April 20, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Georgia softball team recorded 18 hits, the most against a Southeastern Conference opponent this season, on its way to a 12-7 win over the No. 13/13 Texas A&M Aggies on a sun-drenched afternoon on Saturday, April 20 at JackTurner Stadium in Athens, Ga. The win sealed the series for the Bulldogs, who improved to 33-15 on te season and 10-7 in SEC play. Texas A&M dropped to 35-11 on the year and 6-10 in league play.
Morgan Montemayor came into the circle for Georgia with two outs in the bottom of the first and threw the final 6.1 innings to get the win and improve to 10-6 on the year. She through a gem for the Bulldogs, allowing just two runs on five hits and striking out eight batters. Chelsea Wilkinson got the start for the Bulldogs, giving up five runs on three hits in 0.2 innings of work. She also struck out two batters. Sara Mireles suffered the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season. She allowed five runs on five hits in one inning in relief. Lauren Ainsley started for the Aggies and allowed four runs on eight hits in two innings in the circle. The Aggies went to reliever Kristen Davenport in fourth inning and had her throw the final three innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks.
Wilkinson struck out the first two batters she faced before giving up a solo home run that gave the Aggies an early 1-0. With a pair of runners on, Nicole Morgan doubled down the left field line that scored Jenna Stark and made it a 2-0 game. Cali Lanphear followed with a three-run home run to right field that put the Aggies up 5-0. Georgia then turned to Montemayor came with two outs in fifth and induced a groundout to short that ended the inning.
Kaylee Puailoa took the first pitch she saw in the bottom of the second up the middle for a leadoff single. Tina Iosefa followed by working a 3-0 count before driving a pitch through the hole in the left side to put runners at first and second. With runners at the corners with one out, Anna Swafford hit a single up the middle that scored Puailoa and got the Bulldogs on the board at 5-1. A one-out single by Katie Browne loaded the bases for pinch hitter Christine Olney, who delivered a hard hit single up the middle that scored Iosefa and Swafford and made it a 5-3 game. With a runner at third, Browne came home a passed ball that made it a one-run game at 5-4. Griffin singled back to the pitcher before being called out trying for third on a single by Paige Wilson.
Georgia scored two runs in the bottom of the third to take a 6-5 lead. Texas A&M made a call to the bullpen and brought in Mireles who got the first out on a pop out. Puailoa then hammered the first pitch she saw over the trees in right field to tie the game at 5-5. With runners at second and third with one out, Swafford singled to left that scored Iosefa for the go-ahead run that put the Bulldogs up 6-5.
The Aggies looked to answer in the top of the fourth, as Brittany Clopton hit a one-out single and moved to third on a Georgia throwing error. Montemayor then struck out the final two batters to end the inning and leave the tying run stranded at third.
Griffin led off the fourth by being hit by a pitch and moved to second when Wilson picked up her second hit of the day with a bunt single. With a pair of runners on, Geri Ann Glasco belted a no-doubter over the pines in right center that extended Georgia's lead to 9-5. With two outs, Sito doubled down the left field line and scored Georgia's 10th run of the game when Swafford tripled off the wall in left center.
The Bulldogs didn't let off the gas, adding two runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 12-5 lead. Samantha LaZear led off the inning with a single, but was out at second as Griffin hit into a fielder's choice. With one out and runner at first, Wilson launched a pitch deep over the left field wall for a two-run home run that made it a 12-5 game.
Texas A&M got a run in the sixth and seventh innings that resulted in a final score of 12-7. Kaylee Rayburn drove in the Aggies' sixth run on a single through the left side. A RBI-single by Lanphear made it a 12-7 game in the seventh, as Cassie Tysarczyk scored on the play. Sito sealed the Georgia win with a leaping grab at second for the final out of the game.
Georgia will set out for its third SEC sweep of the season when it takes on the Aggies in the series finale tomorrow, April 21, at 2 p.m., at Jack Turner Stadium.