schlopy becomes just the second player in school history to score 200 runs (Nicole Barber, 2001-04, 266), and she becomes the eighth Bulldog to record 200 hits in a career joining teammates Megan Wiggins and Alisa Goler in the elite club. Schlopy also tied the Georgia hit-by-pitch record against NDSU as she was hit for the 42nd time in her career (Ashley Godfrey, 2003-06, 42).
Georgia's five-run first inning got started on Schlopy's hit-by-pitch, and she was followed by a Wiggins single and a Goler walk to load the bases. Senior Brianna Hesson then followed with a two-run double to left center. Hesson later scored on a wild pitch, and Pauly capped the inning with a two-run single to left center.
In the second inning, Schlopy led off with single, Wiggins reached on an error and a groundout moved the runners to second and third. Hesson then reached on a fielder's choice as Schlopy scored her 200th career run. Next, junior Ashley Razey drew a walk to load the bases setting up a two-run double from Hubbard that was followed by a two-run single from senior Jennie Auger.
In the fourth, Hubbard and Pauly each hit a two-run home run to make it a 10-run game at 14-4. Schlopy's 200th career hit also occurred in the fourth.
Georgia 12, Marshall 2 (5)
Against Marshall, Georgia's offensive output and strong pitching continued as the Bulldogs produced 12 runs on 11 hits while limiting The Herd to two runs on one hit.
Senior Sarah McCloud (1-0) earned her first win of the year as she went 4.2 innings allowing the two Marshal run in the third inning on a RBI single from Amanda Lara and a sacrifice fly from Alianna Telles. Owen closed out a second game for the Bulldogs by coming in for the final out.
Marshall countered by sending four pitchers to the circle with starter Natalee Pulver taking the loss after giving up four runs in 1.2 innings.
Georgia gave Pulver the early exit in the second inning by scoring the game's first four runs. With runners on the corners, Auger drove in the first run on a pinch-hit, sacrifice fly to right. Two batters later, Wiggins (2-for-4, 3 RBI) added an RBI single before Hesson (2-for-3, 3 RBI) highlighted the inning with a two-run single to center.
After Marshall picked up its two runs in the top of the third, Georgia answered with a run in the bottom of the frame to push the lead to 5-2. A single, hit-by-pitch and Thundering Herd error loaded the bases for Schlopy, who drew a walk to push across the run.
In the fourth, Georgia broke the game wide open with seven runs on six hits. Hesson started the rally off with a solo home run that cleared the score board in left. The Bulldogs then proceeded to load the bases and pinch runner Tiesha Reed scored on a wild pitch just prior to freshman Julie Echols hitting a three-run home run to left center. The inning then continued with Schlopy drawing a two-out walk setting up a two-run home run from Wiggins.
Also of note against Marshall, freshman Katie Rietkovich notched her first career hit with a single to center in the fourth.
Eighth-Annual Georgia Softball Classic Results & Remaining Schedule (All Times Eastern):
Friday, February 18:
N.C. State 10, North Dakota State 2
N.C. State 2, Marshall 1
North Dakota State 2, Winthrop 1
Buffalo 5, Marshall 4 (8 Innings)
Georgia 14, Winthrop 0 (5 Innings)
Georgia 8, Buffalo 0 (5 Innings)
Saturday, February 19:
Marshall 7, North Dakota State 6
Georgia 14, North Dakota State 4 (5 Innings)
Georgia 12, Marshall 2 (5 Innings)
3:00 p.m. - Buffalo vs. N.C. State
5:00 p.m. - Buffalo vs. Winthrop
7:00 p.m. - N.C. State vs. Winthrop
Sunday, February 20:
9:00 a.m. - North Dakota State vs. Buffalo
11:00 a.m. - Winthrop vs. Marshall
1:00 p.m. - Georgia vs. N.C. State