March 23, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 14/14 Georgia softball team took a 4-2 win in the rubber game of the Southeastern Conference series against No. 15/18 Texas A&M on Sunday, March 23 at the Aggie Softball Complex in College Station, Texas. With the win, the Bulldogs move to 28-3 on the year and 5-1 in SEC play. Texas A&M falls to 23-9 overall and 4-5 in league play. Georgia has now won both of its SEC series this year.
Chelsea Wilkinson got the win for the Bulldogs, her second of the weekend, after a complete game performance that improved her record to 16-2. She allowed two runs on five hits and struck out five batters. Katie Marks suffered her first loss of the year to fall to 11-1 overall. She allowed three runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out five in five innings in the circle. Abby Donnell came into the circle in the sixth inning and allowed one run on one hit and two walks.
Offensively, Georgia was led by Anna Swafford, who reached base in each of her plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a home run and single. She also walked once and was hit by a pitch once. Alex Hugo went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Geri Ann Glasco provided the go-ahead run with her fifth home run of the year.
Wilkinson made quick work of the Aggies in the first two innings, giving up just one hit, allowing the Georgia offense to get back to work in the top of the third. Swafford took the first pitch of the inning high and deep over the left center field wall for a home run that put the Bulldogs up 1-0. It was the second home run of the weekend for Swafford and her seventh of the season.
The Aggies tied the game at one in the bottom of the fourth inning after Brittany Clopton led off the inning with a single and moved to second on an error during the play. A wild pitch moved her to third before a fielder's choice and an error allowed her to score the tying run. During the play, the runner at third got caught in a 2-5-3 rundown for the second out. The Aggies stranded a pair of runners after a fly out to Samantha LaZear in center ended the inning.
The tie score didn't last long as Geri Ann Glasco led off the top of the fifth with a solo home run to right center that gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs put two more runners aboard in the inning, but couldn't push either across as the final two batters were retired.
Georgia added two runs of insurance in the top of the sixth to take a 4-1 lead. LaZear led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Swafford and Glasco each drew walks to load the bases for Hugo. Hugo took a pitch over the head of the short stop and into left center, scoring LaZear and Swafford to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead.
Texas A&M got a run back in the bottom of the sixth after Clopton hit a leadoff triple. She scored two batters later on a sac fly in foul territory that made it a 4-2 game.
Wilkinson retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh inning to seal Georgia's 4-2 win.
Georgia returns to Athens, Ga., on Wednesday, March 26 at 6 p.m., when it hosts Georgia Southern at Jack Turner Stadium.