March 30, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The No. 22/23 University of Georgia softball team dropped both games of a Southeastern Conference doubleheader to the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Bogle Park in Fayetteville, Ark. The Bulldogs fell 5-3 in game one before dropping an 8-1 decision in the final game of the series. With the losses, Georgia falls to 26-10 on the season and 6-3 in the SEC, while the Razorbacks move to 25-13 and 3-6 in league play.
Game One - Arkansas 5, Georgia 3
After a pitcher's duel spanned the first two innings, the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third. With two away, Niaja Griffin picked up the first hit of the day with a single through the right side and then stole second. With Griffin in scoring position, Paige Wilson doubled to the right field corner that scored Griffin and gave Georgia a 1-0 lead. After a walk to Geri Ann Glasco, Tina Iosefa took advantage of a misplayed ball at short that allowed her to reach and Wilson to score that extended Georgia's lead to 2-0.
Sierra Bronkey led off the bottom of the third with a double off the right field wall and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jayme Gee. After a pair of walks, including an intentional walk to Devon Wallace, loaded the bases, Morgan Montemayor induced a grounder to Anna Swafford at third, who threw to Katie Browne at the plate for the force out that prevented a run from scoring. The Razorbacks took advantage of a Georgia error at third, when a grounder glanced off the glove of Swafford allowing Claire Clark to score and make it a 2-1 game. During the play, Wilson was able to throw the base runner out at second to end the inning and any threat of Arkansas scoring the tying run.
Georgia added a run in the top of the fifth after Swafford led off with an infield single that was placed perfectly between the pitcher and second baseman. After moving to second on a groundout by Griffin, Swafford came around the score on a RBI-single up the middle by Wilson that put the Bulldogs up 3-1.
Down to its final three outs, the Razorbacks loaded the bases with no outs on an error and a pair of singles by Gee and Clark. With the bases loaded, Wallace belted a pitch high over the right center field walk for a walk-off grand slam that gave the Razorbacks the 5-3 victory.
Montemayor took the loss to fall to 6-5 on the season. She allowed five runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out two. Chelsea Cohen picked up the win to move to 12-6 on the season. She allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits and one walk. She also struck out two batters in the complete game performance.
Arkansas 8, Georgia 1
Arkansas took an early lead in the second game of the doubleheader when Wallace led off the bottom of the first with a home run, after ending the first game with a walk off home run. The Razorbacks increased their lead to 2-0 when Chloe Oprzedek hit into a fielder's choice that scored Clarisa Navarro from third. Georgia got out of the inning with a fly out to Christine Olney in left.
Kaylee Puailoa reached in the top of the second on a one-out double to center and moved to third on a fielding error by Bronkey at second. With pinch runner Maya Branch at third, Olney legged out a slow rolling single to short that allowed Branch to score and cut the Arkansas lead in half at 2-1.
Arkansas used a five-run bottom of the second to extend its lead to 7-1. Bronkey led off the inning with a double to left and moved to third on an infield single by Clark. An intentional walk to Wallace loaded the bases for Stephanie Canfield, who doubled off the top of the center field wall and drove in Bronkey and Clark. A relay from Griffin to Wilson to Browne prevented a third run from scoring as Wallace was gunned down at home. With a runner at second and two outs, Georgia made a call to the bullpen and brought in Chelsea Wilkinson to face Navarro. Navarro then singled in Canfield to make it a 5-1 game. Amanda Geile followed with a two-run home run to center that brought the score to 7-1.
Georgia got a two-out base runner in the top of the third after Arkansas turned to new pitcher Hope McLemore, who hit Wilson. Wilson was left stranded as the final out was recorded. McLemore then retired the next eight Georgia batters in order to keep the Bulldogs at bay. Wilson broke up the streak in the top of the sixth by beating the throw for a bunt single, giving the Bulldogs their first base runner since the third.
The Razorbacks added a run in the bottom of the sixth when Geile hit a soft liner that dropped into shallow right field and allowed Amanda Summerford, who reached on a walk, to score and make it an 8-1 game.
Down to the final two outs of the game, Sito delivered a double to the left field corner, but was left stranded as the final out was recorded to seal the 8-1 win for Arkansas.
Glasco (16-3) got the loss in the circle after allowing five earned runs on five hits and two walks in 1.2 innings of work. She also struck out one batter. Wilkinson came on to pitch the final 4.1 innings of the game, allowing three earned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out three. McLemore picked up the win to move to 4-2 on the year after coming on in relief of Cohen in the top of the third. McLemore allowed two hits in the final five innings of work. She also struck out five batters and retired 15 of the 18 batters she faced.
Georgia gets back in action on Wednesday, April 3, when it returns home to face in-state rival Georgia Tech at 6 p.m., at Jack Turner Stadium.