Highlights from Georgia softball's doubleheader against Auburn.
April 19, 2014
ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 15/18 Georgia softball team took game two over the No. 23/23 Auburn Tigers 8-4 in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader. With the win, Georgia moves to 38-8 on the year and 11-6 in Southeastern Conference play. Auburn fell to 32-14-1 overall and 6-11 in league play.
The Bulldogs offense hit three home runs in game two, including one from Alex Hugo who continued her red-hot season. Starter Chelsea Wilkinson pitched her second complete game of the day and earned the win to improve to 24-5 on the season. She allowed four runs on five hits and struck out five.
Auburn's offense added three home runs of their own from Kasey Cooper, Branndi Melero and McKenzie Kilpatrick each of them solo shots. Marcy Harper was credited with the loss as she fell to 15-3 on the season.
The Bulldogs struck first in the bottom of the first as Hugo continued her impressive season with her team-leading 19th home run of the season. Hugo's homer put Georgia up 2-0, driving in Geri Ann Glasco who reached base by drawing a walk in the previous at bat. Tina Iosefa also added a home run of her own in the first inning, her sixth of the season, to increase the lead to 3-0.
Auburn threatened to score and cut into Georgia's lead in the top half of the second inning as Jenna Abbott and Kilpatrick both reached base on an error and infield single, respectively, to start the inning. After a pop out into foul territory and a ground out to second, Wilkinson walked Emily Carosone to load the bases with two outs. Cooper made laced a line drive into right field that looked like trouble but Kaylee Puailoa made a fantastic sliding catch to save the inning and get the Bulldogs out of trouble.
Georgia extended their lead in the bottom of the second as Katie Browne hit a leadoff double off the centerfield fence. Adele Harrison entered the game as a pinch runner for Browne, and was then able to score on an RBI bunt single by Bethany Beggs in the next at bat to make it a 4-0 ballgame. After loading the bases, a wild pitch by Harper allowed Beggs to score from third as the Bulldogs added a second run in the inning to take a 5-0 lead through two.
Auburn got on the board in the top of the third inning as Melero started the inning with a solo shot over the center field fence, her 11th home run of the season, to make it a 5-1 ballgame.
Hugo looked to hit her 20th home run of the season in the top of the fourth as she smashed what appeared to be her second home run of the game and third of the day over the scoreboard in left field. However the runner at first was called out for leaving the base early and thus negating the home run.
Cooper added a second run for Auburn in the top of the fifth inning, smashing her team-best 13th home run of the season, a solo shot, into right center field to make it a 5-2 ball game.
In the top of the sixth, Kilpatrick hit the third solo home run of the game for the Auburn Tigers. Her seventh homer of the season cut the lead to 5-3. The Tigers added a second run later in the inning as Melero hit a two-out RBI single that made it a one run game at 5-4.
Wilkinson then walked Morgan Estell in the next at bat to load the bases for Auburn's Jade Rhodes with two outs, as the Tigers looked to tie the game. Rhodes battled hard in a great at bat, but Wilkinson bore down and was able to strike Rhodes out swinging to get out of the jam and keep Georgia in front 5-4.
Paige Wilson added some insurance for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the sixth, sending her 10th home run of the season, and second of the day over the fence in right center field to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 6-4.
The Bulldogs went on to add two more runs in the sixth thanks to a bases loaded walk to Anna Swafford and an RBI single by Browne to get to 8-4.
The Bulldogs preserved the win, retiring the Auburn side in order in the top of the seventh.
Georgia will go for the series sweep over the Auburn Tigers Sunday afternoon, April 20, at 2 p.m. at Jack Turner Stadium.