May 22, 2011
ATHENS --- The eighth-ranked Georgia softball team jumped on Florida State with six runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 10-2 six-inning win over the Seminoles in the championship game of the NCAA Athens Regional Sunday at Jack Turner Stadium. The Bulldogs pounded out 13 hits and took advantage of five Florida State errors to improve to 50-12 on the season.
This marks the fifth time the Bulldogs have won their opening regional and this will be Georgia's fourth straight trip to the NCAA Super Regionals. UGA will now face Baylor next week in the Super Regional, and the NCAA will announce the site and schedule for the Super Regional following the completion of all the regional games.
"I'm super proud of our defense today," Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer said. "They came out expecting every ball to come to them. We had some great plays because of that. Our offense as well had a great game. Taylor Schlopy and Megan Wiggins set the tone at the top of the order. Our offense was just really aggressive. We came out swinging the bat and putting the ball in play. We were also very aggressive on the base paths."
Georgia struck for two runs in the top of the first. Megan Wiggins led off with a double, then scored on a Taylor Schlopy single to left field and the Bulldogs led 1-0 just five pitches into the game. Schlopy then stole second and eventually scored on a pair of throwing errors by the Seminoles.
The Bulldogs then added four more runs to take a 6-0 lead in the top of the second. With one out, Wiggins tied Kellie Middleton's single season school record with her 22nd double, and eventually came around to score on an RBI single by Brianna Hesson. Two more runs scored on another error by the Seminoles, and Ashley Razey drove in Georgia's fourth run of the inning on a fielder's choice.
Florida State (32-28) scored one run in the second and third innings to pull to within 6-2, then Georgia's Brittany Hubbard blasted an opposite-field home run in the fifth to push the lead back to five runs.
Georgia tacked on three more runs in the sixth on a two-run double by Laura Trout and an RBI single by Ashley Pauly.
Wiggins and Trout had three hits apiece to lead Georgia, while Schlopy and Hubbard each had two hits. Trout has now hit safely in 11 straight games for the Bulldogs.
"We came out and played our game," Schlopy said. " We focused on our opponent. They're a great ballclub and we respect them. We had all three aspects of the game working in hitting, fielding and pitching. We played Georgia softball and we're just proud of ourselves.
Freshman Morgan Montemayor (26-3) won for the third time this weekend, allowing just two runs - one earned - on three hits in six innings. Seminole starter Sarah Hamilton (19-19) took the loss, surrendering two runs on three hits in just one inning.
With two wins in the Super Regional next week, Georgia will advance to the College World Series for the third straight year.
2011 NCAA ATHENS REGIONAL RESULTS:
Friday, May 20
2:30 p.m. Game 1: UAB d. Florida State, 2-0
5 p.m. Game 2: Georgia d. Georgia State, 8-0 (5 innings)
Saturday, May 21
12 p.m. Game 3: Georgia d. UAB, 9-2
2:30 p.m. Game 4: Florida State d. Georgia State, 6-1
5 p.m. Game 5: Florida State d. Georgia State, 13-1 (6 innings)
Sunday, May 22
12 p.m. Game 6: Georgia d. Florida State, 10-2 (6 innings)