March 29, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The No. 13/14 Georgia softball team dropped a 6-3 decision to the No. 16/19 Missouri Tigers on Saturday, March 29 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. The Bulldogs fall to 29-5 on the year and 5-3 in Southeastern Conference play. Missouri improves to 25-8 overall and 4-4 in league action.
Geri Ann Glasco got the start and suffered the loss to fall to 13-2 on the year. She allowed six runs on six hits and three walks in 6.1 innings of work. Casey Stangel earned the win to improve to 12-4 overall. She allowed three runs on five hits and one walk in the complete game performance.
Paige Wilson led the Bulldogs offensively, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI.
Missouri got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on a RBI-single by Mackenzie Sykes. The Tigers added a run in the bottom of the second on a two-out RBI-single by Sami Fagan.
After two quick outs in the top of the third, Anna Swafford legged out an infield single to reach first. With a runner at first, Wilson took a pitch high and deep over the right center field wall for a home run, her eighth of the year, to tie the game at 2-2. It was the second home run hit by the junior this weekend.
The Bulldogs took their first lead of the game at 3-2 in the top of the fourth. Kaylee Puailoa led off the inning with a double off the wall in right center. Pinch runner Niaja Griffin moved to third on a fly out and scored when Tina Iosefa hit a pinch hit sacrifice fly to center. The fly ball allowed Griffin to tag and race home, beating the throw by sliding around the catcher for the go-ahead run.
Georgia had a chance to add to its lead in the top of the sixth after Wilson beat out the throw for a bunt single. A walk and a fielder's choice put runners at first and third, but a double-play ended the inning, stranding the runner at third. It was just the second runner stranded in the game for the Bulldogs.
The game entered the bottom of the seventh inning with the Bulldogs holding a 3-2 lead. Taylor Gadbois led off the inning with a single and stole second. Gadbois scored on a single by Angela Randazzo, tying the game at 3-3. After a single put two on, Sykes hit a walk-off home run that sealed Missouri's 6-3 win.
The Bulldogs and Tigers conclude the series tomorrow, March 30, at 1 p.m. ET.