March 8, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - No. 18/19 Georgia got its 20th win of the season when it swept a softball doubleheader against Kent State and Purdue on Saturday, March 8 in the UGA Softball Invitational at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. Georgia started the day with a 5-2 win over Kent State before taking a 6-1 decision over Purdue in its second game of the day. The Bulldogs are now 20-2 on the year.
Both of Georgia's starting pitcher got their 10th wins of the season, as Chelsea Wilkinson got the complete-game win against Kent State and Geri Ann Glasco threw a complete-game for the win against Purdue.
Georgia concludes the UGA Softball Invitational tomorrow, March 9, when it takes on Purdue at 11:30 a.m.
Georgia 5, Kent State 2
Georgia used a five run sixth inning to take a 5-2 win over Kent State in the first game of the doubleheader.
Wilkinson became Georgia's first 10-win pitcher of the season her complete-game performance. She allowed two runs on three hits and struck out seven batters to get the win and improve to 10-2 on the year. Emma Johnson took the loss to drop to 6-3 overall. She allowed five runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and four walks while striking out five in 5.2 innings of work. Alyssa Frankenfield threw the final 0.1 innings and gave up one walk.
Anna Swafford and Wilson each recorded two hits on the day and combined for two runs and three RBI to lead the Bulldogs at the plate.
Kent State struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after a pair of walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with one away. A wild pitch plated the first run of the game, but Wilkinson settled in and retired the next two batters in order.
The offenses were quiet over the next four innings, with neither team able to plate a run. Kent State added a run in the top of the sixth inning with a leadoff home run to left that made it a 2-0 game.
Georgia answered with five runs in the home half of the sixth inning to take a 5-2 lead. Pinch hitter Niaja Griffin led off the inning by reaching on a fielding error by the Kent State pitcher. After Bethany Beggs legged out a bunt single, Swafford lined a single to shallow center that loaded the bases for Wilson. Wilson doubled down the left field line and into the corner, scoring Griffin, Beggs and Swafford to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead. With two outs and Wilson at third, Hugo hit Georgia's first home run of the weekend with a no-doubter off of the scoreboard in left center that put Georgia up 5-2.
Kent State had one last chance to retake the lead in the top of the seventh, but Wilkinson retired the side in order to seal the 5-2 win.
Georgia 6, Purdue 1
Georgia scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and went on to beat the Purdue Boilermakers 6-1 in game two of Saturday's double-header.
Glasco also got to 10 wins on the day after improving to 10-0 on the season in the complete-game performance. She allowed just one run on seven hits and struck out three. Lexy Moore took the loss to fall to 1-6 on the year. She allowed four runs on nine hit and two walks in four innings of work. Alex Whittemore threw the final two innings, allowing two runs, only one of which was earned, on three hits and a walk.
Hugo had another fantastic game at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two runs scored. Swafford and Maeve McGuire each recorded two RBIs for the Bulldogs' offense.
Purdue got on the board first in the top of the second inning, as Danielle Fletcher hammered a two-out double into centerfield. Fletcher's double scored the runner at third, giving Purdue a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the second.
Purdue's lead was short lived, however, as Hugo started the bottom of the second inning off with her team-leading eighth home run of the season. The solo shot off of the scoreboard tied the game up at 1-1.
Purdue looked to take the lead in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with just one out. Glasco was able to buckle down and force back-to-back pop outs to get out of the jam unharmed, keeping the 1-1 tie in tact.
The Bulldogs finally broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Swafford blasted a two run homer to right-center field. Samantha LaZear led off the inning with a bunt single before Swafford stepped up to the plate and hit her fourth homer of the season, giving Georgia a 3-1 lead.
Georgia added two more later in the inning after loading the bases with one out. After a fielder's choice got the second out, McGuire pinch hit for Beggs and delivered a two-run single into center field to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 5-1 and cap off the four run fifth inning.
The Bulldogs added another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. After Swafford reached on a throwing error by Purdue's Whittemore, Wilson lined a single into left center field that drove in Swafford to extend Georgia's lead to 6-1.
Purdue looked to answer in the top of the seventh, getting a two-out single and walk. Glasco settled in to and got the final batter to pop out to short to preserve the 6-1 win for the Bulldogs.