April 9, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 13/17 Georgia softball team took a 3-1 win over No. 24/24 USC Upstate in a top-25 matchup on Wednesday, April 9 at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 34-6 on the year. USC Upstate dropped to 36-4 this season. The win was Georgia's fourth over a ranked team this season.
Geri Ann Glasco got the start in the circle and threw the first four innings for the Bulldogs. She allowed two hits and struck out five batters as she improved to 14-2 on the year. Chelsea Wilkinson came on for Georgia in the fifth and threw the final two innings for Georgia, allowing one run on two hits to get her third save of the season. Anna Miller suffered the loss for USC Upstate and fell to 13-3 overall. She allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and three walks in 4.1 innings of work. Lexi Shubert came in for the Spartans in the fifth inning and threw the final 1.2 innings, allowing just one hit.
The Bulldogs got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Niaja Griffin led off the inning by reaching on an error by USC Upstate's shortstop. Samantha LaZear followed with a single to shallow left. With two on and one away, Alex Hugo loaded the bases when she drew a walk. With the bases loaded, Kaylee Puailoa came to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Griffin to come home and give Georgia a 1-0 lead.
A two-run home run by Hugo in the bottom of the fifth inning gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. Paige Wilson led the inning off with a double to left field. With a runner at second, Hugo took the 1-0 pitch high and deep to left for her NCAA-leading 16th home run of the year.
Upstate looked to get on the board in the top of the sixth inning, getting runners on by way of an error and single. With one away, Hugo made a diving grab for our number two before tossing to Wilson at second to double the runner off and get the Bulldogs out of the inning unscathed.
A solo home run by Kendall Settlemyer with one out in the top of the seventh inning allowed the Spartans to get a run back and make a 3-1 game. Bethany Beggs got the second out of the game with a leaping grab on a laser to third. With two outs, Wilkinson caught the final batter swinging to preserve Georgia's 3-1 win.
Georgia returns to action this weekend, April 11-13, when it travels to Baton Rouge, La., to take on the LSU Tigers in a three game Southeastern Conference series. First pitch for Friday's game is set for 7 p.m. ET.