April 10, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - Second-ranked Georgia completed a Southeastern Conference series sweep over 18th-ranked Kentucky with a 9-1, six-inning victory on Sunday in front of a Jack Turner Stadium crowd of 1,234.
With the sweep, Georgia improves to 35-6 overall and 11-5 in league play. Kentucky, who entered the series leading the SEC Eastern Division, drops to 27-10 overall and 11-6 in conference action.
Senior Sarah McCloud and junior Erin Arevalo combined to lead the Bulldogs from the circle on Sunday by limiting the Wildcats to just one run on five hits. McCloud (3-0) made her first start since March 20 and pitched five innings surrendering the lone UK run on four hits with five strikeouts while Arevalo worked the final inning. Opposite the Bulldog pitching duo in the circle, Kentucky's Rachel Riley worked a complete game falling to 8-4
From the plate, Georgia produced its nine run on a season-high 18 hits. The 18 hits were the most by the Bulldogs since recording 19 hits in a 15-7 win at Georgia Tech on March 29, 2006. A total of nine Bulldogs recorded hits in the contest, and each of the nine runs were scored by nine different players.
McCloud worked with a lead early on as the Bulldogs plated two runs in the first. Senior Taylor Schlopy (3-for-3) drew a leadoff walk, and two batters later senior Brianna Hesson (4-for-4, 2 RBI) provided the game with its first run on a double to right center. After Hesson moved to third on a single from senior Megan Wiggins (3-for-4), junior Ashley Razey (2-for-3, 3 RBI) then drove in a second run on as sacrifice fly to center.
It remained 2-0 until the third, when both teams exchanged runs to make it 3-1. In the top half of the inning, Kentucky's Meagan Aull drew a two-out walk, stole second and scored on a single to right from Brittany Cervantes. In the bottom half of the frame, Georgia loaded the bases to set up an RBI single to right from Razey.
Georgia then added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to stretch the advantage to 5-1. In the fourth, senior Laura Trout led off with an infield single, move to second on single from Schlopy and scored on a two-out single from Hesson. In the fifth, junior Kristyn Sandberg drew a one-out walk, and freshman Macie Couey entered to pinch run. Couey moved around to third on a single from Hubbard and scored on a single from Trout.
In the sixth, the Bulldogs added the final four runs to win by the run rule. Hesson started the inning with single on line drive off of Riley in the circle. Wiggins followed with a double that moved pinch runner Maya Branch around to third. Razey then picked up another RBI on a single through the left side and Sandberg drove in two on a double to left. After walk from junior Brittany Hubbard and a pinch hit single from sophomore Christine Olney loaded the bases, senior pinch hitter Jennie Auger drove in the final run on a single to right.
Sunday's victory concluded a 10-game home stand for the Bulldogs at 8-2. Up next, Georgia travels to Atlanta for a second meeting with in-state rival and 23rd-ranked Georgia Tech. The Bulldogs defeated the Yellow Jackets, 10-2, in five innings in the first meeting on March 30.