May 5, 2012
ATHENS, Ga.--The No. 11 University of Georgia softball team split a doubleheader with Arkansas on Saturday afternoon, as the Bulldogs (39-14, 16-11) took game one 3-2 and fell to the Razorbacks (27-25, 7-20) 2-1 in the day's finale.
In the twin bill, junior Christine Olney led the team with three hits on the day for a .500 batting average. Senior Ashley Pauly followed batting at .400 with one RBI, while junior Tess Sito had two runs and two hits.
Game One - Georgia 3, Arkansas 2
Sito provided the game-winning hit in the first of Saturday's doubleheader with a two-out, RBI-single to center that scored freshman Niaja Griffin to take the 3-2 win. Griffin led the inning off with an infield single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch.
Erin Arevalo picked up her 21st win of the season to move to 21-6 on the year. In seven innings in the circle, the senior allowed just two runs on three hits while striking out six. Arkansas' Kimmy Beasley (10-8) fell in the loss after the Bulldogs grabbed three runs and five hits off of the Razorback.
The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, as they sent six batters to the plate. Sito led off the game with a three-base error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Pauly. Freshman Paige Wilson's single brought senior Kristyn Sandberg to the plate where she was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second with one out. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position with one away. With two outs, Wilson crossed the plate on a wild pitch that gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
Arkansas cut the lead to one in the top of the fourth. Clarissa Navarro hit a one-out single and moved to third on a wild pitch and a groundout. With two away, Navarro scored on a wild pitch that made it a 2-1 game.
The score remained at 2-1 until Navarro belted a leadoff home run over the scoreboard in the top of the sixth that tied the game at two.
Game Two--Arkansas 2, Georgia 1
Despite outhitting Arkansas 8-4, Georgia was unable to get baserunners home and fell 2-1 in the final game.
Sophomore Morgan Montemayor (9-7) took the loss after giving up four hits with five strikeouts and a walk in seven innings of work. Arkansas' Hope McLemore earned her first win of the season after the Bulldogs nabbed one unearned run on seven hits and striking out two. Beasley took her first save of the season, as she gave up one hit in the final 1.2 innings in the circle.
Wilson provided an RBI-single up the middle to put Georgia ahead 1-0 in the bottom fifth. Sito scored the run after reaching first on a single and then moving to third on a stolen base and an Arkansas throwing error trying to catch her stealing second.
Arkansas then sealed the win after Devon Wallace put a two-run home run over the center field wall in the top of the sixth.
Georgia and Arkansas will play the final game of the regular season Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive at Jack Turner Stadium early, as seniors Brittney Hubbard, Ashley Razey, Ashley Pauly, Kristyn Sandberg and Erin Arevalo will be honored prior to the first pitch.