Highlights of the Georgia softball team's extra-inning loss to LSU Saturday night.
April 12, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 13/17 Georgia softball team dropped a 5-4, eight-inning decision to the LSU Tigers in front of a packed house at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday, April 12. With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 35-7 on the year and 9-5 in Southeastern Conference play. LSU is now 23-18 overall and 5-9 in the SEC.
Chelsea Wilkinson took the loss to fall to 21-5 on the year. She came in as relief with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning and threw the final two innings, allowing three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits and three walks. Geri Ann Glasco got the start and threw the first 5.1 innings for Georgia. She allowed two earned runs on one hit and three walks. Baylee Corbello got the win for the Tigers to improve to 12-6 overall. She allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits and five walks. She also struck out six batters.
It didn't take long for the Bulldogs to take the lead against LSU, as Browne, who grew up just outside of Baton Rouge, delivered a towering shot deep over the berm in left field to give Georgia an early 1-0 lead.
Following the solo home run, Glasco and the Georgia defense retired nine of the next 10 batters they faced, allowing Georgia to maintain its lead.
LSU looked poised to score in the bottom of the fifth inning, loading the bases with just one out on three consecutive walks. With the bases loaded, AJ Andrews hit into an inning-ending double play that saw Wilson snag a liner just inches off the ground at short and flip to Bethany Beggs at third for out number three.
Riding the momentum gained by its defense, Georgia added two runs in the top of the sixth to extend its lead to 3-0. After Glasco led off the inning with a walk, Iosefa belted a home run to dead center that made it a 3-0 game. The homer was the second of the weekend for Iosefa and the fourth of her season.
LSU took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a pair of hit batsmen, Georgia turned to Wilkinson in the circle. With one out and runners at first and second, Constance Quinn hit a home run to left center that tied the game up. An infield single and a walk put runners at first and second for pinch hitter Kailey McCasland. With one away, McCasland put the ball into play and reached on a fielding error that allowed the go-ahead run to score. After a two-out intentional walk, Wilkinson got the next batter to fly out to left to end the inning
Down to Georgia's last three outs, Samantha LaZear led off the top of the seventh with a slap hit to shallow left. The ball was bobbled, allowing LaZear to safely move to second. After two quick outs, Kaylee Puailoa came through with an infield single that allowed LaZear to score the tying run after the throw to first sailed wide. Puailoa was called out after trying to move to second on the play, but not before Georgia tied the game up at 4-4.
LSU got a one out single in the bottom of the eighth inning. The runner came home on a walk-off triple into the right field corner that sealed the 5-4 win for the Tigers.
Georgia and LSU will face off tomorrow, April 13, in the rubber game of the series. First pitch is set for 1 p.m., ET.