Highlights and interviews with head coach Lu Harris-Champer and sophomore Gerri Ann Glasco, who had 5 RBI, following Georgia's 6-2 win over South Carolina
April 4, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - Geri Ann Glasco collected five RBIs, including a three-run home run, to lead the No. 15/17 Georgia Bulldogs to a 6-2 win over South Carolina in the series opener on a windy Friday night at Jack Turner Stadium. With the win the Bulldogs improve to 32-5 and 7-3 in Southeastern Conference play. The Gamecocks dropped to 24-13 on the year and 5-8 in league play. Also with the loss, South Carolina continued their losing streak in Athens, which dates back to 2001.
Chelsea Wilkinson got her 19th start of the season and threw a complete game for the 15th time this campaign, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven and improving her record to 19-3. Julie Sarratt started the game for South Carolina and allowed six runs, four earned, on four hits in five innings of work. Sarratt's record fell to 11-9 on the year. Nickie Blue also saw time in the circle for the Gamecocks, as she threw the final inning of the game.
Glasco provided two crucial hits for the Bulldogs. In the first inning she hit a two-run single with the bases loaded, giving Georgia a 2-0 lead. Her second big hit came in the fifth when she smashed a three-run homer, scoring the final runs of the ballgame, securing the 6-2 victory. On the day, she went 2-for-3 with a five RBI.
Georgia got on the board early in the first inning, when Glasco came through with the bases loaded. Paige Wilson became the Bulldogs' first base runner when she took a pitch to the ribs. Following her, Alex Hugo drew a walk and Kaylee Puailoa was reached on an error by the shortstop. Glasco was then able to take advantage of the situation and ripped a two-run single into left field
In the top of the second, South Carolina responded with a run of its own when Chelsea Hawkins smacked a solo shot over the fence in left center, cutting the Bulldog lead to 2-1.
Georgia extended their lead by a run in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Tina Iosefa led off the inning with a walk before Niaja Griffin came in to run for her at first. The decision proved wise, as Griffin moved to third on a sharply hit grounder in the hole at second by Wilkinson. With a runner at third, Bethany Beggs hit a sacrifice fly to left field, the throw beat the runner to home by a hair, but Griffin slid around the catcher to avoid the tag and score the third Bulldog run.
In the fifth South Carolina closed the Georgia lead to one again. Codee Yeske doubled and then two batters later Lauren Masters knocked Yeske in with a two out single to left.
Georgia got a little breathing room in the fifth, extending the lead to four at 6-2. With one out Wilson and Hugo hit back-to-back singles, then two batters later Glasco came to the plate again with multiple runners on base. Like she did in the first, Glasco took advantage, as she hit a three run blast right over the right field foul pole. It was Glasco's sixth home run of the year, good for third on the team.
The Bulldogs return to action tomorrow, April 5 at 2 p.m., in game two of the series against South Carolina at Jack Turner Stadium.