April 28, 2012
BATON ROUGE, La. - The 12th-ranked University of Georgia softball picked up its fifth Southeastern Conference series win with a 6-1 victory over No. 23 LSU on Saturday afternoon in front of a capacity crowd at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.
Tess Sito earned the win to improve to 9-1 on the year. In 5.1 innings of work, Sito allowed one run on two hits and struck out three. Morgan Montemayor threw 1.2 innings of relief, allowing three hits and issuing just one walk. Brittany Mack dropped to 14-9 on the year, giving up six runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits and four hit batsmen. She also struck out seven.
Kristyn Sandberg led the Bulldogs offensively, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of singles and a double. Sandberg also scored a run for Georgia. Niaja Griffin was hit three times in four at bats and scored a run for the Bulldogs. Gracie Goulder went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI-singles.
The Bulldogs showed their offensive prowess in the top of the first, sending eight batters to the plate. Sito opened the game with a single and scored two batters later when Paige Wilson hit into a fielder's choice that put runners at first and second. Ashley Pauly, who reached on an error, came home on a Sandberg single and made it a 2-0 game. Wilson scored the final run of the inning when Christine Olney got the ball to drop down the right field line for a RBI-single.
Georgia added a pair of runs in the top of the third to take a 5-0 lead after Sandberg opened the inning with a double. Pinch runner Macie Couey moved to third on a groundout and came around to score on a passed ball by LSU. With one away, Griffin was hit by a pitch, stole second and came around to score as Gracie Goulder worked a long at bat into a RBI-single that gave the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead.
LSU got a run back in the bottom of the third to make it a 5-1 game. Dylan Supak started the inning by getting hit by a pitch and came around to score on a single by Juliana Santos.
Goulder came away with her second RBI-single of the day, rocketing a pitch to a diving Allison Falcon at second that scored Sandberg from second and extended the Bulldog lead to 6-1.
Sito retired seven-straight batters after giving up a single in the third before Montemayor came on in relief. Montemayor picked up the final five outs of the game to seal the game and series win for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs will go for its third SEC series sweep tomorrow afternoon when they take on LSU at 2 p.m. ET.