March 8, 2013
ROCK HILL, S.C. - The No. 24 University of Georgia softball team broke several records on its way to an 18-0, five-inning win over the Delaware State Hornets and a 12-3, six-inning win over the Winthrop Eagles on Friday afternoon, March 8, at the Winthrop/adidas Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. The wins moved Georgia to 14-7 on the season. Delaware State dropped to 1-9, while Winthrop fell to 8-11 on the year.
Among the records that the Bulldogs broke in their 18-0 win over Delaware State was home runs in a game. Georgia hit a school-record seven home runs, besting the previous record of six, set last year against Cal State Fullerton. The Bulldogs crossed the plate 13 times in the bottom of the second, tying the single inning record that was set in 2010 against Bowling Green. Georgia also sent 18 batters to the plate in the second, breaking the previous record of 17, also set against Bowling Green in 2010.
As a team, Georgia hit .492 over two games, while holding its opponents to a .195 average. The Bulldogs also totaled 10 home runs and four doubles, while slugging 1.049 as a team.
Georgia 18, Delaware State 0 (Five Innings)
Anna Swafford, who went four-for-four with four runs scored and four RBI, set the tone by taking the first pitch of the game over the left field wall to put Georgia up 1-0. Paige Wilson followed with a solo shot on the next pitch that made it a 2-0 game. Geri Ann Glasco picked up Georgia's third home run of the inning during the next at bat with a solo blast to center, giving Georgia a 3-0 lead.
Georgia's historic 13-run inning started when Samantha LaZear led off with a double to shallow right and moved to third on a wild pitch. Swafford followed with her second home run in as many at bats, this time a two-run blast to right center that extended Georgia's lead to 5-0. With one away, Glasco doubled off the center field wall, giving Tina Iosefa a runner in scoring position. With Tiesha Reed pinch running, Iosefa singled to right, scoring Reed, which made it a 6-0 game. After an RBI-single by Tess Sito, Christine Olney delivered a home run to center, the first of her career, extending Georgia's lead to 9-0. Katie Browne followed with her first career home run, which made it a 10-0 game. After a LaZear double, Swafford singled to the pitcher, allowing LaZear to cross the plate for the second time, extending Georgia's lead to 11-0. An RBI-single off the bat of Glasco made it a 12-0 game and put runners at first and third for Iosefa, who homered down the right field line, resulting in a 15-0 Georgia lead. A pair of singles put runners in scoring position for Olney, who singled, and an error by the Hornets allowed the 13th and final run of the inning to score, giving the Bulldogs a 16-0 lead.
Georgia tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third, resulting in an 18-0 Georgia lead. With one out, Swafford and Wilson each singled, putting runners on for Glasco, who hit an RBI-single to right. Iosefa drove in the final Georgia run of the game on a sacrifice fly to right field.
Morgan Montemayor threw a gem, giving up just one hit in a complete-game shutout that improved her record to 4-4 on the year. Montemayor also struck out 11 batters, one shy of her career-best and walked just one batter.
Georgia 12, Winthrop 3 (Six Innings)
The hit-fest continued in the second game of the day, as the Bulldogs powered their way to a 12-3 win over tournament-host Winthrop. Georgia tallied 10 hits, including three home runs and a double.
For the fourth game in a row, Georgia scored in the first inning. With one out, Swafford drew a walked and moved to third on a stolen base and groundout. Glasco drove a pitch up the middle for an RBI-single that put the Bulldogs up 1-0.
Georgia added four runs in the top of the second to extend its lead to 5-0. After a walk by Olney, a Browne single and a bunt single by LaZear loaded the bases for the Bulldogs, Swafford reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Olney and Browne to score, putting Georgia up 3-0. Wilson then delivered a single to center that drove in Swafford and LaZear and made it a 5-0 game.
In the top of the third, Georgia added one run to make it a 6-0 game. With two outs, Olney hit her second home run of the day, allowed Georgia to extend its lead. Winthrop got three runs back in the bottom of the inning on a three-run home run by Chelsey Schoenfeldt.
Georgia answered with three runs of its own in the top of the fourth, extending its lead over the Eagles to 9-3. LaZear led off with her second bunt single of the game and stole second, putting a runner in scoring position for Wilson, who delivered a RBI-single to center that made it a 7-3 game. Iosefa then hit a two-run home run to left center that scored the final two runs of the inning for Georgia.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the Bulldogs scored three runs on two hits in the top of the sixth to make it a 12-3 game. With two away and runners at first and second, Kaylee Puailoa belted a two-run home run to deep center field, allowing Georgia to take a 12-3 lead.
Winthrop got two runners on in the bottom of the sixth, but Glasco struck the final Winthrop batter out, sealing the 12-3 Bulldog win.
Glasco improved to 8-1 on the year in the complete-game performance. She allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks, while tying her career-best with eight strikeouts.
Georgia returns to action tomorrow, March 9, when it takes on Kent State at 1 p.m., and Western Illinois at 3 p.m.