March 19, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 14/14 Georgia softball team picked up a 5-1 win over Gardner-Webb on Wednesday, March 19 at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. With the win, Georgia is off to its best start in program history at 26-2 on the year, while Gardner-Webb dropped to 10-18.
Geri Ann Glasco got the start in the circle for the Bulldogs and went the distance to improve to 12-0. She allowed one run on three hits, while tying her career-best with nine strikeouts. Jessica Childers suffered the loss to fall to 6-9 overall. She allowed three runs on five hits in 4.1 innings of work. Ashley Rhyne also saw action for Gardner-Webb, throwing the final 1.2 innings. She gave up two runs on two hits and three walks.
Gardner-Webb took an early 1-0 in the top of the third inning on a leadoff home run by Scarlett Harris. After a walk, Glasco settled in and struck the final three batters out to end the inning.
The Bulldogs answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth that put them up 2-1. With one out, Alex Hugo hit her fourth home run in as many games with a solo shot over the center field wall to tie the game at 1-.. Kaylee Puailoa was then hit by a pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch. With a runner at third after a groundout, Katie Browne singled into the gap in shallow left field, scoring pinch runner Katie Sowers for the go-ahead run that put Georgia up 2-1.
Georgia added a run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-1 lead when Paige Wilson hit a home run into the pines beyond the right field wall. The home run forced Gardner-Webb to go into its bullpen for Rhyne, who, after walking Glasco, retired the final two batters in order to end the inning.
The Bulldogs plated two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 5-1 lead. After driving in the go-ahead run in the fourth, Browne gave Georgia a run of insurance with a solo home run down the left field line that put the Bulldogs up 4-1. Bethany Beggs then walked on four pitches to put a runner at first with one out. Pinch runner Niaja Griffin stole second and scored on an infield chopper off the bat of Samantha LaZear that made it a 5-1 game.
Gardner-Webb looked to rally in the top of the seventh with a two-out single, but Glasco picked up her ninth strikeout of the day to seal the 5-1 win for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs get back in action this weekend, March 21-23, when they travel to College Station, Texas to face the No. 15/18 Texas A&M Aggies in Southeastern Conference action. The first game is set for Friday, March 21 at 8 p.m. ET.