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.
Georgia 3, Tennessee Tech 1
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
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.