March 23, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. – A five-run fourth inning keyed the No. 11/12 Georgia softball team to an 8-4 win over the Ole Miss Rebels in the first game of a three-game series on Friday night. With the win, Georgia moves to 25-5 overall and 5-2 in the Southeastern Conference. With the loss, the Rebels fall to 13-13 overall and 2-4 in the SEC.
Erin Arevalo got the start in the predetermined split and moved to 11-2 on the year. The senior threw five perfect innings, striking out five of the 16 batters she faced. Morgan Montemayor came on in relief and threw two innings, allowing four runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out three.
Kendall Bruning suffered the loss to drop to 11-5 on the year. She allowed eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits and four walks, while striking out eight.
Ashley Razey led the way for the Bulldogs, finishing 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of singles and a home run. Kristyn Sandberg was 1-for-3 with a home run. Tess Sito, Sandberg and Razey each scored two runs.
After a scoreless first, Sandberg got the Bulldogs on the board with a solo shot to left center to open the top of the second and give Georgia a 1-0 lead. Razey followed with a single, but a double play ball ended the inning for Georgia.
Georgia loaded the bases with nobody out in the top of the fourth, as Ashley Pauly and Sito were each hit by a pitch and Sandberg drew a walk. Razey delivered a single up the middle that scored Pauly and Sito and put Georgia up 3-0. Christine Olney took a 1-1 pitch up the middle to score Sandberg and make it a 4-0 game. A pair of two-out infield singles by Gracie Goulder and Macie Couey allowed Razey and Olney to cross the plate and extend Georgia’s lead to 6-0.
Ole Miss answered in the bottom of the fourth to cut Georgia’s lead back to four with a two-run home run off the bat of Allison Brown to make it a 6-2 game.
Georgia got the two runs back in the top of the fifth with the help of a two-run home run by Razey. Sito led off the inning with a four-pitch walk. With one out, Razey belted a home run to center that scored Sito and put Georgia up 8-2.
Ole Miss added two runs in the bottom of the sixth that made it an 8-4 game, with the help of a one-run single by Brown and a RBI-double by Bruning. Arevalo re-entered the game and retired the final two batters, stranding two Rebels.
Georgia and Ole Miss return to action Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET.