Highlights from Saturday's softball doubleheader against South Carolina where the Bulldogs split but won the series against the Gamecocks.
April 5, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 15/17 Georgia softball team took the series against South Carolina in the second game of a doubleheader with a 9-1, five-inning win, on Saturday, April 5 at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 33-6 on the year and 8-4 in Southeastern Conference action. South Carolina dropped to 25-14 overall and 6-9 in league play. The win also marked the third SEC series that the Bulldogs have won this year.
Chelsea Wilkinson collected her 20th win of the year as she moved to 20-4 overall. She allowed just one run on one hit and three walks, while striking out four in the complete game performance. Julie Sarratt took the loss for the Gamecocks, giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks in three innings of work. South Carolina turned to Nickie Blue in the bottom of the fourth inning. Blue allowed three runs on two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings in the circle.
Tina Iosefa went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run to lead the Bulldogs offensively. Highlighting Iosefa's day was a three-run home run in the bottom of the third. Bethany Beggs and Samantha LaZear also had solid outings, each going 2-for-3 on the day.
Georgia struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, Kaylee Puailoa was hit by a pitch before Geri Ann Glasco walked to put two runners on for the Bulldogs. One batter later, Iosefa delivered a single to right center that allowed Puailoa to score the first run of the game.
The Bulldogs tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the third inning that extended its lead to 4-0. Puailoa got things started with a one out single second before Glasco drew her second walk of the day. With two on and one out, Iosefa took the first pitch she saw deep into the pines in right center for a three-run homerun that made it a 4-0 game. The homer was Iosefa's second the year.
Georgia made it a 6-0 game in the bottom of the fourth inning. LaZear laid down a perfectly execute slap hit that landed right in front of the batter's box, allowing her to beat the throw by the catcher for an infield single. After stealing second, LaZear crossed the plate on a double to left center by Alex Hugo that chased Sarratt from the circle in favor of Blue. After one out was recorded, Hugo moved to third on a wild pitch. With a runner at third and one out, Puailoa grounded out to second, allowing Hugo to score to put the Bulldogs up 6-0.
South Carolina got a run back in the top of the fifth inning to make it a 6-1 game. Olivia Lawrence drew a one out walk before Brooke Barnhill came in to pinch run. With Barnhill at second after a wild pitch, Blue hit a RBI-single to left that cut the lead to 6-1.
The Bulldogs plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to seal the 9-1 win. Anna Swafford was hit by a pitch to start the inning and moved to second on a single to right by Beggs. Wilkinson hit into a fielder's choice that advanced both Beggs and Swafford. With one out and a runner at third, LaZear hit a chopper over the pitcher's head for an infield single that scored Swafford to make it a 7-1 game. After Hugo drew a five pitch walk, Paige Wilson grounded into a RBI fielder's choice that allowed Beggs to score the eighth run of the game. With the bases loaded, Puailoa walked in the ninth and final run of the game, sealing Georgia's 9-1, five-inning win.
Georgia returns to action on Wednesday, April 9 at 6 p.m., when it hosts USC Upstate in the final game of the current home stand.