March 16, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. – Kaylee Puailoa went 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs as the No. 25 University of Georgia softball handed the Auburn Tigers a 2-0 loss on Saturday, March 16 in front of a sun-drenched crowd at Jane B. Moore Field in Auburn, Ala. The win gives Georgia its 20th win of the season to improve it to 20-7 and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference action. Auburn drops to 20-9 on the season and 1-4 in the SEC.
Morgan Montemayor pitched a gem, allowing just four hits in the complete game shutout. She also struck out six. Marcy Harper suffered the loss to fall to 10-3 on the year, giving up two runs on six hits and one walk. She also struck out seven.
Auburn got a pair of base runners in the bottom of the first, but a strikeout and a pop out ended the scoring threat.
After four scoreless innings and a combined four hits, the Bulldogs scored the first run of the game in the top of the fifth. Puailoa led off the inning with towering home run to straight away center field to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Tess Sito followed with a triple off the wall in right center, but was thrown out at home as Christine Olney hit into a double play.
Auburn got a pair of base runners in the top of the sixth on a single to right, but Montemayor settled in to get the final batter to fly out to Olney in left.
Georgia added an insurance run and increased its lead to 2-0 in the top of the seventh when Puailoa lifted the ball over the centerfield wall for the second time. The hit was the third hit of the game for Puailoa. Olney followed with a double off the top of the wall in right center before Katie Browne was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with one away. The Bulldogs were unable to tack on another run, as the final two outs were recorded.
Georgia and Auburn will face off tomorrow in the final game of the series. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. ET.