May 8, 2014
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Chelsea Wilkinson threw a complete-game shutout as the fifth-seeded Georgia softball team handed the fourth-seeded Florida Gators a 2-0 loss in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Columbia, South Carolina. With the win, the Bulldogs will advance to the semifinal round of the tournament for the third straight year. Georgia is now 43-12 on the year, while Florida dropped to 45-11
The win was Georgia's fifth win over a top-10 opponent in the last six games.
Wilkinson was lights out as she was perfect through four innings and gave up just two hits and struck out nine in her 22nd complete game performance of the season. She is now 27-7 on the year. Florida used three pitchers in the game. Lauren Haeger got the start and suffered the loss to fall to 9-2 on the year. She allowed two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits and two walks in 4.1 innings of work. The Gators turned to ace Hannah Rogers, who threw 1.2 innings for the Gators and allowed just one hit. Delanie Gourley allowed just one hit in the final inning of the game.
Geri Ann Glasco delivered the game-winning hit with a two-run single in the fifth. She and Paige Wilson combined for four of Georgia's five hits, while Katie Browne had Georgia's fifth hit of the game.
After a pitcher's dual that lasted the first four innings, Georgia took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning. Browne led off the inning with a single into left field. Pinch hitter Malia Rivers and Sam LaZear then reached on a pair of fielder's choices before Wilson singled that loaded the bases and forced Florida to go to the bullpen for Rogers. Glasco greeted the new pitcher with a single up the middle that scored both Rivers and LaZear to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
The Gators looked to get a run across in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two away, Justine McLean reached on a Georgia error and moved to second after Schwarz drew a five-pitch walk. After McLean stole third, Wilkinson struck out Fuller on three pitches to end the inning and any threat of a Florida run.
Georgia will face the winner of the Alabama and Auburn game tomorrow, May 9, at Carolina Softball Stadium. The Bulldogs went 1-2 against Alabama in the regular-season and 2-1 against Auburn.