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May 6, 2012
ATHENS, Ga.--The No. 11 University of Georgia softball team closed out the regular season and its senior day with a 7-1 win over Arkansas on Sunday afternoon at Jack Turner Stadium.
With the win, Georgia finishes the regular season at 40-14 and 17-11 in the Southeastern Conference, while Arkansas moves to 27-26 overall and 7-21 in the conference. The 2012 season marks the 11th season for Georgia to reach 40 or more wins, all of which came with head coach Lu Harris-Champer at the helm.
Senior Erin Arevalo (22-6) earned the win after notching another double-digit strikeout performance with 10. The California native gave up one unearned run on five hits and walked two. Arkansas' Kimmy Beasley (10-9) took the loss after five up three runs on two hits in 1.2 innings of work. Chelsea Cohen finished the game, as she allowed four runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Arkansas jumped out of the gate to take a 1-0 lead in the first. Clarisa Navarro doubled down the left field line before advancing to third on a groundout. Jennifer Rambo then reached first on a Georgia fielding error that allowed Navarro to score.
Georgia quickly answered with back-to-back home runs in the first and second inning. Freshman Paige Wilson sent a two-run bomb over the trees in right center before freshman Gracie Goulder's solo shot in the second made it a 3-1 game.
A three-run fourth inning for the Bulldogs increased Georgia's lead to 6-1. With pinch runner Anna Swafford and Goulder in scoring position at third and second, respectively, senior Brittney Hubbard put a sacrifice fly in right field for the first run. Junior Tess Sito then doubled down the right field to score Goulder before Pauly put a hit in left field to allow Sito around the bases.
Senior Kristyn Sandberg then closed the game at 7-1 in the fifth with her 17th home run of the season.
With the regular season finished, Georgia will now compete in the SEC Tournament starting on Thursday, May 10 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.