March 3, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Paige Wilson led the No. 23/24 University of Georgia softball team to a pair of wins over the Radford Highlanders on the final day of the Fifth Annual Bulldog Invitational at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga., on Sunday, March 3. Georgia won the first game 10-2 before handing the Highlanders a 12-0 loss, both of which were in five innings. Wilson hit a two-run walk off home run in the first game before hitting her second grand slam of the weekend in game two. The wins move Georgia to 12-7 on the year.
Georgia 10, Radford 2
Anna Swafford continued to swing a hot back in game one, leading off with a double off the left centerfield wall. Geri Ann Glasco followed with a walk to put two runners on for Tina Iosefa who sent the first pitch she saw deep over the right field wall for her first career home run. The home run gave Georgia an early 2-0 lead
The Bulldogs tacked on four runs in the bottom of the third to extend its lead to 7-0. With a runner on, Kaylee Puailoa belted a two-run home run to right field to put the Bulldogs up 5-0. After a pair of singles by Katie Browne and Niaja Griffin, Christine Olney hit a bases clearing double to left center to make it a 7-0 game.
The Highlanders got two runs back in the top of the fourth on a two-run single by Emily Naegele. A walk and a fielder's choice put runners on for Naegele, who drove the pitch between the fielders in left to cut Georgia's lead to 7-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, Samantha LaZear reached on a one-out error that brought Swafford to the plate. Swafford then tripled to score LaZear and make it an 8-2 game. Wilson hit the game-winning, two-run home run came during the next at bat, securing Georgia's 10-2, five-inning win.
Glasco threw a complete game, allowing two runs on three hits and was one strikeout shy of her season best with eight. The win improved Glasco to 7-1 on the season.
Georgia 12, Radford 0
Georgia got off to a strong start in the second game, scoring nine runs in the first inning. Swafford led off the game with a solo home run to left field to put the Bulldogs up 1-0. Wilson then doubled to left and scored one batter later when Glasco doubled to left to extend Georgia's lead to 2-0. With the bases loaded after an Iosefa walk and a Tess Sito bunt single, Puailoa drew a bases-loaded walk to make it a 3-0 game. A fielding error and an Olney single allowed Iosefa and Sito to score to make it a 5-0 game. With the bases loaded, Wilson launched her second grand slam of the weekend over the right field wall to extend Georgia's lead to 9-0
Georgia added two runs in the bottom of the second to take an 11-0 lead. Sito singled to reach and was doubled home by Katie Browne. Browne scored the final run of the inning on a Griffin single to right field.
After a scoreless third inning, the Bulldogs added one run on three hits in the bottom of the fourth. Glasco led off with an infield single and moved to second when Puailoa singled back to the circle. With runners at first and second, Browne doubled to right to send Glasco home and give Georgia its 12th run of the game.
Chelsea Wilkinson threw a complete-game no hitter in her first win of the season that moved her to 1-1 on the year. She also struck out six batters and was just four over facing the minimum.
Georgia returns to action next weekend, March 8-10, when it heads to Rock Hill, S.C., to take part in the Winthrop Invitational, hosted by Winthrop University. During the three-day tournament, the Bulldogs will face North Carolina A&T, Western Illinois, Delaware State, Kent State and Winthrop. The first game of the tournament is scheduled for Friday, March 8 at 2 p.m., against Delaware State.