No. 11 Georgia Takes Two From Gamecocks
April 11, 2012
ATHENS, Ga.--The No. 11 University of Georgia softball team (33-8, 11-5) took two games from South Carolina (23-20, 3-13) on Wednesday after winning game one 4-3 and game two 8-3.
Senior Kristyn Sandberg led the way in the twin bill, as she posted a .667 average off of four hits, including two home runs and a triple, while grabbing four RBI. Junior Tess Sito and freshman Paige Wilson followed with three hits each while Wilson also added three runs.
Game One-Georgia 4, South Carolina 3
Wilson's game-winning RBI double pushed Georgia to a 4-3 win over South Carolina in game one while giving the program its 700th all-time win in its 16-year history.
Senior Erin Arevalo (17-3) earned the victory after giving up eights hits and striking out 11 while giving up two walks. South Carolina's Kristen Struett (2-1) took the loss after giving up the winning run in the seventh, as she gave up two hits in the seventh inning. Kierstyn White came out after 5.2 innings of work with five hits and three runs to her name.
After a scoreless second, USC came out in the third to tie the game at one apiece. Shelby Gonzales doubled to left field before a groundout and single from Lauren Lackey scored pinch runner Jackie Slawson.
With two outs in the sixth, back-to-back solo home runs from Sandberg and Sito put Georgia back on top 3-1. However, the Gamecocks tied it in the top of the seventh. Gonzales put down a double to right center before Lackey reached first on a dropped third strike and advanced Gonzales to third. Dana Hathorn then singled to center to bring in the base runners.
Senior Brittney Hubbard reached first on a single to third base to set up the winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Junior Macie Couey then laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance her to second before Wilson's deciding hit went to left center field.
Game Two-Georgia 8, South Carolina 3
A trio of home runs helped Georgia close the doubleheader with an 8-3 win. Wilson, Pauly and Sandberg each had two hits in the contest, with one being a home run for each.
Sophomore Morgan Montemayor (9-4) got the win after allowing six hits and striking out eight while South Carolina's Katelynn Howser (8-6) took the loss after giving up 12 hits, walking five and striking out two.
With Razey on first from a walk, Sandberg powered a triple to the center field wall to bring Razey around the bases and give Georgia the 1-0 lead in the first. Sito followed with a single toward the pitcher to quickly give Georgia the 2-0 advantage.
Each team put up two runs in the fourth inning, as Chelsea Hawkins posted a two-RBI hit to right center to knot the game two. Georgia responded in the home half of the inning with Pauly notching an RBI-double to right center to score Wilson from first and Razey scoring Pauly with a single to center field to put the lead at 4-2.
For the third game in a row, Georgia put up back-to-back home runs, as Wilson and Pauly tallied solo shots in the sixth inning. Razey followed with a walk before Sandberg put up a shot over the trees in center field to make it an 8-2 ballgame.
The Gamecocks posted one more run in the seventh, as Hawkins doubled before advancing to third on a groundout. A fielding error on Georgia then allowed Hawkins to add the final run.
Georgia is away from the confines of Jack Turner Stadium this weekend, as the team travels to Lexington to take on Kentucky in a three-game series starting on Friday, April 13. The game will be featured on ESPNU with game time set at 8:15 p.m.
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