April 13, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The No. 11 University of Georgia softball team dropped a 4-1 decision to the Kentucky Wildcats in the first of a three-game Southeastern Conference set on Friday night. Georgia is now 33-9 on the season and 11-6 in SEC play. The Wildcats are now 20-22 overall and 7-8 in league play.
Erin Arevalo suffered the loss to fall to 17-4 on the year, allowing four runs on three hits. Arevalo also struck out 11 Chanda Bell improved to 11-8 on the year allowing one run on one hit and striking out 12.
Anna Swafford provided Georgia with its only hit of the night with a RBI-double in the top of the fifth.
Georgia had its chance in the top of the second, loading the bases with the help of a trio of walks. Bell settled in and caught the final batter looking to get out of the inning.
Lauren Cumbess led off the bottom of the second with standup double off the left field wall. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Cumbess came home on a sacrifice squeeze by Emily Jolly to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Ellen Weaver hit into a fielder's choice that scored Carroll from third and give Kentucky a 2-0 lead. The Wildcats made it a 3-0 game when Jolly came home on a wild pitch. Arevalo got Griffin Joiner swinging to end the inning.
Trailing 3-0 in the top of the fifth, Brittney Hubbard drew a walk to put a runner at first for Swafford. Swafford took a pitch into the left field corner for a RBI-double to make it a 3-1 game.
Kentucky added a run in the home half of the sixth inning with the help of a leadoff home run by Jolly that made it a 4-1 game.
Georgia and Kentucky will face off tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m., in the second game of the three-game set.