Senior Megan Wiggins hit her 40th career home run in Saturday's game at Auburn.
April 30, 2011
With the win, Auburn improved to 35-15 overall and 12-12 in Southeastern Conference action while evening the series at 1-1. Georgia, who won the series opener, 6-1 on Friday, dropped to 42-8 overall and 15-7 in league play with the loss. The two teams return to Moore Field to decide the series on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
All three of Auburn's runs scored unearned in the first inning. After a pair of one out singles, Kyndall White reached on a fielder's choice, and on the play, a Bulldog error left the bases full of Tigers. Next, Amber Harrison drove in the game's first run on a groundout, and Kelly Smiley followed with a two-run single to center.
With the lead, the Tigers' Lauren Schmalz settled in for a complete game allowing just one run on five hits while striking out six to improve to 14-5. Georgia senior Sarah McCloud fell to 4-2 with the loss while junior Erin Arevalo relieved McCloud in the first and pitched 5.1 scoreless innings allowing just three hits and striking out four.
Georgia's only run came in the third inning on a one-out, opposite field home run to left from senior Megan Wiggins. It was the seventh home run of the year for Wiggins and the 40th of her career. She becomes just the fourth player in school history to reach the 40 career home run total joining teammate Alisa Goler and former Bulldogs Megan McAllister and Ashley Godfrey.
Also of note for UGA, Goler drew her 55th walk of the season in the first inning to match her single-season school walk record set last year. It was also the 15th-straight game she has drawn a free pass.