Goler Sets Home Run Record As No. 1 Georgia Sweeps South Carolina
March 16, 2011
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Senior Alisa Goler established a new Georgia career home run record as No. 1 Georgia swept a Southeastern Conference double header at South Carolina on Wednesday, 8-4 and 5-0.
Goler hit a solo home run in each victory as Georgia improved to 23-1 overall and 5-0 in SEC action. Goler's first home run of the day came in the first inning of game one and tied the previous school career home run record of 47 held by Megan McAllister (2004-07). In game two, Goler established the new record of 48 by leading off the sixth inning with a no doubt home run to right.
The home runs from Goler were two of six home runs the Bulldogs hit over the twin bill as Georgia handed South Carolina a pair of losses moving the Gamecocks to 16-9 overall on the year and 3-4 in league play.
Up next, Georgia travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., for a three-game series against No. 2 Alabama this weekend. The Bulldogs and Crimson Tide play Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Saturday contest will be carried by ESPNU with Mark Neely calling the play-by-play and Michele Smith providing color analysis. Georgiadogs.com will carry live audio of the Friday and Sunday contests with Kevin Copp providing the commentary. Live stats for all three games of the series will be available through www.rolltide.com.
Game One: Georgia 8, South Carolina 4
In game one, Georgia staged off a comeback attempt by South Carolina as the Bulldogs outlasted the Gamecocks, 8-4.
After building a 5-0 lead after two innings, Georgia witness South Carolina rally to pull within one at 5-4 in the fifth. However, the Bulldogs picked up three insurance runs in the top of the seventh en route to notching the victory.
Freshman Morgan Montemayor (10-1) earned the win after pitching into the fifth where she was relieved by senior Sarah McCloud. After McCloud got the Bulldogs out of the Gamecocks three-run fifth, she pitched into the sixth before sophomore Alison Owen came on to work the final two innings for her second save of the year.
South Carolina starter Julie Sarratt suffered the loss after allowing Georgia's first five runs in the opening two innings.
In the first, senior Alisa Goler gave Georgia a 1-0 lead on a solo home run to left center. It was the fifth home run of the season for Goler and the 47th of her career, which ties her with Megan McAllister (2004-07) for the UGA career home run record.
In the second, the Bulldogs extended the lead to 5-0 with four more runs as senior Taylor Schlopy started the inning with a solo home run to left. Senior Megan Wiggins was then hit by a pitch, moved to second on a passed ball, took third on a groundout and scored on a single to center from senior Brianna Hesson (3-for-4). Next, junior Kristyn Sandberg (2-for-4, 3 RBI) provided the Bulldogs with a two-run homer to left.
South Carolina began its comeback attempt with a solo run in the third. Lauren Lackey reached on two-out single through the left side, and came around to score on a triple to right center from Samie Garcia (2-for-4).
The Gamecocks then cut the lead to one run at 5-4 with three runs in the fifth. After loading the bases with no outs, Garcia notched a two-run double to center that ended the game for Montemayor. With McCloud in the circle in relief, the damage was limited to just one more run on a sacrifice fly from Laura Mendes.
In the seventh, Georgia earned those three runs back. Wiggins started the inning with a walk, and two batters later, junior Ashley Razey singled to right moving Wiggins to second. Hesson then singled to right picking up one RBI, and a fielding error by the Gamecocks' right fielder Hannah Mikes allowed pinch runner Maya Branch to also score and Hesson to move around to third. Sandberg followed with a double to center to give the game its final margin of 8-4.
Game Two: Georgia 5, South Carolina 0
The second game of the twin bill featured a pitcher's duel in the first half of the contest until Georgia broke open a scoreless tie in the middle innings.
In the fourth, Wiggins took the first pitch of the frame out to left field to end a short no hit bid by South Carolina starter Audrey Broyles and put Georgia up 1-0. In the fifth, singles from juniors Brittney Hubbard and Ashley Pauly extended the inning back to the top of the order, and Schlopy delivered a three-run home run straight-away center to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 4-0.
With the lead in hand, Owen settled in from the circle and went the distance to shutout South Carolina as she limited the Gamecocks to just four hits while striking out six. Owen improved to 8-0 with the victory while Broyles took the loss to fall to 4-2 after pitching 5.0 innings allowing Georgia's first four runs on four hits.
In the sixth, South Carolina turned to Ashley Chastain in relief and Goler greeted her with a solo home run to right to establish the new Georgia career home run record.