April 6, 2013
ATHENS, Ga . - The University of Georgia softball team fell 9-2 to the No. 6/5 Tennessee Lady Vols in front of a sun drenched record crowd of 1,986 on Saturday, April 6 at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 27-12 on the season, including a 6-5 mark in the Southeastern Conference. The Lady Vols improve to 33-6 on the year and 8-3 in the SEC.
Geri Ann Glasco (16-4) got the start for the Bulldogs, allowing four runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and seven walks in five innings of work. She also struck out two. Tess Sito came in as relief in the top of the sixth and threw the final two innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits and two walks, while striking out two batters. Ellen Renfroe (10-1) threw a complete game for the Lady Vols, allowing two runs on two hits and five walks. She also struck out five batters.
Tennessee got on the board first with two runs in the second inning. Cheyanne Tarango led off with a double to center, before pinch runner Jennifer Burroughs scored on a Georgia error that put the Lady Vols up 1-0. Melissa Davin scored the second run of the inning on a Rainey Gaffin single that extended the Tennessee lead to 2-0.
Georgia looked to answer in the bottom of the second as Tina Iosefa and Kaylee Puailoa drew a pair of walks to put runners at first and second. A Sito sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position, but a pick off and a ground out ended the inning before the Bulldogs were able to plate a run.
Tennessee added a run in the top of the third to take a 3-0 lead. Lauren Gibson led off with a double before a pair of walks loaded the bases with one away. A Georgia fielding error at first allowed the runner to score. Davin then hit into a fielder's choice that saw Paige Wilson connect with Katie Browne to get the lead runner out at home for the second out. Glasco worked out of the jam by getting Hannah Akamine to fly out to center for the final out.
The Lady Vols took a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Gaffin drew a leadoff walk before being pinch ran for by Tory Lewis. Lewis came in on a misplayed ball at short with two outs. Glasco induced a ground out back to the circle to end the inning.
Wilson got the Bulldogs on the board with a solo home run off of the scoreboard in left field to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning, cutting Tennessee's lead to 4-1.
After a scoreless fifth, Georgia made a call to the bullpen to bring in Sito to the circle. After giving up a leadoff single, Sito struck out the next batter before Gibson homered to center that made it a 6-1 game. Sito settled in to strike out Tarango, and get the final batter to ground out to short.
Tennessee added three runs in the top of the seventh. After a pair of singles, Kat Dotson doubled to center to score Lewis and make it a 7-1 game. With runners at second and third, Gibson singled to right field, driving in both runners to give the Lady Vols a 9-1 lead.
Georgia did not go away quietly, as Sito took the first pitch she saw over the left center field wall to bring the score to 9-2. The Bulldogs were unable to push another run across, as the final three outs were recorded.
Georgia and Tennessee will conclude the series tomorrow, April 7. First pitch is scheduled for 1:07, and the game will be televised on Fox SportSouth.