April 16, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - The fourth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs clinched a Southeastern Conference series against Ole Miss by defeating the Rebels, 10-1, in five innings on Saturday afternoon in front of a Jack Turner Stadium crowd of 1,221.
With the win, Georgia (38-6, 13-5 SEC) clinched the series with Ole Miss (14-32, 3-16) after posting a 7-3 victory in the series opener on Friday. The Bulldogs will go for the sweep of the Rebels in the series finale on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Georgia scored in every at-bat to provide senior starter Sarah McCloud with the 10 runs of support. McCloud would go the distance to improve to 4-0 on the year while Ole Miss starter Brittany Barnhill (1-14) suffered the loss after pitching into the fourth allowing eight of Georgia's runs.
The Bulldog offense provided McCloud with three of the runs in the first. After walks to seniors Megan Wiggins and Brianna Hesson and junior Ashley Razey loaded the bases with one out, junior Kristyn Sandberg drove in the game's first run on a groundout to short. Junior Brittney Hubbard followed with a two-run double to right.
Georgia doubled its lead to 6-0 over the next two innings with two runs in the second and a run in the third.
In the second, senior Laura Trout drew a leadoff walk, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a single from Wiggins. Wiggins then stole second and third and a walk to Hesson put runners at the corners. The Bulldogs then executed a double steal with Wiggins scoring on the steal of home as she successfully swiped all three bases in the inning.
In the third, Razey led off with a single to left center and sophomore Macie Couey came on as a pinch runner. Two groundouts moved Couey around to third setting up an RBI single to shallow left center from senior Jennie Auger.
The Bulldogs then put up four more runs in the fourth. Wiggins drew a leadoff walk and stole second to become the first Bulldog to steal four bases in a game since Kellie Middleton stole a school record five against McNeese State on Feb. 11, 2007. After a walk to Goler and an Ole Miss pitching change to bring in Lindsey Perry, Hesson singled to shallow right to load the bases for Razey. Razey then delivered a three-run double to left to give her a third-straight game with at least three RBI. Razey moved up to third on a wild pitch and scored Georgia's final run of the contest on a sacrifice fly to right from Hubbard.
Ole Miss plated its only run in the top of the fifth on a double to left center from Cali Overbeck. Brittany Broome scored the run from first after reaching on an infield single.
For head coach Lu Harris-Champer, Saturday's victory was collegiate career win number 749. She will go for the 750 milestone in Sunday's series finale with Ole Miss. Additionally, Friday's series opener was the 1,000th career game for Harris-Champer, and now in her 15th season, she holds an impressive career record of 749-251-1.
Saturday was also Alumni Day at Jack Turner Stadium with several former Bulldogs in attendance including Kristen Bell (2001-02), Lacey Gardner (2002-03), Michelle Green (2002-05), Ashley Godfrey (2003-06), Jade Jarvis (2003-05), Katie Lewis (2002-05), Megan McAllister (2004-07), Julie Milner (2001-04), Becky Mohl (2006-07), Julie Raiskums (2000-02), Victoria Sanders (2005-08) and Kristin Schnake (2007-09).
Admission is free to Sunday's UGA-UM series finale and the first 500 fans will receive a Georgia softball tumbler glass. Live audio and live stats will also be available on www.georgiadogs.com.