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May 18, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - The University of Georgia softball team dropped a 2-0 decision to Regional Host and fifth-seeded Arizona State on Saturday, May 18, at Farrington Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. Georgia is now 39-20 on the season, while Arizona State improves to 47-10.
Chelsea Wilkinson took the loss for the Bulldogs to fall to 8-5 on the year. She allowed two runs on six hits in the complete-game performance. Dallas Escobedo threw a complete-game one hitter to improve to 27-4 on the year. She allowed just one hit and struck out 11 in the win.
Kaylee Puailoa gave the Bulldogs their first base runner of the game when she drew a one-out walk. She moved to second on a groundout to second, but pinch runner Maya Branch was left stranded as the final batter was caught looking.
After Wilkinson retired the first eight batters in order, Bailey Wigness and Alix Johnson strung together back-to-back singles to put runners at first and second with two outs in the bottom of the third. Cheyenne Coyle then doubled home Wigness to give the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead, but Branch threw out Johnson at home to end the inning.
Wilkinson settled in and retired four of the next six batters she faced, keeping the potent Arizona State offense at bay for the next two innings.
Anna Swafford broke up Escobedo's no hitter with a two-out single to short in the top of the sixth. She was left stranded after Wigness came up with a catch in foul territory down the left field line for the final out of the inning.
ASU made it a 2-0 game in the bottom of the sixth when Amber Freeman hit a solo home run to left center field.
Georgia will take on either San Jose State or San Diego State tonight at 11 p.m. ET, in an elimination game.