More Video: Post Game Press Conference
May 18, 2012
ATHENS, Ga.--The No. 10 overall seed University of Georgia softball team took game two of the Athens Regional 13-3 over Coastal Carolina in five innings Friday at Jack Turner Stadium. With the win, Georgia improves its overall record to 42-15 while CCU is 43-19.
The offense took over the game for Georgia, as 12 hits came off of the Bulldogs' bats. Freshman Gracie Goulder led the way with a perfect 3-for-3 performance with three runs and one RBI. Seniors Ashley Pauly and Ashley Razey posted two hits each to round out the multi-hit efforts. Pauly added three RBI and one run while Razey notched two runs and two RBI.
Senior Erin Arevalo (24-7) earned the win after allowing three runs on three hits while striking out five in 4.0 innings. Sophomore Morgan Montemayor finished the game, as she struck out two of the three batters faced. CCU's Kiana Quolas (24-10) took the loss after giving up five runs on seven hits in 1.1 innings of work. Ashley Bagwell followed Quolas in the circle, and gave up eight runs on five hits.
CCU jumped out of the gates with a 2-0 lead in the first. Sarah Maples opened the game with a single before a two-base Georgia error put her to third and Brooke Donovan at second. A Kory Hayden RBI-single the following at-bat scored Maples before a groundout brought home Donovan.
A quick answer came from Georgia in the bottom first, as the Bulldogs pulled ahead 3-2. Pauly and freshman Paige Wilson started a string of five-straight hits from Georgia with both hitting a single up the middle. As the base runners advanced to third and second, respectively, off of a wild pitch, senior Kristyn Sandberg's two-RBI single tied the game. Razey then sliced a hit through the left side to give Georgia the lead.
A two-run second inning from Georgia extended its lead to 5-2. Goulder made her way to third off of a single to right, stolen base and fly ball before junior Tess Sito made it to second on a hit by pitch and stolen base. Pauly then dropped a single in the right-center gap to bring in the runs.
The Chanticleers added a run in the third inning after a two-out walk allowed Hayden to reach and eventually score with an error and Cacia Pierre single. In the home half of the inning, Razey added a solo home run while freshman Niaja Griffin blasted her first career home run with a two-run shot that put the score at 8-3. Later in the inning with Goulder on third and Swafford on second, a Pauly groundout sent Goulder home and set the lead at 9-3.
Georgia closed the game in the fourth with four more runs to take the win 13-3. Sophomore Macie Couey would pinch run for Sandberg and steal third and score on a CCU error. With the error, Razey took second before eventually scoring on another miscue on Griffin's at-bat. Goulder followed with a two-base hit down the left field line for a RBI, as she would score two batters later on senior Brittney Hubbard's sacrifice fly.
The Bulldogs will continue Regional action on Saturday, May 19 with game three at noon versus North Carolina. The loser of that game will take on the winner of Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina at 5 p.m.
2012 NCAA Division I Softball Championship
Georgia 13, Coastal Carolina 3
Georgia Head Coach Lu Harris-Champer
"I'm just really proud of the team for fighting back after that first inning, putting some runs on the board. I thought our offense was on point for what we had trained and we executed the plan. I think the team really showed a lot of grit. If you don't get one side of the ball, play the other side. If you don't get it done on defense, find a way to get it done on offense. We were able to do that today."
Georgia 2B Ashley Pauly
"It was really important to bounce back (after 1st inning). That stuff happens, but it was good for us to come right back, settle down and get back into it. We knew we had to go to work and get the runs back."
Georgia LF Niaja Griffin
(On 1st collegiate home run) "It felt great. I was really just trying to move the runner. It looked fat coming in. I knew it was going over after I hit it."
Coastal Carolina Head Coach Kelley Green
"Our offense did as good a job as we can expect form them. They came out strong in the first inning putting balls in play and scoring two runs, I think we did a good job all game of putting the ball in play. Georgia is one of the best teams in the nation, and I was pleased that we were able to put up a few runs, but in the end we just couldn't hang with this Georgia team."
On regrouping after a tough loss...
"It's really about moving on. We got a lot of great experience today and I was pleased with our offense so hopefully we can carry that confidence over to tomorrow. (Erin) Arevalo is one of the top pitchers in the nation and to be able to score three runs off of her and this Georgia defense is something to be proud of."
Coastal Carolina DP Cacia Pierre
On her RBI hit in the first inning...
"Coach Green has been stressing staying calm and focusing on what you need to do in your at-bat, and my goal in the first inning was to try and get around on a pitch so that our runner could score from third base."
On regrouping after a tough loss...
"We've been focusing a lot on not thinking about the future or dwelling on the past, we just want to think about each pitch as it comes up and not get ahead of ourselves in each situation."