April 13, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. - In one of the wildest games in recent history, the No. 13/17 Georgia softball team dropped a 13-11 decision in a shootout against the LSU Tigers on Sunday, April 13 at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La. With the loss, Georgia falls to 35-8 on the year and 9-6 in Southeastern Conference play. LSU is now 24-18 overall and 6-9 in league action.
LSU scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the win. A drop-dead time of 4 p.m., ET came into play, as Georgia was unable to come back to the plate and try to answer the Tigers in the seventh.
Geri Ann Glasco suffered the loss for Georgia to fall to 14-3 on the year. She allowed nine runs on eight hits and four walks in 2.1 innings in the circle. Chelsea Wilkinson got the start for the Bulldogs, allowing four runs on five hits and five walks in 3.2 innings of work. Kelsee Selmon got the win, throwing 0.2 scoreless innings for LSU. Ashley Czechner got the start for LSU and lasted 2.1 innings. She allowed five runs, four of which were earned, on five hits and three walks. Baylee Corbello threw 3.0 innings for the Tigers and allowed six runs, four earned, on six hits and three walks.
The Bulldogs struck first, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After Paige Wilson and Geri Ann Glasco drew back-to-back walks to lead things off, Alex Hugo hit into a fielder's choice. During the play, the fielder went to third, but Wilson slid safely under the tag, loading the bases with nobody out. With one away, Tina Iosefa hit liner third, but the throw home hit Wilson in the back and caromed past the catcher allowing Wilson to score. Pinch runner Bethany Beggs also scored on the error, racing home to give the Bulldogs an early 2-0 game.
LSU answered in the home half of the first, cutting Georgia's lead to 2-1. AJ Andrews led off with an infield single and moved all the way to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch. She scored LSU's first run of the game on a one out RBI groundout by Bianca Bell. Wilkinson got the final batter to ground out to Hugo at second to end the inning.
Georgia added a run in the second that extended its lead to 3-1. Wilkinson was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to second on a perfect slap hit over the head of the LSU third baseman by Samantha LaZear. A single up the middle by Wilson loaded the bases with no outs for the Glasco. Glasco worked the count full before crushing a pitch deep to the warning track, but a stiff wind that was blowing in from center kept it in the park. The hit did allow Wilkinson to tag and score, giving Georgia a 3-1 lead.
The Tigers got a run back in the bottom of the second, making it a 3-2 game on a RBI double by Tammy Wray.
A two-run home run by Browne highlighted the third inning for the Bulldogs that saw them extend its lead to 5-2. For the third straight inning, Georgia got its leadoff runner aboard when Iosefa singled. With one on and one out, Browne lifted the 2-2 pitch high and deep over the wall and onto the berm in left for her second home run of the weekend.
LSU got its third leadoff runner on in the bottom of the third, but the Georgia defense kept the Tigers from scoring. After a leadoff single, Wilkinson induced a 4-6-3 double on after Hugo made a great turn on a sharply hit ball. LSU's Constance Quinn walked, but Browne showed off her arm and caught Quinn stealing second for the third and final out of the inning.
The Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut Georgia's lead to 5-4. Kellsi Kloss led off with a single and came around to score on a pinch-hit RBI single by Dylan Supak. After Wilkinson walked Andrews to load the bases, Georgia turned to Glasco in the circle. She hit the batter she faced with the bases loaded, allowing LSU to make it a 5-4 game. A groundout to short ended the inning with Georgia's lead in tact.
The Bulldogs responded with two runs in the top of the fifth that extended their lead to 7-4. With one out, Niaja Griffin singled up the middle. After a walk by LaZear, Wilson singled into shallow right, allowing Griffin to race around third and score after sliding around the catcher at the plate. LaZear was able to move to third on the single and plated Georgia's seventh run on a sacrifice fly Hugo.
LSU again cut Georgia's lead to one in the bottom of the fifth inning on two-run home run by Kloss that made it a 7-6 game.
Leading by one, Georgia added four runs in the top of the sixth inning to take its largest lead of the game at 11-6. A hit batter, a walk, a fielder's choice and a single loaded the bases for Wilson. With one out, Wilson hit a bases-clearing double that gave Georgia a 10-6 lead. Wilson came home two batters later on a wild pitch that resulted in an 11-6 Georgia lead.
The Tigers plated seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to seal the dramatic win. After scoring four runs to make it an 11-10 game, Sandra Simmons stole home on a walk to score the tying run. Kailey McCasland drove in the final two runs on a pinch-hit single through the right side that resulted in LSU leading 13-11. With two outs, Andrews was called for leaving third early, ending the inning. Due to a drop-dead time, the seventh inning was unable to begin, resulting in a 13-11 LSU victory.
Georgia returns to action on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m., when it concludes the regular-season series with in state rival Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. The game will be available on ESPN3.