May 18, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. – After a nearly seven-hour rain delay, the fourth seeded Georgia Bulldogs hit six home runs in game one of the NCAA Athens Regional final on Sunday May 18 to defeat NC State 9-1 and force a second game at Jack Turner Stadium.
Georgia (48-13) starter Chelsea Wilkinson (32-8) rebounded from her tough outing against the Wolfpack on Saturday May 17 with a stellar performance in game one. Wilkinson pitched four innings of shutout ball, allowing just two hits and a walk while registering six strikeouts. Geri Ann Glasco pitched three innings in relief and allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Both Tina Iosefa and Glasco hit two home runs in the game while Katie Browne and Anna Swafford each added a home run of their own to help power the offense. Georgia’s six home runs were one shy of tying a school record. The Bulldogs hit seven home runs in a game against Delaware State in 2013.
NC State’s (36-17) offense was limited to just one run on five hits after tallying five runs on eight hits against Wilkinson and the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. Renada Davis provided the lone run for the Wolfpack with a solo home run. Starter Emily Weiman (30-14) was credited with the loss after pitching two innings and allowing four runs on five hits. Courtney Mirabella came in relief for Weiman and pitched three innings, allowing three runs on two hits. Chelsea Stanfield also saw time in the circle for the Wolfpack and allowed two runs on three hits in two innings of work.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead over the Wolfpack, thanks to a two-run home run by Glasco. Paige Wilson lead off the game for the Bulldogs with her fifth triple of the season after battling Weiman, narrowly missing a home run herself. Glasco jumped on the first pitch she saw and sent her ninth homer of the season over the centerfield fence, putting Georgia on top 2-0 after the first half inning of play.
Iosefa extended the lead for Georgia in the top of the third inning with a two-run home run of her own. Glasco lead off the inning with a single before Iosefa smashed her ninth homer of the year over the fence in right-center to put the score at 4-0 in favor of the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs again extended their lead in the top of the fifth inning, thanks to home runs by Iosefa and Browne. Iosefa hit her second two-run homer of the game and tenth of the season, while Browne hit a towering solo-shot into left field, her eighth of the year, to put Georgia’s lead at 7-0.
The Wolfpack were able to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth with a home run of their own, this one a solo shot by Davis. Davis’ team-best 19th homer of the year came off of Glasco and cut Georgia’s lead to 7-1.
Both Glasco and Swafford went yard in the top of the seventh inning to put the score at the final tally of 9-1. Glasco’s second of the game was her tenth of the season and a solo shot. Swafford’s 12th of the season was moon shot that cleared the trees in left-center field completely.
Game two will take place approximately 30 minutes following the conclusion of game one. The winner of game two will advance to the Super Regional round of the 2014 NCAA Softball Championship.