April 3, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Kaylee Puailoa went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five RBI to lead the University of Georgia softball team to a 20-1 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Wednesday night in front of a capacity crowd at Jack Turner Stadium. The Bulldogs improved to 27-10 for the season, while Georgia Tech dropped to 17-19. The win allowed Georgia to sweep the regular-season series with Georgia Tech.
Georgia hit six home runs, including Puailoa's grand slam, which was the third grand slam of the season for the team. The Bulldogs recorded 14 hits, seven of which were multiple base hits. The 20 runs was the most runs scored by Georgia this season, which led the largest margin of victory of the season. It was also the most runs scored against Georgia Tech in program history.
Morgan Montemayor (7-5) got the start for Georgia and struck out eight of the 15 batters she faced in four innings of work. Montemayor gave up just one hit and one run. Chelsea Wilkinson came to the circle at the top of the fifth and faced the minimum to end the game, including two strikeouts.
Karly Fullem (3-1) suffered the loss for the Yellow Jackets after giving up 15 runs off of eight hits in 1 2/3 innings in the circle. Fullem also walked five Georgia batters and hit three with pitches. Kylie Kleinschmidt also pitched for Georgia Tech, giving up five runs off of six hits.
The Bulldogs loaded the bases early in the first inning off of a Paige Wilson single and two walks. Puailoa followed with single to right field to drive in the first run. Georgia went up 2-0 after Tess Sito was hit by a pitch to bring pinch runner Katie Sowers across home plate. Christine Olney's single to center field drove in two runs before Katie Browne laced a three-run home run to extend Georgia's lead to 7-0. The Bulldogs loaded the bases again, and after Geri Ann Glasco drew her second walk of the inning, Niaja Griffin crossed the plate to put Georgia up 8-0. Puailoa belted a grand slam to the scoreboard to put Georgia up 12-0, bringing in Anna Swafford, Wilson and Glasco.
In the second inning, Griffin reached on an error and crossed home after Swafford roped a double to the left field wall. Wilson knocked a round tripper to the scoreboard to put the Bulldogs up 15-0. Two batters later, Georgia Tech made a call to the bullpen and brought Kleinschmidt to the circle. A defensive stop by the Yellow Jackets ended the second inning and kept the score at 15-0.
Georgia added a run in the third inning when Sito sailed a homerun over the left field wall that increased Georgia's lead to 16-0.
Georgia Tech got its first hit of the night when Ashley Thomas delivered a long single to center field in the fourth inning. Thomas scored for the Yellow Jackets off a fielder's choice that allowed Katie Johnsky to reach. Montemayor struck out the next batter to halt Georgia Tech's momentum and keep the score 16-1.
Tina Iosefa added a home run of her own in the fourth inning to stretch the Bulldogs' lead to 18-1. Sito hit a single to center field and was followed by Olney, who hit a no doubter over the right field wall to bring the score to 20-1. The home run marked Olney's first career home run in Jack Turner Stadium.
The Bulldogs recorded three quick outs in the top of the fifth inning to end the game with a final score of 20-1.
Georgia returns to action on Friday, April 5 at 6 p.m., for the first game of a three game series against No. 6/5 the Tennessee Lady Vols. The final game of the series on Sunday, April 7, will be televised on Fox SportSouth at 1 p.m.