April 2, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - The second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the third en route to defeating University of Tennessee at Martin, 6-1, on Saturday at Jack Turner Softball Stadium.
With the win, Georgia improved to 31-4 on the year and extended its national best active home winning streak to 36 games while UT Martin fell to 20-13.
Sophomore starter Alison Owen (11-1) earned the win after she pitched six innings allowing only one run on four hits and no walks while striking out nine. Junior Erin Arevalo closed out the game by working a scoreless one-two-three seventh. UT Martin starter Chelsea Jones (10-5) also went the distance but took the loss after surrendering the Bulldogs' six runs on eight hits and one walk.
In an inning that has proved to be big for the Bulldogs this week, Georgia jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Senior Taylor Schlopy drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on double to left center from senior Megan Wiggins. After a wild pitch allowed Wiggins to move up to third, senior Alisa Goler picked up an RBI on a single to right. Sophomore Macie Couey then entered as a pinch runner, stole second, moved to third on a groundout from senior Brianna Hesson and scored on a groundout from junior Kristyn Sandberg. The three first-inning runs on Saturday to give the Bulldogs 13 runs scored in the opening frame in four games this week.
In the third, Georgia added another three runs to make it 6-0. Schlopy led the frame off with a home run to right, her ninth long ball this season. Two batters later, Goler reached on a one-out single to right, and Hesson followed with an RBI triple to right. Sandberg then added her second RBI groundout of the game.
UT Martin produced its lone run in the sixth inning. Chelsea Cary led off with an infield single, moved around to third on a sacrifice bunt and a single and scored on a groundout from Jenny Bain.
Georgia and UT Martin return to Jack Turner Stadium on Sunday to complete the two-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and admission is free. Live audio and live stats will be available on www.georgiadogs.com.