March 22, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Paige Wilson went 3-for-4 and hit a two-run home run to lead the No. 23/24 University of Georgia softball team to a 6-0 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels, on Friday, March 22 at Jack Turner Stadium. Georgia improved to 23-7 overall and 4-0 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Rebels dropped to 19-16 and 1-6 in the SEC.
Geri Ann Glasco (14-1) got the start and notched the win for the Bulldogs after refusing to give up a hit and walking just one batter in four innings of work. Chelsea Wilkinson came to the circle as relief in the top of the fifth and pitched a solid three innings, giving up just one hit and recording three strike outs.
Carly Hummel (8-9), who suffered the loss for Ole Miss, threw five innings and gave up nine hits and five runs, all of which were earned. Georgia chased Hummel from the circle and Ole Miss turned to Erinn Jayjohn at the bottom of the sixth. Jayjohn allowed two hits and the final run of the game.
Anna Swafford led off the game for Georgia with a walk just before Wilson belted a home run over the right field wall, giving Georgia an early 2-0 advantage. The round-tripper marked the second time in as many games that Wilson has hit a first-inning home run.
In the top of the third, Melina Preciado was on her way home, but Wilson made a fielder's choice and threw the ball to Katie Browne at the plate who stopped Preciado in her tracks, keeping the Rebels scoreless.
After striking out Brittany Broome to end the top of the third, Glasco led off the bottom of the third with no-doubter high and deep over the right field wall to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. Two batters later, Tess Sito hit the third home run of the day over the right-center field wall, putting the Bulldogs up 4-0. Browne laced a long single to left field, driving in Christine Olney and bringing Georgia's lead to 5-0.
After a pitchers' duel that spanned the fourth and fifth innings, the Bulldogs crossed the plate again in the sixth, when Glasco hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield and brought Swafford, who reached on a single, home to extend Georgia's lead to 6-0. Wilkinson retired the side in the seventh to seal the victory for the Bulldogs.
The series against Ole Miss is scheduled to continue on Saturday, March 23 at Jack Turner Stadium. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m., but may change due the threat of inclement weather. Please check back to www.georgiadogs.com for scheduling updates.