March 1, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 23/24 University of Georgia softball team improved to 9-6 on Friday, March 1 at Jack Turner Stadium on the first day of the Fifth Annual Bulldog Invitational. The Bulldogs earned a 4-1 win over North Dakota State in the first game of the day, before powering their way to an 11-0, five-inning win over the Radford Highlanders in the nightcap.
Highlighting the day was a quartet of home runs by Paige Wilson, Anna Swafford, Geri Ann Glasco and Tess Sito. Wilson's home run was a grand slam, the first since 2011 and just the fifth in school history.
GEORGIA 4, NORTH DAKOTA STATE 1
Glasco picked up the win for the Bulldogs against North Dakota State to improve to 5-1 on the year, allowing just three hits, while striking out eight batters in five innings in the circle. Morgan Montemayor came on in relief, throwing two innings, allowed one run on just two hits, while striking out four.
Krista Menke dropped to 1-5 after suffering the loss for the Bison. Menke pitched a complete game, allowing all four Georgia runs.
After a pitcher's duel that lasted 2 1/2 innings, Georgia put runs on the board in the third when Anna Swafford hit a two-run homerun to drive in Kaylee Puailoa. The homerun was Swafford's first of the season.
The Bulldogs increased their advantage in the fourth inning after Katie Browne hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Wilson, who led off the inning with a single. Moments later, Sito reached first on an error that allowed Tiesha Reed to cross the plate.
North Dakota State scored a run in the seventh inning but it was too late for a rally.
GEORGIA 11, RADFORD 0
Making her first start of the season in the circle, Sito (1-0) struck out six of 11 batters faced and allowed just two hits to get the win. Rachael Walters recorded the loss and dropped to 1-2 after giving up six of Georgia's 11 runs.
The Bulldogs took an early lead in the first when Niaja Griffin and Wilson hit back-to-back, one-out doubles. Wilson crossed home after Glasco reached second on a fielding error. With two outs, Sito tripled to right center to drive in Reed and increase Georgia's advantage to 3-0.
The Bulldogs sealed the victory with an eight-run third inning. Sito started things off when she sailed a long home run over the right center field wall. Puailoa followed with a double before Olney reached on an error that drove in Maya Branch, who was pinch running for Puailoa.
Three batters and one run later, the bases were loaded for Wilson, who stepped up to hit the ball deep over the right field wall for a grand slam. Glasco followed Wilson with a home run of her own to wrap up Georgia's eight-run surge and bring the score to 11-0. It was the second time this season that the Bulldogs had back-to-back round-trippers.
The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, March 3 at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m., when they take on Indiana State and North Dakota State, respectively, on the second day of the Bulldog Invitational.