March 9, 2013
ROCK HILL, S.C. - The No. 24 University of Georgia softball team picked up a pair wins over Kent State and Western Illinois on Saturday, March 9, at the Winthrop/adidas Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. Georgia powered its way to an 8-1 win over Kent State before defeating Western Illinois 13-3 in six innings.
With the wins, Georgia improves to 16-7 on the year and is now 4-0 in the tournament. In today's games, Bulldog pitchers held their opponents to a .089 batting average, while the offense 21 runs on 22 hits and hit at a .407 clip.
Georgia 8, Kent State 1
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first against Kent State. Anna Swafford, who went 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored, was hit by a pitch to lead things off for the Bulldogs. She came around to score when Paige Wilson singled to left. With two on, Tess Sito reached on an error, allowing pinch runner Maya Branch to score the third run of the inning.
Georgia added a run in the bottom of the second when Swafford singled through the left side, allowing Samantha LaZear, who reached on a single, to cross the plate.
Georgia got two runs on two hits in the bottom of the third to extend its lead to 6-0. Kaylee Puailoa drew a one-out walk and scored on a double to right center off the bat of Sito. Christine Olney followed with a double of her own that drove Sito in and gave Georgia its 6-0 lead.
Kent State got one run back in the top of the fourth when Shelbi Tilton reached on a fielder's choice that drove in Kim Kirkpatrick and made it a 6-1 game.
Georgia answered with a run in the bottom of the frame, when Swafford hit her third home run of the weekend to lead off the Georgia fourth.
The final Bulldog run came in the bottom of the sixth. Swafford led off with a bunt single and moved around the bases on a single and a stolen base. With one away, Wilson stole second, allowing Swafford to score on the throw.
Geri Ann Glasco improved to 9-1 on the season in the complete-game, one hitter. She allowed one run on one hit and struck out seven. Emma Johnson took the loss to fall to 4-5 on the year. Johnson gave up four runs, two of which were earned, on three hits and two walks in two innings of work.
Georgia 13, Western Illinois 3
For the fourth game this weekend, Georgia scored in the first inning on its way to a 13-3, six-inning win over Western Illinois. With one out, Wilson and Glasco hit back-to-back singles that put runners aboard for Tina Iosefa. Iosefa then delivered a three-run home run over the center field wall that put Georgia up 3-0 in the first.
The Leathernecks answered in the bottom of the second when Monica Rondon led off the frame with a solo home run to right that cut the lead to 3-1. Western Illinois looked to add to its lead, loading the bases with no outs, but Chelsea Wilkinson settled in and got the final three batters outs, including a strikeout to end the inning.
The Bulldogs put up two in the top of the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Iosefa led off with a walk, putting a runner aboard for Sito, who tripled to right field and extended the Bulldog lead to 4-1. She scored during the next at bat when Olney singled up the middle for the fifth run of the game.
Western Illinois got a run back in the bottom of the fourth when Teagan Walsh homered to right field. Wilkinson retired the next three batters in order to end the inning.
Georgia got two runs on three hits in the top of the fifth to take a 7-2 lead. Wilson recorded her second home run of the weekend with a one-out solo shot to center. After a Glasco walk, Iosefa doubled to right to drive in the second run of the inning and make it a 7-2 game.
The Leathernecks scored a run in the bottom of the fifth on a Georgia error that made it a 7-3 game. Georgia then put up six runs in the top of the sixth to take a 13-3 lead. Katie Browne led things off with a single through the right side. A walk and a fielding error loaded the bases for Glasco, who hit a two-run single to right to make a 9-3 game. With runners at first and third, Iosefa belted her second three-run home run of the day to give Georgia a 12-3 lead. Puailoa followed with a solo home run of her own, the 15th round-tripper of the weekend for Georgia, that extended Georgia's lead to 13-3. Western Illinois went three up, three down in the bottom of the frame to seal the Georgia win.
Wilkinson got the win for the Bulldogs to improve to 2-1 on the season. She allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on three hits and four walks while striking out three in 4.1 innings of work. Morgan Montemayor also saw time in the circle for the Bulldogs, throwing 1.2 perfect innings of relief.
Georgia wraps up action at the Winthrop/adidas Classic tomorrow afternoon, March 10, when it takes on North Carolina A&T at noon.