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April 25, 2012
ATHENS, Ga.--The No. 12 University of Georgia softball team (36-12) used early runs to race past Kennesaw State (28-22) Wednesday night 9-1 in six innings at Jack Turner Stadium.
Junior Tess Sito led the way offensively and in the circle, as the Ohio native went 4-for-5 on the night with a home run, scored a run and drove in two, while posting the game-ending RBI double. In the circle, Sito (8-1) earned the win after allowing three hits with seven strikeouts.
Kennesaw State's Abbey Mixon (7-5) took the loss after giving up five hits and five runs in 1.1 innings of work. Monica Vickery then came in for 1.2 innings to give up three hits and three runs while Amanda Henderson allowed one run on three hits in the final 2.2 innings.
Georgia came out explosive in the first inning, as Sito led off with a home run to right field. Pauly then reached on a fielding error before advancing to second on freshman Paige Wilson's single. With senior Kristyn Sandberg loading the bases on a hit by pitch, Griffin doubled off the left center wall to put the score at 3-0. Two more runs came across the plate with junior Christine Olney's extra-base hit to end the first at 5-0.
The Bulldogs plated three runs in the bottom third to increase their lead to 8-0. Griffin made her way to third off of a hit by pitch, stolen base and a groundout before reaching home on freshman Gracie Goulder's single up the middle. Freshman Anna Swafford then cleared the bases with her two-run home run swing.
The Owls got on the board in the fourth with Lindsay Vollmer getting things started with a single and advancing to second on a fielding error. Kaylee Williams then switched places with pinch runner Amanda Burns to make the score 8-1.
Sito helped seal the win in the sixth, as her game-ending RBI double gave Georgia the mercy-rule win. Olney opened the inning with a walk before getting to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pauly. Sito then sliced her double through the left side to end the game at 9-1.
Georgia travels to Baton Rouge this weekend to take on No. 23 LSU starting Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. ET.