Highlights and an interview with Louisiana native Katie Browne following Georgia's 6-1 win over LSU.
April 11, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. - Tina Iosefa hit a three-run home run to help the No. 13/17 Georgia softball to a 6-1 win over the LSU Tigers under clear skies at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La., on Friday, April 11. With the win, the Bulldogs registered their 35th victory of the season to improve to 35-6 on the year and 9-4 in Southeastern Conference action. LSU is now 22-18 overall and 4-9 in league play. The win marked the second week in a row that the Bulldogs have won the series opener against an SEC team.
Chelsea Wilkinson got the start and the win for the Bulldogs, throwing her 16th complete game of the year. The win was her 21st of the season as she moves to 21-4 on the year. She allowed just one run on four hits and struck out eight batters in her complete game performance Ashley Czechner dropped to 7-10 on the year for LSU, allowing six runs on six hits and two walks. She also struck out nine batters in the loss.
Iosefa had the big bat for the Bulldogs today, going 2-for-3 with four RBI, a home run and a double. Paige Wilson also had two hits on the day and scored two runs.
LSU looked to strike first, getting two runners on with one out in the bottom of first inning. Louisiana native Katie Browne got the second out of the inning when she picked off AJ Andrews who was straying too far from second. After a walk put runners at first and second, a fielder's choice allowed the Bulldogs to get out of the inning unscathed.
After one trip through the lineup, the Georgia hitters were able to break through against Czechner in the fourth, scoring four runs on four hits, including a three-run home run by Iosefa. Wilson and Kaylee Puailoa led off the inning with back-to-back singles. With two on and one out, Iosefa crushed the first pitch of her at bat to the deepest part of the park for a three-run home run that gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. Anna Swafford drew a walk and scored on a RBI-double to left center by Browne that extended Georgia's lead to 4-0.
LSU started the bottom of the fourth inning with back-to-back singles, but a strikeout and a pair of groundouts ended the inning with runners in scoring position.
The Bulldogs made it a 5-0 game in the top of the fifth inning. Alex Hugo reached on a two base fielding error by the LSU second baseman. She moved to third on a groundout by Wilson before coming around to score on a sacrifice fly to right center by Puailoa. Georgia put one more runner on by way of the walk, but she was left stranded as the final out was recorded.
Holding a 5-0 lead going into the top of the seventh inning, the Bulldogs extended their lead to 6-0 on a RBI double off the left field wall in left by Iosefa. Scoring the run for the Bulldogs was Wilson, who led the inning off with a single.
After Wilkinson retired nine straight batters, the Tigers got a run back in the bottom of the seventh inning. A leadoff walk, a wild pitch and a strikeout 2-3 putout put a runner at third for LSU. With one away, the runner scored on a wild pitch to make it a 6-1 game. Wilkinson got the final batter swinging to seal the win for the Bulldogs.
Georgia will look to clinch the series with LSU as the teams will face off in the second game of the series tomorrow, April 12, at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on CSS.