April 29, 2011
AUBURN, Ala. - Junior Ashley Razey blasted a two-out, three-run fifth inning home run off the scoreboard in left center to lead the fourth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs past the 25th-ranked Auburn Tigers, 6-1, at Jane B. Moore Field Friday night.
Auburn (34-15, 11-12 Southeastern Conference) and Georgia (42-7, 15-6 SEC) exchanged unearned runs in the first and second innings, respectively. The score remained tied 1-1 going to the fifth, where Razey put the Bulldogs ahead 4-1 on the three run homer that followed an Alisa Goler two-out walk and single up the middle from senior Brianna Hesson. It was the 10th home run of the season for Razey and the 70th home run of the year for the Bulldogs.
The Tigers picked up their run in the first as Morgan Estell led off with a single, moved around to third on a Bulldog error on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly to left from Amber Harrison. Georgia then evened the contest in the top of the second. With the bases full of Bulldogs, senior Taylor Schlopy reached on a fielder's choice as junior Brittney Hubbard scored.
In the bottom of the second, a pair of singles from the Tigers chased Georgia freshman starter Morgan Montemayor. The Bulldogs then turned to sophomore Alison Owen with the two runners aboard and no outs, and Owen got out of the inning unscathed en route to pitching five innings for the Bulldogs allowing just two hits and striking out five to improve to 15-2 on the year. Senior Katie Murphy came on and closed the door on the Tigers in the seventh.
Auburn starter Angel Bunner, who surrendered the three-run home run to Razey, suffered the loss to fall to 12-6.
In the sixth, Bunner was relieved by Jenee Loree and the Bulldogs notched two more two-out runs in the frame to extend the lead to 6-1. In a similar manner as the fifth inning, junior Ashley Pauly drew a two-out walk and was followed by a single to left from senior Taylor Schlopy. Next, senior Megan Wiggins provided her second double of the game to drive in the two runs. It was also Wiggins' team-leading 18th double hit of the year, which ties for fourth-most in a single season at UGA.
Georgia and Auburn return to Moore Field for game two of the series on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.