March 13, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. - Christine Olney went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs as the No. 25 University of Georgia softball team handed the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets a 14-1 loss at a rowdy Mewborn Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The win moves Georgia to 18-7 on the year, as Georgia Tech drops to 13-13. The meeting is the first of two between the teams this season, as the Yellow Jackets make the return trip to Athens on April 3. Each player in Georgia's starting lineup recorded a hit. The win also marks the seventh time in eight games that Georgia has scored at least 10 runs. It is also the 11th time in 12 games that the Bulldogs have recorded at least 10 hits.
Geri Ann Glasco improved to 10-1 on the year, allowing just one run on five hits in six innings of work. Morgan Montemayor also saw time in the circle, recording the final three outs for the Bulldogs, including two by strikeout. Hope Rush suffered the loss to fall to 6-8 on the year. Rush allowed six runs on eight hits and three walks in six innings of work. Ashley Clifton also saw time for the Yellow Jackets, throwing one inning of relief and giving up eight runs on eight hits and two walks.
Georgia Tech took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. A pair of singles put runners at the corners for the Jackets before a RBI-groundout off the bat of Katie Johnsky drove in the first run of the game.
The Bulldogs answered in the top of the second to tie the game at 1-1. Tina Iosefa led off with a walk before Niaja Griffin came on to pinch run and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tess Sito. With two away, Olney came through with a RBI-single to right field to score Griffin from second. The hit extended Olney's hitting streak to eight games and tied the game at one.
A pitcher's duel ensued over the next three-and-a-half innings before Kaylee Puailoa delivered a one-out double off the wall in right center. Sito was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second for Olney, who drove in the second and third runs of the game that gave the Bulldogs 3-1 lead, its first lead of the night.
The Bulldogs broke open the game in the top of the seventh, adding 11 runs to make it a 14-1 game. Anna Swafford and Paige Wilson led off the inning with a pair of singles to put runners at first and second for Glasco who singled to left center to score Swafford and put the Bulldogs up 4-1. Iosefa followed with Georgia's third double of the game to score Wilson from third, giving Georgia a 5-1 lead. Sito then hit into a fielder's choice to extend Georgia's lead to 6-1, as Katie Sowers beat the throw from short. Olney recorded her third hit of the game with a RBI-infield single that resulted in a 7-1 Georgia lead. Browne then drove a pitch to left center that scored Sito and Puailoa and extended Georgia's lead to 9-1. Swafford followed with a bases-loaded walk that made it a 10-1 game. Wilson drove in two more runs on a single up the middle that brought the score to 12-1. Georgia added the final two runs of the game, extending its lead to 14-1, when Swafford scored as Wilson was caught in a rundown at first before Iosefa belted her sixth home run in six days.
Georgia begins Southeastern Conference action this weekend when it travels to Auburn, Ala., to take on the Auburn Tigers for a three-game series that begins Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. The teams will then play on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. The final two games will begin at 1 p.m.