May 5, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- The No. 24 University of Georgia softball team came from behind for a 10-5 victory over the No. 8/7 LSU Tigers on Sunday afternoon at Jack Turner Stadium to sweep the shortened, two-game series. Paige Wilson went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI to lead the Bulldogs as they improved to 37-18 for the season and 14-9 in Southeastern Conference play. The Tigers fell to 40-13 overall and 15-8 in league play.
Donning their pink jerseys for breast cancer awareness, the Bulldogs raised $5,800 for the Athens Regional Breast Health Center. LSU wore teal jerseys for ovarian cancer awareness, as both teams took part in a Strike Out Cancer inititive.
Morgan Montemayor (12-6) recorded the win for the Bulldogs, after coming in at the start of the sixth inning as relief for Geri Ann Glasco. Montemayor pitched two innings, giving up just three hits, no runs and two walks. Glasco got the start for Georgia, and allowed six hits and five runs, three of which were earned, in five innings of work. Glasco also struck out a game-high four batters.
Ashley Czechner (10-1) suffered the loss for LSU, after giving up 10 hits and 10 runs, nine of which were earned, in 5.1 innings in the circle. Rachele Fico also threw for the Tigers, after coming in as relief in the sixth inning. Fico faced two batters and recorded a walk before the inning ended.
With two outs, Georgia took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Niaja Griffin scored first, crossing home while LSU attempted to catch Anna Swafford stealing second. Swafford then came home when Wilson laced a double to the right field wall. A strikeout ended the inning before Wilson could score.
LSU tied the score 2-2 in the fourth inning when Rikki Alcaraz hit a two-run double to drive in Bianka Bell and Kellsi Kloss. A fly ball and strike out ended the inning before the Tigers could score again.
The Tigers took the lead, 3-2, in the top of the fifth, when Sandra Simmons was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Simone Heyward. LSU increased its lead to 5-2 after Kloss hit a double to bring home A.J. Andrews and Bell. Simmons was thrown out at third base on the play to record the second out of the inning. The Bulldogs ended the scoring streak when Christine Olney jumped up to catch a fly ball at the top of the left field wall.
Trailing 5-3 after Swafford's home run in the fifth, Georgia rallied in the sixth inning to take the lead, 10-5, after scoring seven runs. Samantha LaZear and Olney tied the game at 5-5 after coming home off of a double to the gap in center by Katie Browne. Pinch runner Tiesha Reed scored on a fielding error by the LSU third baseman that made it an 6-5 game. Wilson put Georgia up 9-5 after she sailed a homerun over the center field wall to bring in Griffin and Swafford. Glasco followed with a round-tripper of her own to round out the scoring and increase the Bulldogs' lead to 10-5. After the back-to-back home runs, LSU called the bullpen and brought Fico to the circle. With one out already recorded, Fico walked Tina Iosefa, Puailoa hit a fly out to right field and Katie Sowers, who was pinch running for Iosefa, was caught stealing second to end the inning.
The Tigers loaded the bases late in the seventh inning, but a ground out to Montemayor ended the game and kept LSU from a comeback of its own.
Next up, Georgia enters the SEC Tournament as the No. 5 seed and will face fourth-seeded LSU on Thursday, May 9 at 1:30 p.m. The SEC Tournament will be held May 8-11 at John Cropp Stadium in Lexington, Ky.