March 11, 2012
STARKVILLE, Miss. – The seventh-ranked University of Georgia softball team recorded its second shutout in as many days as it defeated Mississippi State 5-0 in Starkville, Miss. The Bulldogs took the series from MSU and improved to 21-3 overall and 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State dropped 15-9 on the season and 1-3 in league play.
Erin Arevalo threw her fourth complete game shutout of the year to improve to 8-1. The senior allowed just three hits and struck out eight. Kylie Vry suffered the loss to fall to 4-3 on the season. Vry allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks in three innings in the circle. Lindsey Dunlap and Stephanie Becker combined for four innings of relief, giving up one run on two hits and a walk.
Georgia opened up to a 3-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Sito led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch. With one away, Goulder singled to third and allowed Sito to score, putting Georgia up 1-0. After stealing second, Goulder moved to third on a strikeout. Anna Swafford drew a walk that put runners at the corners for Griffin. Griffin took the first pitch she saw down right field line for a two-run triple that scored both Goulder and Wilson and extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-0.
The Bulldogs added to their lead in the top of the third. Sito took advantage of a MSU error to reach. With two outs and the bases loaded, Goulder hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Sito from second and extended Georgia’s lead to 4-0.
Mississippi State threatened in the bottom of the third, picking up two hits and putting a pair of runners in scoring position. Arevalo was able to induce a groundout and a strikeout to end the inning.
The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the top of the seventh, as Griffin led off the inning with an infield single. She moved to second when Ashley Pauly laid down a sacrifice bunt. With one out, Ashley Razey singled to right center that scored Griffin from second and extended Georgia’s lead to 5-0.
Georgia returns to action on Wednesday evening when it travels to Atlanta, Ga., to take on rival Georgia Tech at 6:30 p.m.