March 21, 2012
ATHENS, Ga.--The No. 11 University of Georgia softball team (24-5) cruised to a 6-0 victory against Georgia State (20-8) on Wednesday night at Jack Turner Stadium.
Georgia used 11 hits on its way to the win, as freshman Gracie Goulder led the way with a 3-for-3 effort followed by senior Ashley Pauly going 2-for-2, including a home run, and junior Tess Sito with a 2-for-3 night at the plate.
Senior Erin Arevalo (10-2) tallied the win after giving up one hit in four innings and striking out five on her way to totaling 101 strikeouts for the season. Sito came in for three innings of relief to keep the one-hitter going and combined for the shutout with Arevalo.
Pauly got Georgia on the board early in the first, as the senior punched out a double and reached third on an error. Sito then put a single through to the outfield to score Pauly and give Georgia a 1-0 advantage.
Georgia's lead extended to 4-0 in the third courtesy of a two-run home run from Pauly for her first of the season and a solo shot by senior Kristyn Sandberg for her eighth of the year.
The Bulldogs closed the win in the fifth after Niaja Griffin and Goulder were able to reach home off of Sito's single through the right side. Goulder opened the inning with a bunt before Griffin's single advanced her to second. Pauly then put down a sacrifice bunt to put the freshmen in scoring position.
Georgia gets back to conference play for a three-game series at Ole Miss starting on Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. ET.