March 15, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - The 25th-ranked University of Georgia softball team picked up a 9-3 win over the Auburn Tigers in its Southeastern Conference opener on Friday, March 15 at Moore Field in Auburn, Ala. The Bulldogs moved to 19-7 on the year and 1-0 in the SEC, while Auburn fell to 20-8 and 1-3 in league play.
Geri Ann Glasco earned her 11th win of the season to improve to 11-1 on the year. She allowed three runs on nine hits in the complete game performance. Hilary Mavromat suffered the loss to drop to 5-3 on the year. She allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in two innings of work.
Georgia took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first after Anna Swafford led off the game with a single to put a runner on for Wilson who lifted a ball over the left centerfield wall to give the Bulldogs the early lead.
The Bulldogs used a three run third to extend its lead to 5-0. Glasco led off with a single off the right field wall. Iosefa then belted a home run high and deep over the center field wall to make it a 4-0 game. The homer was Iosefa's fourth in four games. Kaylee Puailoa followed with a double down the right field line to put a runner at second for Christine Olney, who extended her hit streak to nine games with a RBI-single to make it a 5-0 game.
Auburn got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the third after an error and a single put runners on for Lathan, who delivered a RBI single to left field that made it a 5-1 game. The second run came two batters later on a fielder's choice by Carosone.
The Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the fourth that cut Georgia's lead to 5-3. A one-out single put McKenzie Kirkpatrick at first for Estell who doubled to right to score Kirkpatrick for a two-out RBI.
The Bulldogs tacked on three runs in the top of the sixth to make it an 8-3 game. Katie Browne led off the inning with a single before Katie Sowers, who came in to pinch run, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Samantha LaZear. Wilson recorded a RBI-single the scored Sowers for Georgia's sixth run of the game. Glasco followed with a long single to left that scored Wilson and extended the Bulldog lead to 7-3. The ball was misplayed, allowing Glasco to move to third for Iosefa, who singled to short and drove in Glasco for the eighth Georgia run of the game.
Georgia scored one run on four errors in the top of the seventh. Tess Sito, Olney and Browne each reached on Auburn fielding errors, with Sito coming around to score on a wild pitch to extend the Bulldog lead to 9-3.
Georgia and Auburn will play again tomorrow at 2 p.m.