Geri Ann Glasco
April 14, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Chelsea Wilkinson spun a gem from the circle to help the University of Georgia softball team to a 2-0 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks on Sunday, April 14 at Beckham Field in Columbia, S.C. Georgia put up five hits, but it was a two-run home run by Geri Ann Glasco that sealed the win. Georgia improves to 31-14 on the year and 8-7 in Southeastern Conference play. South Carolina dropped to 22-19 and 2-13 in league play. The win also sealed the series for the Bulldogs, who have now won three SEC series this season.
Wilkinson got the start for the Bulldogs, did not allow a run and gave up just three hits on the day to improve to 4-2 on the season. She also tied her career-best with six strikeouts. Julie Sarratt earned the start for the Gamecocks, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks in the complete game performance to drop to 5-5 on the year.
Wilkinson did a masterful job in the circle for the Bulldogs. After getting out of jams in the first and second innings, the freshman threw five 1-2-3 innings for the Bulldogs, retiring the final 14 batters she faced. She also did her part offensively, delivering a two-out double in the top of the fifth. It was the first hit of her career.
After three scoreless innings, Paige Wilson reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning. Glasco followed with her fourth two-run home run of the weekend that put the Bulldogs up 2-0. The home run brought her season total 17, the most of any player in the SEC. The homer also was her 52nd and 53rd RBI of the season, also an SEC best mark.
Georgia looked to add to its lead in the sixth and seventh innings, loading the bases in both. Wilson picked up a single in the sixth that was followed by an error that allowed Tina Iosefa to reach. A walk to Tess Sito loaded the bases, but a diving play at second ended the sixth-inning threat. The Bulldogs loaded the bases again in the seventh, as a walk by Christine Olney, a Niaja Griffin single and Wilson single loaded the bases. A fielder’s choice ended the inning for the Bulldogs.
Wilkinson came on to throw the final inning for the Bulldogs and struck out the first two batters she faced before getting the final out on a pop up to short that sealed the 2-0 win for the Bulldogs.
Georgia gets back in action on Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m., when it welcomes No. 24 USC Upstate to Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga.