March 23, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Geri Ann Glasco and Tina Iosefa combined to go 6-of-9 with five home runs to lead the No. 23/24 University of Georgia softball team to a pair of victories over the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday, March 23 at Jack Turner Stadium. The Bulldogs took the first game 14-5 in five innings and won the second game in six innings by a score of 12-4. Georgia improved to 25-7 for the season and 6-0 in Southeastern Conference play, while the Rebels dropped to 19-18 overall and 1-8 in league play.
GEORGIA 14, OLE MISS 5
Glasco pitched a complete five innings and improved to 15-1 for the season. Glasco allowed five runs on six hits. After giving up four runs in the first, Glasco settled in and only allowed three runners to reach over the next three innings. Shelby Jo Fenter (6-7) suffered the loss for Ole Miss after pitching 1/3 of an inning and giving up six runs, all of which were earned, in seven batters faced. Lauren Lindsey and Madi Osias also saw time in the circle for Ole Miss. Lindsey gave up five runs on five hits while Osias allowed three runs off of two hits.
Ole Miss took an early lead in the first inning after a double drove in Brittany Broome for the first run. Erinn Jayjohn followed with a three-run home run to give the Rebels a 4-0 advantage. Georgia halted the Rebels' momentum and kept Ole Miss from scoring again in the first.
Ole Miss' lead was short lived as the Bulldogs scored nine runs in the bottom of the first to take a 9-4 lead. The scoring started when Kaylee Puailoa walked up to the plate with the bases loaded and knocked a solid single to right field to bring in Anna Swafford. Georgia inched its way towards a tie, using a walk, a single and hit by pitch to bring the score to 4-4. Just before the tying run, Ole Miss turned to the bullpen and brought Lindsey to the circle. A pass ball allowed Tess Sito to cross the plate and give the Bulldogs a 5-4 advantage. Swafford hit a bases-clearing triple to stretch Georgia's lead to 8-4. Glasco drove in the final run of the inning with a RBI-single that scored Swafford and gave Georgia a 9-4 lead.
Glasco hit her 10th home run of the season, tying her for the team lead, and extended Georgia's lead to 10-4 in the third inning.
The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 11-4 in the fourth inning after Sito roped a double to the right-center field wall and drove in Samantha LaZear. The Rebels scored a run in the fifth inning to cut Georgia's lead to 11-5.
Glasco hit her second home run of the game to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning and put Georgia up 12-5. The round-tripper marked the first time this season she has hit two home runs in a game. Puailoa ended the game when she delivered a walk-off two-run home run two batters later.
GEORGIA 12, OLE MISS 4
Chelsea Wilkinson (3-1) got the start in the second game and recorded the win after putting in five innings of work. Wilkinson, who did not give up a hit in the first three innings, allowed four runs off of five hits. Morgan Montemayor also saw time in the circle and recorded three strikeouts and just one walk in one inning. Carly Hummel (8-10) suffered the loss for the Rebels after giving up six runs off of six hits. Jayjohn came in as relief in the fifth inning and allowed six runs on five hits. Combined, Hummel and Jayjohn accounted for four walks and just one strikeout.
Glasco led off the game for Georgia with her third consecutive round-tripper of the day. Iosefa followed with a home run of her own and the Bulldogs took an early 2-0 lead.
A pitchers' duel ensued for the second and third innings before Ole Miss scored a run in the fourth inning when Jayjohn hit her second home run of the day. Georgia kept the score at 2-1 and ended the inning as Wilkinson induced a fly out to center field.
The Rebels tied the game, 2-2, in the top of the fifth with another home run. Once again, the Bulldogs halted Ole Miss' momentum and ended the inning with two consecutive outs following the hit.
Georgia took the lead back in the bottom of the fifth when Katie Browne hit a no-doubter over the scoreboard to lead off the inning. LaZear crossed home on a pass ball to extend Georgia's lead to 4-2. Georgia chased Carly Hummel from the circle and Ole Miss turned to Jayjohn just before the Bulldogs went up 7-2 when Iosefa added a three-run round-tripper to bring in Tiesha Reed and Swafford.
The Rebels cut into Georgia's lead in the sixth inning by opening with two home runs. The Bulldogs then brought Montemayor to the circle, who made quick work of ending the Rebels' at bat by striking out three of the four batters she faced.
Georgia sealed the victory with a five-run sixth inning, scoring all of its runs with two outs. Swafford started things off by crossing the plate on a bases loaded walk by Iosefa. Puailoa laced a single to center field to bring in Paige Wilson and Glasco and increase Georgia's advantage to 10-4. Sito ended the game with a walk-off double that scored Katie Sowers and Maya Branch, who were pinch running for Iosefa and Puailoa, respectively.
The Bulldogs will return to action on Wednesday, March 27 at 6 p.m., when they host Georgia Southern at Jack Turner Stadium.