Georgia Defeats UAB 3-0 in NCAA Regional Elimination Game
Highlights of Georgia's 3-0 win over UAB in an elimination game on Saturday night.
More Video: Post Game Press Conference
May 17, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The fourth-seeded Georgia softball team used home runs from Anna Swafford and Paige Wilsonto defeat UAB 3-0 in an elimination game in the NCAA Athens Regional at Jack Turner Stadium on Saturday, May 17 in Athens, Georgia.
With the win, Georgia moves to 47-13 on the year while UAB's season ends at 32-27 overall. The win also marks the 800th all-time victory for the Georgia softball program.
Sophomore Chelsea Wilkinson(31-8) pitched a complete game en route to earning the win for the Bulldogs. The North Carolina native gave up just three hits and two walks while tying a season-high with 14 strikeouts. Leigh Streetman (19-17) took the loss for the Blazers, giving up four hits and three runs in 6.1 innings of work, while also recording three strikeouts and three walks.
"I'm proud of our two big, clutch hits from (Anna) Swafford and Red (Paige Wilson)," said Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer. "You can't say enough about Chelsea, too. I thought she was absolutely phenomenal and really led our team in a number of different ways."
Saturday's win against UAB gave Wilkinson her eighth double-digit strikeout performance this season and her first since May 2 in a 5-1 victory over Kentucky.
Wilson finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run, a pair of RBIs and a walk. Along with Swafford's home run, Kaylee Puailoa and Samantha LaZear also recorded a hit apiece for the Bulldogs.
Swafford put Georgia on the scoreboard first, 1-0, when she launched a solo home run over the left center field fence to lead off the second inning. The Bulldogs served as the designated visiting team in the regional game, despite playing on their home field.
Wilkinson made quick work of the UAB lineup early on, striking out six of the first seven batters she faced, including six straight after UAB's second batter of the game, Kristen McGrath, reached base when hit by a pitch.
The Blazers threatened in the bottom of the fourth when Megan McGrath singled through the right side to leadoff the inning and Mary Warren drew a one-out walk to put two runners on base. Wilkinson responded by inducing a foul pop up and striking out Amy Dennis to end the inning and keep UAB scoreless.
Georgia added two more runs in the fifth as LaZear led off the inning by beating out an infield single and Wilson followed with a two-run home run over the right field wall that extended Georgia's lead to 3-0.
Afer a scoreless sixth inning by both teams, Lannah Campbell entered the game for the Blazers with one out in the seventh, recording the final two outs of the inning on a double play.
Georgia returns to action at Jack Turner Stadium tomorrow at noon to take on N.C. State. The Bulldogs fell 5-4 to the Wolfpack earlier today and must win twice against N.C. State tomorrow in order to advance out of the regional. If Georgia wins the first game, the second game will be played at approximately 2:30 p.m. Rain is expected in tomorrow's forecast, so stay tuned to georgiadogs.com for any scheduling updates that may occur.
UAB Head Coach Maria Townsend:
On getting calls...
Megan McGrath, UAB Infielder
On Chelsea Wilkinson...
Georgia Head Coach Lu Harris-Champer
Chelsea Wilkinson, Pitcher
"We went into the first and second game fighting, wanting to win and wanting to advance and we knew that losers go home. We aren't ready to go home yet."
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