No. 18/19 Georgia Sweeps Day One of UGA Softball Invitational

March 7, 2014

ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 18/19 Georgia softball team took care of business with a doubleheader sweep of Tennessee Tech and Kent State on the first day of the UGA Softball Invitational at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. Georgia handed Tennessee Tech a 3-1 loss in the first game of the day before defeating Kent State 4-1 in the nightcap. With the wins, the Bulldogs improve to 18-2 on the year. 

Bulldogs were led by fantastic pitching performances by Chelsea Wilkinson and Geri Ann Glasco. Between the two games Georgia gave up just two runs and four hits.

 

Georgia 3, Tennessee Tech 1
Box Score

Georgia earned a 3-1 victory over Tennessee Tech in the first game of the day.  The Bulldogs' strong performance was anchored by a stellar game from Wilkinson. 

Wilkinson was perfect through five innings on her way to a complete-game performance.  She allowed one run on three hits, while striking out 10 batters to get the win that saw her improve to 9-2 on the year. Hannah Weaver suffered the loss to fall to 2-6 overall. She allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk in the complete-game performance. She also struck out two.

Sophomore Tina Iosefa led the offense in the game, going 2-for-3 with two triples, a run and a RBI. The game marked the first time that Iosefa recorded two triples in a game, getting the distinction after hitting triples in consecutive at bats.

Georgia took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Anna Swafford reached first after taking a pitch to the shoulder. Two batters later Alex Hugo blooped one in between three Tennessee Tech fielders for a double that scored Swafford.

Iosefa led off the fourth with her first triple of the game, a soaring fly ball which hit off the left field wall. Katie Browne dropped a double into left center field scoring Iosefa and giving Georgia a two run lead at 2-0.

Iosefa's second triple of the game, and third of her career, came with two outs in fifth and one runner on. With a runner at third, Iosefa belted the pitch off the wall in right center that scored pinch runner Katie Sowers and put Georgia up 3-0.

Tennessee Tech's one run came on a solo home run by Angi Sakamoto in the top of the seventh. Wilkinson settled in and recorded the final three outs to seal the 3-1 win for Georgia. 

 

Georgia 4, Kent State 1
Box Score

Georgia defeated Kent State 4-1 in the nightcap. The Bulldogs got another spectacular performance from the circle, as Glasco twirled a complete game one-hitter.

Glasco was tremendous from the circle, allowing just one run on one hit and three walks. She also tied her career-best by striking out nine batters on her way to a win that drove her record to 9-0. Ronnie Landines took the loss for Kent State to fall to 1-2 on the year. She allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on nine hits and a walk. She also struck out seven batters.

Kaylee Puailoa went 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Hugo added two hits, a run and a RBI to lead the Bulldogs offensively.

Hugo led off the second with a double over the head of the first baseman. Puailoa followed with a sharp single to left that scored Hugo and gave Georgia a 1-0 lead.

Puailoa picked up two more RBIs in the third with a clutch, bases-loaded single that fell between the second baseman and center fielder.  Swafford, who singled, and Glasco, who reached on a dropped fly ball, both crossed home on Puailoa's single that put the Bulldogs up 3-0.

The fourth and final run for Georgia came in the fifth when Wilson led off with a double to the right field corner. Two batters later, Hugo drove in Wilson with a liner off the glove of the Kent State pitcher and through the left side, putting the Bulldogs up 4-0 and giving Hugo her team-leading 20th RBI of the season.

Kent State avoided the shutout with a home run in the top of the seventh, but Glasco got the final batter to strike out to seal the 4-1 win for the Bulldogs.

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