Feb. 28, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 18/17 Georgia softball team completed a sweep of Western Carolina and St. John's on the opening day of the Bulldog Invitational at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs handed Western Carolina a 9-3 loss before defeating St. John's 8-0 in five innings. With the wins, Georgia improves to 14-1 on the year.
Alex Hugo led the team offensively on the day, going 3-for-6 with two home runs and four RBI. Geri Ann Glasco also went 3-for-6 and drove in three runs. Paige Wilson picked up three hits, including a home run and drove in three runs. Anna Swafford also had a home run and three RBI.
Glasco and Chelsea Wilkinson each earned wins in the circle. Glasco threw a complete game against Western Carolina to move to 6-0 on the year, while Wilkinson spun a complete game shutout against St. John's to improve to 8-1.
Georgia gets back in action tomorrow, March 1, when it takes on St. John's and UAB on the second day of the Bulldog Invitational. Georgia is schedule to play St. John's at 12:30 p.m., and UAB at 3 p.m.
Georgia 9, Western Carolina 3
Offense ruled the day in Georgia's 9-3 win over Western Carolina in the first game of the day as Hugo, Swafford and Bethany Beggs each went yard in the game.
Swafford, who hit her second home run of the season, finished the game 1-for-2 with three RBIs to lead the Bulldogs. Hugo and Beggs each with 1-for-3 with a home run.
Glasco improved to 6-0 on the season, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits while striking out nine batters in her complete game effort. Her nine strikeouts tied her career-best.
Western Carolina struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a RBI-triple off the centerfield wall.
Georgia took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Beggs walked to lead off the inning and moved to second when Katie Browne laid down a sacrifice bunt. Tina Iosefa came in to pinch hit and was hit by a pitch to put runners on for pinch hitter Maeve McGuire. McGuire came through with her sixth double of the year that scored Beggs and tied the game at 1-1. A two-run single by Paige Wilson scored the go ahead runs that gave Georgia a 3-1 lead.
WCU tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the fifth with a RBI-single and a run scoring wild pitch.
The Bulldogs scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a commanding 9-3 lead. Highlighting the inning was a trio of home runs by Hugo, Beggs and Swafford. Hugo scored the go ahead run with a home run into the pines in left center that gave Georgia a 4-3 lead. Beggs followed with her second home run of the season that made it a 5-3 game.
The back-to-back home runs forced WCU to bring in Mallory Broome into the circle. Browne greeted the new pitcher with a double to left center. With a runner in scoring position, Kaylee Williams was hit by a pitch to put two on for Sam LaZear, who reached on an error. The error scored pinch runner Adele Harrison and made it a 6-3 game. With two on and two outs, Swafford hit a three-run home run to left center that extended Georgia's lead to 9-3.
Glasco allowed just two more hits over of the final two innings to seal the 9-3 win.
Georgia 8, St. John's 0
In the nightcap, Georgia defeated St. John's 8-0 in five innings with a walk-off RBI-single by Hugo.
Wilkinson pitched five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out eight batters to give her an even 70 strikeouts on the season.
Hugo hit her second home run of the day and team-leading fifth home run of the season, driving in a total of three runs on offense. Kaylee Puailoa and Wilson each added two hits, one RBI, and scored two runs for the Bulldogs.
St. John's looked primed to strike first and take an early lead in the top of the second after a walk to Kaitlin Fitzgerald and a single by Brittany Garcia gave the Red Storm two base runners with just one out. Georgia starter Chelsea Wilkinson buckled down, however, and struck out the next two St. John's batters to get the Bulldogs out of the jam and avoid any potential danger.
The Bulldogs were able to break up the scoreless match-up in the bottom of the third on a three-run double by Geri Ann Glasco. Georgia was able to load the bases on two walks issued by St. John's Grace Kramer, and then a beautiful bunt-single by Anna Swafford. Glasco then unloaded on a two-strike pitch, driving a double into centerfield that cleared the bases.
Two batters later, Puailoa hit what appeared to be her fourth home run of the season, but the ball hit off the top of the wall back into the field of play. Puailoa was still able to leg out a double and drove in Glasco. Puailoa scored on the next at-bat as Hugo hit a towering two-run homer, clearing the scoreboard in left field to put the Bulldogs up 6-0 after three.
Wilson extended the Bulldogs' lead in the bottom of the fifth inning, leading off with a solo homer to left field. Wilson's third home run of the year increased Georgia's lead to 7-0.
Hugo ended the game with an RBI single into left field, scoring Puailoa to complete the run-rule for the Bulldogs through five innings.