May 19, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - The University of Georgia softball team dropped a 2-0 decision to the No. 5 National Seed Arizona State Sun Devils in the championship game of the Tempe Regional at Farrington Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. Georgia ends its season with a 40-21 record, marking the 12th-straight season that the Bulldogs have eclipsed the 40-win mark. Arizona State moves to 48-10 on the year and will advance to the Super Regional round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament where they will host Kentucky.
Chelsea Wilkinson got the start for the Bulldogs and fell to 8-6 on the year. She allowed two runs on two hits and a walk in one inning of work. Morgan Montemayor came on in relief of Wilkinson at the top of the second and threw six scoreless innings for the Bulldogs. She allowed just four hits and faced just three batters over the minimum while striking out one batter. Dallas Escobedo got the complete game win to improve to 28-4 on the season. She allowed just three hits and struck out five batters in the win.
The Sun Devils did not waste any time getting on the board, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Alix Johnson led off the game with a walk and then stole second. She came around to score on an RBI double off the bat of Amber Freeman. Haley Steele followed with a double down the left field line that scored Freeman and put the Sun Devils up 2-0. Wilkinson settled in and got the final two batters to fly out to end the inning.
Niaja Griffin led off the bottom of the first inning by legging out a slow roller to short for an infield single. She would be left stranded as the next three batters were retired in order.
The Bulldogs turned to Montemayor in the top of the second and retired the first four batters she faced before giving up a single in the bottom of the third. She then allowed just three base runners in the final four innings of work for the Bulldogs, keeping Georgia in the game.
Georgia put the leadoff runner aboard in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings but could not get a run across. Tess Sito was the Bulldogs best chance to score, reaching on a single and moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Christine Olney in the bottom of the fifth. The final two batters struck out to end the inning and left Sito stranded in scoring position.
The Bulldogs will return 13 players from this season's team in 2014, including their entire pitching staff and seven starters.