April 10, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The bats were rocking at Jack Turner Stadium on Tuesday night, as the No. 11 University of Georgia softball team and USC Upstate combined for 19 hits, but it was the long ball that gave Georgia the edge toward the Bulldogs winning 7-3.
With the win, Georgia improved to 31-8 on the season while USC Upstate moved to 31-7.
Senior Erin Arevalo (16-3) became the pitcher of record after giving up one run on seven hits while striking out seven in five innings of work. Sophomore Morgan Montemayor finished the game, as she gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits while sitting down three. The Spartans' Hannah Alexander (20-3) took the loss after giving up the seven runs on eight hits and striking out six in 4.1 innings in the circle.
With two outs in the first, senior Kristyn Sandberg put a two-run home run over the left center field wall to pull Georgia ahead 2-0. Sandberg brought in fellow senior Ashley Razey from first after she extended her reach base streak to 10 games with a walk.
The Spartans made it a 2-1 game in the second after a sacrifice fly to center scored Hayley Reinfeld who reached on a double and advanced to third on a Lindsay Kelly single. Georgia responded in the home half of the inning, as freshman Gracie Goulder opened the frame with a single. Goulder then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Brittney Hubbard before scoring on freshman Anna Swafford's single up the middle.
The bats came alive in the fifth inning for Georgia, as freshman Paige Wilson got things started with a single to center. After advancing to second on a passed ball, Wilson put the score at 4-1 with senior Ashley Pauly's double to left field. Razey and Sandberg then powered back-to-back home runs to set the Bulldog's lead to 7-1.
USC Upstate would add a run in the sixth and seventh inning, but the early deficit proved too tough to overcome with Georgia taking the win 7-3.
Georgia makes a quick turnaround, as the Bulldogs host South Carolina in a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 11 starting at 5 p.m.