No. 9 Georgia Splits Series With No. 4 Florida

March 31, 2012

ATHENS, Ga.--The No. 9 University of Georgia softball team finished Saturday with a split decision in its contests with No. 4 Florida, as the Bulldogs took a 3-2 win in the team's rain delayed game from Friday before falling 4-2 in game two.

Georgia is now 29-6 on the season and 8-3 in league play while Florida moves to 30-4 and 11-2 in the SEC.

Game One-Georgia 3, Florida 2

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Photo Gallery | Game 1 Box (PDF)

Georgia finished out the rain delay from Friday's night game on Saturday with a 3-2 win over the Gators.

Resuming in the top of the seventh with one out and a Florida runner on first, Kasey Fagan powered a two-run shot over the left center field wall to put the score at 3-2. Senior Erin Arevalo then put up back-to-back strikeouts to record the final two outs.

Arevalo earned the win after she gave up eight hits and struck out eight in a complete game of work. Florida's Hannah Rogers took the loss, as she allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits while striking out four.

Reining Freshman of the Week Paige Wilson finished the game with two hits and two runs while senior Brittney Hubbard posted Georgia's other hit along with a run. Seniors Kristyn Sandberg and Ashley Pauly batted in the runs, as Sandberg had two and Pauly with one.

Game Two-Florida 4, Georgia 2

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Box Score | Game 2 Box (PDF) | More Video: Full Game Archive | Photo Gallery

Despite outhitting Florida 9-7, Georgia dropped the second game of the series 4-2 on Saturday.

Wilson along with juniors Tess Sito and Macie Couey each posted two hits in the contest followed by Sandberg, senior Ashley Razey and freshman Gracie Goulder with one apiece.

Arevalo took the loss, as she gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits while striking out four in four innings of work. Sophomore Morgan Montemayor started the contest and allowed two runs on two hits and stuck out seven. Florida's Lauren Haeger earned the win after giving up one run on six hits while putting down six batters. Rogers took the start, as she gave up a run on three hits.

Goulder put the Bulldogs ahead 1-0 in the second with a solo shot to right field. Florida answered back in the top of the third, though, to knot the contest at one apiece. Ensley Gammel made her way to second on a walk and sacrifice bunt from Katie Medina before scoring the run on a K. Fagan single to left center.

Georgia responded immediately in the bottom frame with a Sandberg home run to go up 2-1, but the lead was soon lost, as Florida tied it in the top of the fourth after Cheyenne Coyle's home run.

Florida gained its first lead of the series in the fifth after adding two runs to pull ahead 4-2. Michelle Moultrie led off the inning with a single to right before the next at-bat issued two Bulldog errors to score Moultrie and allow Sami Fagan to reach third. S. Fagan then scored off of Bailey Castro's single through the left side to close the game's runs.

Georgia and Florida will finish the series Sunday, April 1 at 1 p.m. The game will be featured on Fox Sports South and Newstalk 1340 AM.

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