Georgia Splits with Indiana State, North Dakota State
March 2, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 23/24 University of Georgia softball team split a pair of decisions on Saturday, March 2 on the second day of the Fifth Annual Bulldog Invitational at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. Georgia picked up a 9-1 win over Indiana State in the first game of the day before falling 3-0 to North Dakota State. Georgia is now 10-7 on the season.
Georgia 9, Indiana State 1
The Bulldogs tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-0 lead over the Sycamores. With runners at first and second, Kaylee Puailoa doubled off the center field wall to score the first run of the inning. Katie Browne then drove in the second run with an RBI-groundout to third.
Georgia extended its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, a Tess Sito double to center put a runner in scoring position for Anna Swafford who singled up the middle. Sito scored on a Wilson sacrifice. With two away and a runner at third, Geri Ann Glasco doubled to center to score Swafford and give the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead.
The Sycamores got a run back in the top of the fifth, on a RBI-single by Shelby Wilson that scored Alexa Cavin, who reached on a fielder's choice. The single was the first hit allowed by Glasco. Following the run, Glasco retired the final two batters to end the inning with Georgia holding a 5-1 lead.
Swafford drove in Georgia's sixth run of the game in the bottom of the fifth on a long triple to left center field. Niaja Griffin showed off her speed by beating the throw from the pitcher to reach on an infield single. With two away, Swafford belted a triple up the middle to give the Bulldogs a 6-1 lead. Wilson followed with a triple of her own that scored Swafford and extended Georgia's lead to 7-1. The two triples marked the first time since 2009 that the Bulldogs recorded two triples in a single game.
A two run sixth inning sealed Georgia's 9-1, six-inning win. A single and a pair of walks loaded the bases for Christine Olney who doubled up the middle that scored Browne and Puailoa to seal the win.
Glasco took the win to move to 6-1 on the season. She allowed just one run on one hit in 5.0 innings in the circle. Chelsea Wilkinson came on in relief to throw the final inning, allowing just one hit and striking out two.
North Dakota State 3, Georgia 0
North Dakota State took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run home run by Amanda Grable.
Georgia's first base runner of the game came in the bottom of the third when Olney reached on a two-base fielding error by NDSU. Trying to move to third on a passed ball, Olney was thrown out at third, ending the scoring chance for the Bulldogs.
The Bison extended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the sixth after Alex Sobrero led off with a double to the left field corner. Sobrero scored on a RBI-single by Maritza Lopez-Portillo two batters later.
Wilson gave Georgia its first hit of the game with a single up the middle in the bottom of the seventh. Wilson was left stranded as the final outs of the game were recording, sealing North Dakota State's 3-0 win.
Sito suffered the loss for the Bulldogs to fall to 1-1 on the year. She allowed two runs on four hits in two innings of work. Morgan Montemayor threw five innings in relief, allowed just one run on four hits and struck out three.
The Bulldogs return to action tomorrow, March 3, when it hosts a double-header against the Radford Highlanders. The first game is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., with the second game to follow approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of game one.