April 12, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The University of Georgia softball team dropped a 6-2 decision to the South Carolina Gamecocks on Friday, April 12 at Beckham Field in Columbia, S.C. With the loss, Georgia drops to 29-14 on the year and 6-7 in Southeastern Conference play. South Carolina improves to 21-17 overall and 2-11 in the SEC.
Geri Ann Glasco suffered the loss to drop to 17-5 on the year. She allowed six runs on 10 hits and three walks, while striking out three in a complete game performance. Julie Sarratt improved to 5-4 on the year after throwing a complete-game and allowing two runs on 10 hits and two walks. She also struck four batters.
Georgia loaded the bases with one out in the top of the second inning. With one away, Christine Olney hit an infield single before Niaja Griffin reached on a bunt. Samantha LaZear then beat out the throw from second for the third infield single of the inning. The Bulldogs looked to score when Anna Swafford hit a liner to second, but the second baseman was able to throw Olney out at home for the second out. The bases were left stranded as Paige Wilson flew out to end the inning.
South Carolina took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning after Sarratt led off with a double. Pinch runner Codee Yeske moved to third on a single by Chelsea Hawkins and scored on a Georgia throwing error. Hawkins plated the second run when Ashlyn Masters hit into a fielder’s choice that made it a 2-0 game as the runner at third scored. Glasco settled in and induced a pair of fielder’s choices and a groundout to end the inning.
The Gamecocks added two runs in the bottom of the third inning to extend their lead to 4-0. A single and a hit batter put runners on first and second with no outs. With runners in scoring position and one away, Hawkins delivered a two-run single to center.
Tess Sito led off the top of the fourth with a home run over the left centerfield wall that got a run back and made it a 4-1 game. Olney and Griffin followed with back-to-back singles to put runners on with no outs. The Bulldogs were unable to plate another run as the final three outs were recorded to end the inning.
The Bulldogs looked to cut into the lead in the top of the fifth as Tina Iosefa and Kaylee Puailoa each recorded one-out singles. A wild pitch put runners at first and third, but Sarratt caught Olney swinging to end the inning.
South Carolina plated two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-1 lead off a two-run single by Samie Garcia.
The Bulldogs added a run in the top of the sixth to make it a 6-2 game. With two away, Swafford belted a double to center. Wilson then drove a 0-2 pitch off the top of the wall in left to score Swafford and cut the South Carolina lead. Wilson was left at second as a long fly out ended the inning.
Georgia didn’t go quietly as Iosefa led off the seventh with a walk and moved to second when Puailoa was hit by a pitch. The runners advanced into scoring position on a groundout, but were left stranded as the final two outs were recorded.
Georgia and South Carolina will continue the three-game series tomorrow, April 13, at 4 p.m.