April 28, 2013
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 23 University of Georgia softball team fell 5-0 to the No. 2/3 Florida Gators in the rubber game of the Southeastern Conference series. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 35-18 on the year and 12-9 in the SEC. Florida is now 47-6 overall and 16-5 in the SEC.
Chelsea Wilkinson got the start for Georgia in the circle and threw three innings, allowing four runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and two walks to take the loss and fall to 6-4 on the year. She also struck out five batters, bringing her weekend total to 19. Morgan Montemayor did her job in relief, allowing just one run on two hits in the final three innings of work. Hannah Rogers made the start for Florida and improved to 26-4 on the year. She allowed did not allow run and scattered two hits, but walked seven in the complete game performance.
The Gators took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases with two outs before an error at third allowed a pair of Florida runners to score. Wilkinson struck out the next batter on four pitches to end the inning.
Georgia got runners on in the second and third innings, all by way of walks, but each was left stranded, ending any chance of cutting into the Florida lead.
With two outs in the bottom of the third, Florida recorded back-to-back singles that put runners on for Taylor Schwarz who tripled into the right field corner that cleared the bases and gave the Gators a 4-0 lead.
Anna Swafford collected Georgia’s first hit of the game when she led off fourth inning with a single into shallow center. Katie Browne walked before Niaja Griffin was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With the bases loaded and two outs, Christine Olney came on to pinch hit but grounded out to first to end the inning.
Georgia turned to Montemayor in the bottom of the fourth. Florida got a pair of runners on with a walk and a bunt single, but a 5-6-5 fielder’s choice got the lead runner out at third, before a grounder to Paige Wilson at short ended the inning.
For the fourth time in five innings, Georgia put its leadoff runner aboard, as Sito singled to short in the fifth but Florida turned a double play to wipe the bases clean. A fly out to left ended the inning.
Florida extended its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Lauren Haeger led off with a home run to left field. Montemayor answered by setting down the next three Florida batters in order to end the inning.
The teams were quiet over the final two innings, as Florida clinched the series with a 5-0 win.
Georgia returns home for the final games of the regular season when it hosts No. 12 LSU for a three-game series that is set to begin on Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m.