No. 7 Georgia Powers Past Mississippi State, 10-2

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May 8, 2011

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ATHENS, Ga. - Seventh-ranked Georgia hit four, two-out home runs en route to defeating Mississippi State, 10-2, in five innings on Sunday afternoon in front of a Jack Turner Stadium crowd of 1,311.

 

Junior Brittney Hubbard (3-for-3) provided Georgia (44-10, 17-9 Southeastern Conference) with two of the four home runs, a solo shot in the second and two-run blast in the third. Two batters before Hubbard's two-run homer, junior Ashley Razey drilled a three-run homer. The fourth home run of the game for UGA was also of the two-run variety off of the bat of senior Brianna Hesson (2-for-3) in the fourth. All four home runs were to left field and all four came with two outs.

 

Sunday's win over Mississippi State (24-31, 10-18 SEC) provided Georgia with the series victory two games to one. MSU won the opener on Friday 8-6, but UGA took game two on Saturday, 4-3, before winning the finale.  

 

The series with MSU also concluded regular season SEC play for UGA, who clinched the No. 5 seed in the SEC Tournament set for May 12-14 in Oxford, Miss. Georgia's first game in the league tournament will come against fourth-seeded LSU on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET.

 

In Sunday's victory, Hubbard's solo home run in the second gave UGA a 1-0 lead. However, in the top of the third, Mississippi State's Briana Bell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to tie the game at 1-1.

 

Georgia quickly rebounded with five runs in the third to regain the lead at 6-1. With senior Megan Wiggins and Hesson aboard on a walk and a single, respectively, Razey clubbed her 11th home run of the season. Two batters later after junior Kristyn Sandberg was hit by a pitch, Hubbard's two-run blast went out over the scoreboard in left and ended the game for MSU starter Stephanie Becker, who took the loss to fall to 7-10. For Hubbard, the two home runs were her fifth and sixth of the year.

 

After Mississippi State cut the lead to 6-2 with a solo home run to right from Brittany Gates in the top of the fourth, Georgia answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to push its advantage to 9-2. Wiggins reached on a one-out single to center and came around to score on a RBI double to left center from senior Taylor Schlopy (2-for-3). Two batters later, Hesson hit her 14th home run of the season to make it a seven-run contest.

 

Georgia scored the final run needed to win by run rule in the fifth. Hubbard got  the inning going with a one-out single up the middle, and senior Laura Trout (2-for-3) followed with a bunt single moving Hubbard into scoring position at second. Junior Ashley Pauly then provided the game-ending RBI on a single to right.

 

Freshman Morgan Montemayor (20-3) earned the win from the circle after relieving sophomore starter Alison Owen in the second inning and pitched the remainder of the contest striking out six.

 

Prior to traveling to Oxford for the SEC Tournament Georgia will play host to double header with Longwood (34-12) on Wednesday. First pitch of the twin bill with the Lancers is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET.

 

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