April 16, 2014
ATLANTA, Ga. - The No. 15/18 Georgia softball team routed Georgia Tech 15-1 in five innings, completing the regular-season sweep of the Yellow Jackets on Wednesday, April 16 at Mewborn Field in Atlanta, Ga. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 36-8 on the year, while Georgia Tech drops to 21-18. The Bulldogs showed their prowess at the plate, picking up 15 runs on 12 hits. The Bulldogs were especially tenacious with two outs, as nine of 14 runners reached with two away.
Chelsea Wilkinson got the start and the win for the Bulldogs to improve to 22-5 on the year. She scattered just two hits and three walks in four innings in the circle. Bekah Farris closed out the game, allowing one run on one hit and struck out one batter in one inning of the circle. Kanani Cabrales earned the start for the Yellow Jackets and suffered the loss to fall to 7-8 overall. She allowed six runs on two hits, three walks and a hit batter. Kylie Kleinschmidt and Ashley Clifton combined for 4.1 innings, giving up nine runs on 10 hits and four walks.
Every player on the Georgia roster got in during the game, with every starter scoring at least one run. Paige Wilson and Geri Ann Glasco led the offense, picking up two hits and three RBI each. The Bulldogs also got home runs by Alex Hugo, Tina Iosefa and Katie Browne in the dominating performance.
The Bulldogs scored early and often in the first inning, scoring six runs on three hits, three walks and two hit batsmen. Starting pitcher Cabrales walked the first two batters she faced before an infield single by Kaylee Puailoa beat the throw from short for an infield single that loaded the bases. With one out, Iosefa was hit by a pitch, scoring Wilson and making it a 1-0 game. Holding a 1-0 lead, Browne lined out to short, but a throwing error by the shortstop allowed Glasco to cross the plate and give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. With two away, Anna Swafford delivered a two-run single to left field that scored Puailoa and Iosefa. Bethany Beggs and Samantha LaZear loaded the bases for the Bulldogs once again and scored on a two-out, two-run single by Wilson resulted in a 6-0 Georgia lead.
Georgia made it a 7-0 game in the top of the second inning on monster home run by Iosefa. After two quick outs, Iosefa fell behind 0-2 in the count before crushing her fifth home run of the year high deep over the wall in left field. It was the third home run in four games for Iosefa.
The Bulldogs scored four runs with two outs in the top of the third inning to extend their lead to 11-0. After two groundouts, LaZear sparked the offense by drawing a walk and stealing second. She scored one batter later when Wilson singled up the middle and into center field. With a runner at first, Glasco belted a single off the wall in center, allowing Wilson to score Georgia's ninth run of the game. With pinch runner Tiesha Reed standing at first, Hugo hit a two-run home run over the scoreboard in left field that gave Georgia an 11-0 lead.
A leadoff home run in the fourth by Browne helped the Bulldogs to a 12-0 lead and became the ninth different Bulldog to score a run in the game. Swafford and Kaylee Williams followed with a single and a walk to put two on for the Bulldogs. With two on and two outs, Glasco singled off the wall in left field, allowing both runners to score to put the Bulldogs up 14-0.
Georgia Tech looked to score in the bottom of the fourth, as it loaded the bases with two outs. Wilkinson settled in and recorded the final out to end the inning.
Georgia Tech avoided the shutout by scoring one run in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI-single.
The Bulldogs step back into Southeastern Conference play this weekend when they host No. 23/23 Auburn in a three-game series that is set to begin at 6 p.m., on Friday, April 18 at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga.