Home Runs Lift No. 1 Georgia Past No. 21 Texas A&M, Oregon State
Feb. 25, 2011
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. --- Led by senior Megan Wiggins' three home runs on Friday, the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs combined to hit seven home runs in victories over No. 21 Texas A&M and Oregon State at the Cathedral City Classic.
Georgia improved to 13-1 on the season as it defeated Texas A&M, 6-2, and Oregon State, 12-7. The Aggies drop to 11-5 while the Beavers fall to 5-2.
Wiggins' provided two of her three home runs on the day against Texas A&M, and it was the first multi-home run game of her career. Her first home run of the game, a three-run blast, came with Georgia trailing 2-0 in the third.
After the Bulldogs picked up a run in the fifth as Wiggins scored on a single from Hesson, junior Kristyn Sandberg and Wiggins each added solo home runs in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, to give the game its final margin.
Wiggins finished the game against the Aggies having matched career highs with four RBI and three runs scored.
Against Oregon State, Georgia's home runs outlasted several comeback attempts by Oregon State.
In the first, junior Ashley Razey provided the Bulldogs with a grand slam for an early 4-0 lead, but Oregon State scored three in the second to pull within one at 4-3.
In the top of the fourth, Wiggins' third home run on Friday extended the lead back to three runs at 6-3, but OSU bounced back to pull within one at 6-5 by plating two more runs of its own in the bottom of the fourth,
Georgia then scored three more runs in the top of the fifth to push its lead back to four runs at 9-5. Junior Brittney Hubbard hit Georgia's sixth long ball, a two-run shot to left to make it 8-5, and Georgia added another run in the inning on an RBI groundout from senior Alisa Goler.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Beavers would come back once again getting two runs to pull within two at 9-7. Paige Hall hit her second solo home run of the game while the second run scored on an error. Hall's first home run came in the Beavers' three-run second inning.
The Bulldogs' seventh home run on Friday came off the bat of Hesson in the seventh. With Wiggins and Goler aboard on a single and a walk, Hesson capped the day with a three-run shot to left that gave the game a 12-7 score.
Earning both wins from the circle on Friday was sophomore Alison Owen (4-0). Owen worked five scoreless innings of relief against Texas A&M allowing just one hit while striking out a career-high nine. Against Oregon State, Owen effectively closed out the final 4.0 innings allowing just one earned run on three hits while striking out three.
The Aggies' Melissa Dumezich (6-3) and the Beaver' Marina Demore (4-2) suffered the respectively losses. Dumezich (6-3) allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings of work while Demore was chased after a third of an inning.
With Friday's two wins, Georgia moves to 3-1 in the Cathedral City Classic and will play its final game in the tournament on Saturday against Arizona. With the Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA poll and the Wildcats ranked No. 1 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, Saturday's contest will be a No.1 vs. No. 1 matchup. First pitch is slated for 8:30 p.m. ET and live stats will be available on www.georgiadogs.com.
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