No. 18/17 Georgia Splits with St. John's, UAB
March 1, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 18/17 Georgia softball team split a doubleheader against St. John's and UAB on Saturday, March 1, in the Bulldog Invitational at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs handed St. John's a 13-3, five-inning loss in the first game of the day before dropping an 8-0 decision to UAB in the second game. Georgia is now 15-2 on the year.
Georgia concludes the Bulldog Invitational tomorrow, March 2, at 12:30 p.m., when it takes on UAB in a rematch of today's game.
Georgia 13, St. Johns 3
McGuire finished the game 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs. Anna Swafford and Alex Hugo also had solid games from the plate. Swafford had three hits with two RBIs and one run, while Hugo went 3-for-3 while scoring three runs along the way, as well as tallying an RBI.
Geri Ann Glasco got the win to improve to 7-0 on the season, allowing three runs, only two of which were earned, on 10 hits in her second complete game in as many days. She also struck out one batter.
Tori Free (2-5) suffered the loss, allowing six runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and two walks in 0.2 innings of work. Ashley Beza and Aleshia Link combined for the final 3.1 innings in the circle. The duo allowed seven runs on 10 hits and one walk.
The game began with St. John's threatening by loading the bases with one out. Glasco escaped the jam as she got Kaitlin Fitzgerald to hit into a 5-2-3 double play to keep the Red Storm scoreless.
Georgia took a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first, scoring all six runs with two outs. The high scoring inning began with a Swafford single. After two groundouts Hugo singled in the first run of the game. Kaylee Puailoa knocked in Hugo with a double to right center. Puailoa later scored on a low throw to first from Free. After a couple of walks, Tina Iosefa and Swafford both had RBI singles to add two more runs.
In the second, Georgia tallied two more runs with two outs. Two batters after a Hugo single, McGuire crushed a home run into the pines behind right field.
St. John's got a pair of runs back in the top of the third on a pair of RBI singles that cut the Georgia lead to 6-2
Georgia added five more in the fourth, two of them coming off of McGuire's second home run of the day, this one off the flag pole in center. The final three runs in the inning were scored by a Puailoa single, a Swafford single and a sacrifice fly by Paige Wilson Following the offensive outburst in the inning, Georgia led 13-2.
St. John's did not go away quietly, adding another run in the top of the fifth inning on sacrifice fly. It would not be able to get another run, however, allowing Georgia to seal the 13-3 win.
UAB 8, Georgia 0
Chelsea Wilkinson dropped to 8-2 on the year after allowing eight runs, seven of which were earned, on nine hits and one walk. She also tied her season-best with 12 strikeouts.
Leigh Streetman was stellar from the circle for UAB, allowing five hits and striking out six in the complete-game shutout. She is now 5-5 on the season.
UAB took a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning when it got a leadoff single. With two outs and runners at first and second, the Blazers got a RBI single that was followed by a double down the left field line that scored all three runs and allowed them to take the early lead.
The Blazers added two runs in the top of the third inning on a two run home run.
Georgia got runners on in the bottom of the third inning when Beggs singled to right and Swafford walked , but the pair was left stranded when a strikeout ended the inning.
Hugo picked up Georgia's second hit of the game with a one-out double off the centerfield wall in the fourth, but couldn't make it home after the final two batters were retired in order.
After Wilkinson retired the side in the top of the fifth, Sam LaZear and Swafford recorded back-to-back singles, but a strikeout ended the inning without a run scoring.
UAB added three insurance runs in the top of the seventh after a pair of one-out singles, a two-run double and a fielding error made it an 8-0 game.
Georgia got a one-out double from Katie Browne in the bottom of the seventh, but couldn't get a run across, allowing UAB to come away with the 8-0 win.
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