Highlights from game two of the Georgia vs. Baylor NCAA Super Regional series.
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May 24, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The fourth seeded Georgia Bulldogs fell to the thirteenth seeded Baylor Bears by a final score of 6-3 in game two of the 2014 NCAA Athens Super Regional and were eliminated from the postseason Saturday, May 24 at Jack Turner Stadium.
Georgia finishes their season with a final record of 49-15, the most wins for the program since 2011 and nine more victories than the team recorded in 2013. Sophomore starter Chelsea Wilkinson (33-10) was credited with the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks with three strikeouts in six innings.
Sophomore slugger Alex Hugo was only given one opportunity to swing the bat Saturday afternoon and smashed her NCAA best 25th home run of the season. With the home run, Hugo gained sole possession of the Georgia school record for most home runs in a single season. Hugo was intentionally walked twice and was hit by a pitch in her other plate appearances in Saturday's game.
Baylor (47-14) battled with the Bulldogs all afternoon and scored four runs in the final two innings after not leading once all game long to earn the victory. Whitney Canion pitched a complete game and allowed three runs on eight hits and five walks with seven strikeouts to improve to 31-10 on the year. Linsey Hays (2-for-3, two RBIs and two runs scored) hit the go ahead home run for the Bears. With the win, Baylor advances to the 2014 NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The Bulldogs were the first to strike in game two as it took just two batters to push the first run across. Hugo crushed a one-out home run to straightaway centerfield to give Georgia an early 1-0 lead.
Baylor evened things up in the bottom of the second after Linsey Hays lead off the inning with a double off the top of the wall and then advanced to third on a single. Jordan Strickland then sent one deep to centerfield but Samantha LaZear made a spectacular leaping catch to rob Strickland of a home run. Hays scored on the sacrifice fly to even the score at 1-1.
Georgia reclaimed the lead in the top of the fourth inning thanks to aggressive base running by Niaja Griffin. Griffin came on as a pinch runner after Katie Browne led off the inning with a single. Griffin then advanced all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an infield single by LaZear to put the Bulldogs back on top 2-1.
Baylor immediately tied the game up again in the bottom of the fourth. The Bears got a walk and a single to start the inning, and then advanced both runners into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Lindsey Cargill drove in the tying run on a sacrifice fly to even the score at 2-2.
The Bulldogs continued to fight off the Bears, as Georgia was able to take the lead again in the top of the fifth. A lead off double by Tina Iosefa set the tone for the inning. Katie Sowers came in to pinch run for Iosefa and later advanced to third after a walk and a fielder's choice that loaded the bases. Bethany Beggs then delivered a sacrifice fly into right field that allowed Sowers to score the go-ahead run and put Georgia up 3-2 heading into the fifth inning stretch.
Baylor kept coming back, however, and took their first lead of the ball game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hays came up big again for the Bears, hitting a two-run home run to right. Her 13th homer of the season gave the Bears a 4-3 lead going into the sixth.
The Bears added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth thanks to three errors by Georgia's defense. Throwing errors by Browne and Hugo, as well as an error by Glasco, allowed two runs to score as Baylor increased their lead to the final tally of 6-3.
Georgia finishes the 2014 campaign as SEC Tournament Champions for the first time in school history and advanced to the NCAA Super Regional round for the sixth time in the last seven years.