March 27, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Kaylee Puailoa went 3-for-3 with four RBI, including two home runs, to lead the No. 22/23 University of Georgia softball team to a 6-3 victory over the Georgia Southern Eagles on Wednesday, March 27, at Jack Turner Stadium. The Bulldogs improved to 26-7 for the season as the Eagles dropped to 15-18.
Geri Ann Glasco (16-1) got the start and the win for Georgia after putting in four innings of work, striking out seven batters and giving up just one hit. Chelsea Wilkinson came to the circle for the Bulldogs at the top of the fifth, threw for two innings, recorded three strike outs and gave up three hits and three earned runs. Morgan Montemayor came in as relief in the seventh inning and struck out the final three batters.
Sarah Purvis (8-11) suffered the loss for Georgia Southern after spending 3 1/3 innings in the circle and giving up eight hits and four earned runs. In one inning of work, Allie Miles gave up two hits and two earned runs before Brooke Red came to the circle for the final 1 and 2/3 innings. Red faced the minimum and kept Georgia from extending it's lead at the end of the game.
A pitchers' duel ensued for the next 2 1/2 innings before Puailoa put the Bulldogs up 3-0 in the fourth inning after sailing a home run over the lights at right-center field. After Katie Browne belted a double off the center field wall, the Eagles made a call to the bullpen to bring Miles to the circle. Christine Olney, who reached on a single, crossed the plate on a wild pitch to stretch Georgia's lead to 4-0.
Georgia went up 6-0 in the fifth inning after Puailoa knocked another no-doubter over the wall to drive in Iosefa, who reached on a walk. The second round-tripper marked Puailoa's second multi-home run game of the season. Tess Sito followed Puailoa with a walk before Georgia Southern turned to its third pitcher of the game, Red, who struck out Olney and Browne to end the inning.
The Eagles put runs on the board in the sixth inning when Tabby Douberley hit a three-run home run to decrease Georgia's lead to 6-3. Wilkinson struck out the next batter to end the inning and halt Georgia Southern's scoring.
Montemayor came to the circle at the top of the seventh and struck out the side to end the game and seal Georgia's win.
Next up, Georgia travels to Fayetteville, Ark., for a three-game series, starting at 7 p.m., on Friday, March 29. The Bulldogs will face the Razorbacks in a double header on Saturday, March 30, with games scheduled for 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. Georgia returns home to host Georgia Tech on Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m., at Jack Turner Stadium.