April 13, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Geri Ann Glasco hit three, two-run home runs to lead the University of Georgia softball team to a 7-6 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday, April 13 at Beckham Field in Columbia, S.C. The win improved Georgia to 30-14 on the season and 7-7 in the Southeastern Conference. The win also snapped a seven-game SEC skid. South Carolina dropped to 22-18 on the season, including a 2-12 mark in league play.
The Bulldogs got each of their runs by way of home runs. In addition to Glasco’s three home run performance, Kaylee Puailoa hit a solo homer that gave the Bulldogs the lead in the top of the fifth. It was the 20th time this season that Georgia has hit at least two home runs in a single game.
Morgan Montemayor got the start for the Bulldogs and improved to 9-6 on the year. She allowed six runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and three walks in 6.1 innings of work. She also struck out two batters. Montemayor threw brilliantly, allowing just two hits after the second inning. Chelsea Wilkinson earned the first save of her career, throwing the final 0.2 innings and not allowing a hit. Audrey Broyles got the start for South Carolina and suffered the loss to drop to 7-7 on the season. She allowed five runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings. Julie Sarratt came on in relief and threw the final 2.2 innings. She allowed two runs on two hits and a walk.
The Bulldogs got things started early as Paige Wilson led off the game with a double off the top of the fence in right center. Glasco then launched an 0-1 pitch high over the fence in right field for a home run that put Georgia up 2-0.
After a leadoff double and an error put runners at the corners for South Carolina in bottom of the first, Kristen Struett made it a 2-1 game with an infield single. South Carolina added two more runs on a RBI-single by Ashlyn Masters that made it a 3-2 game. A fielding error at short allowed the fourth run of the inning to score, before a groundout ended the inning.
With two outs in the top of the second, Wilson laced a single through the left side to put a runner on first Glasco. For the second time in as many at bats, Glasco belted a two-run home run that tied the game 4-4.
After a pair of scoreless innings, Puailoa broke the 4-4 tie with a mammoth go-ahead home run off the scoreboard in straightaway center field that gave the Bulldogs a 5-4 lead in the top of the fifth. The home run, Puailoa’s 14th of the season, chased starter Broyles from the circle, as the Gamecocks turned to Sarratt, who recorded the final two outs of the inning.
Georgia gave Montemayor some cushion in the top of the seventh inning. Wilson took the first pitch she saw off her hip to put a runner at first for Glasco. Glasco followed with her third two-run home run of the game that extended Georgia’s lead to 7-4. The home run was her team and SEC-leading 16th of the season.
The Gamecocks looked to threaten in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases with no outs. A two-run double to left center by Struett made it 7-6 game. Wilkinson came in to pitch following the hit, which left runners at second and third with one away. She recorded the second out of the inning by inducing an infield fly. With the tying run at third, the base runner was called out on the look-back rule, which sealed the Georgia’s 7-6 win.
Georgia and South Carolina will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow, Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m.