April 24, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 23 University of Georgia softball team fell to the Georgia State Panthers 10-7 on Wednesday evening at the Jack Turner Stadium. The Bulldogs moved to 34-16 on the season as Georgia State improved to 33-16.
Chelsea Wilkinson (5-3) got the start and suffered the loss for Georgia after throwing 4 1/3 innings, which included two hits, three runs and eight strikeouts. Morgan Montemayor also saw time in the circle for Georgia, pitching 3 2/3 innings for two strikeouts, eight hits and seven runs, three of which were earned.
Katie Worley (13-9) recorded the win for the Panthers after pitching six innings with three hits, two runs and five strikeouts. Kaitlyn Medlam started the game for the Panthers and threw two innings, allowing five hits, five runs and no strikeouts.
In the second inning, Katie Browne hit a two-out home run over the left field wall to put Georgia up 1-0.
The Panthers went up 2-1 in the top of the third inning, when Brenna Morrissey and Callie Alford were driven in by a pair of singles. A pop fly to second base ended the inning before Georgia State could add more runs to the board.
The Bulldogs took the lead back, 3-2, in the bottom of the third, after Kaylee Puailoa hit a two-run double off the right field wall to bring home Niaja Griffin and Paige Wilson, who reached on a walk and single, respectively. After Puailoa's hit, the Panthers called the bullpen and brought Worley to the circle. Georgia increased its advantage to 4-2 when Tess Sito drove in Tiesha Reed, who was pinch running for Geri Ann Glasco, off of a fly out to left field. Maya Branch crossed home and stretched Georgia's lead to 5-2 when the catcher threw down to second trying to catch Anna Swafford as she stole second base.
Georgia State tied the game, 5-5, in the fourth inning when Phillips, Taylor Anderson and Jessica Clifton all crossed home. Phillips came home off of a fielder's choice, while Anderson and Clifton both crossed off of wild pitches.
The Panthers retook the lead in the sixth inning on a two-run home run by Alford. After a single and walk put a pair of runners on, Wilkinson reentered for the Bulldogs and retired the side to end the inning and leave a pair of Panthers stranded.
In the bottom of the sixth, Glasco hit a bases-clearing double to drive in Samantha LaZear and Griffin and tie the score at 7-7. LaZear reached on a single and Griffin took her base on a fielder's choice.
Wilkinson retired the side in the top of the seventh to keep the score tied at 7-7. The Bulldogs were unable to score in the bottom of the seventh, which sent the game into extra innings.
The Panthers went up 10-7 in the eighth when Lauren Coleman hit a two-run homerun and Bethany Horne hit a double that brought in Ashley Christy. Georgia was retired in order in the bottom of the eighth, sealing the win for Georgia State.
The Bulldogs return to action on Friday, April 26 when they travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the No. 2/3 Florida Gators at 5 p.m., in the first of a three game series. Georgia will return home to close out the regular season with a series against LSU May 3-5.