No. 4 UGA Defeats Ole Miss, 7-3

April 15, 2011

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ATHENS, Ga. - Fourth-ranked Georgia opened a Southeastern Conference series against Ole Miss with a 7-3 victory at Jack Turner Softball Stadium on Friday night.

Georgia (37-6, 12-5 SEC) scored two in the first and Ole Miss (14-31, 3-15) answered with two in the top of the third to tie it up, but the Bulldogs bounced back with a run in the bottom of the third and went on to add four more in the fifth en route to earning the victory.

Freshman Morgan Montemayor (18-3) earned the win with a total of 6.1 innings pitched allowing just two unearned runs on three hits while senior Katie Murphy worked two-third of an inning the seventh. The Rebels' Kendall Bruning (2-15) suffered the loss after surrendering six runs on seven hits in four and a third innings.

The Bulldogs' opening two runs in the first came via a one-out single to center from senior Brianna Hesson (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and a sacrifice fly from junior Ashley Razey.

In the third, Ole Miss tied the game on a two-run home run from Londen Ladner, but Hesson quickly gave the Dogs the advantage back with a two-out solo home run in the bottom the frame. It was the 12th home run of the season for Hesson.

Georgia made its lead 7-2 with four runs in the fifth. After Hesson drew a one-out walk, Razey provided a two-run home run to left, her ninth long ball of the season. The inning continued with junior Kristyn Sandberg taking a 0-2 pitch up the middle for a single. Sophomore Macie Couey came on as a pinch runner and stole both second and third before scoring on a sacrifice fly from senior Laura Trout (2-for-2). Junior Brittney Hubbard scored the final run of the inning after she walked, stole second, took third on the sac fly and scored on a pinch hit single to right from freshman Julia Echols.

Ole Miss scored the final run of the game in the seventh on a bases-loaded single to right from Cali Overbeck, but Montemayor reentered to get the final out and close the door on the Rebels' late rally.

The Georgia-Ole Miss series continues on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET. Admission is free and the first 300 fans will receive a Georgia koozie. Live audio and live stats will also be available on www.georgiadogs.com.

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