April 15, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky.--The No. 11 University of Georgia softball team held off a series sweep at Kentucky with a 4-3 win on Sunday afternoon. With the win, Georgia's season mark is now 34-10 and 12-7 in SEC play while Kentucky is 21-23 and 8-9 in the conference slate.
Freshman Paige Wilson led the way with a perfect day at the plate, as she was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a home run. The Chicago native also posted two runs, two RBI and a stolen base. Freshman Niaja Griffin followed with two hits, a run and a RBI.
Senior Erin Arevalo (18-4) tallied the win after allowing three runs, two earned, off of seven hits and striking out nine. Kentucky's Ellen Weaver (2-5) fell in the contest after giving up three earned runs on four hits and striking out six. Chanda Bell came in for three innings of work to give up one run on three hits.
Georgia jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third with Griffin opening the inning with a single to short and stealing second. After an Ashley Pauly groundout advanced Griffin to third, Wilson punched a RBI double to left center for run number one. Wilson then stole third before scoring on a wild pitch.
The Bulldogs moved it to a 3-0 game in the fourth after Griffin's single up the middle scored junior Tess Sito. Sito led off the inning with a single to left before moving to third on two groundouts.
Two hits and an error in the fourth helped Kentucky close the gap at 3-2. Lauren Cumbess reached first with a single to left. Griffin Joiner then laid down a sacrifice bunt before a fielding error on Georgia allowed her to reach second and pinch runner Macy Allen to third. Emily Jolly immediately hit a single to right and allowed the baserunners to score.
Wilson helped seal the win in the top of the seventh, as she hit her sixth home run of the season over the right field wall to set the game at 4-2. The Wildcats tried to climb back in the bottom half of the inning with a Brittany Cervantes homer, but Arevalo and the defense would hold the home team.
Georgia has a busy week coming up, as the team hosts in-state rival Georgia Tech on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. before Alabama comes to Athens for a three-game series starting on Thursday, April 19 at 8 p.m. Game one of the series will be on ESPN2.