Georgia Softball Falls 8-1 to Auburn

April 20, 2014

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ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 23/23 Auburn Tigers defeated the No. 15/18 Georgia Bulldogs 8-1 Sunday afternoon to avoid the series sweep on Sunday, April 20 at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. With the loss, Georgia falls to 38-9 on the year and 11-7 in Southeastern Conference play. Auburn improves to 33-14-1 overall and 7-11 in league play.

Geri Ann Glasco started the game in the circle for the Bulldogs and pitched a total of six innings while allowing five runs on 12 hits and five walks. She also recorded two strikeouts and was credited with her fourth loss of the season as she dropped to 14-4 on the year. Chelsea Wilkinson also pitched one inning for the Bulldogs before Glasco reentered. Wilkinson allowed three runs on two hits and three walks in her one inning of work. Paige Wilson provided the lone run for the Bulldogs after lead off triple in the fifth inning put her in position to score on a groundout to second by Glasco.

Auburn struck first in Sunday's contest as the Tigers looked to salvage one game on the road to avoid the sweep. After a lead off walk to Emily Carosone, Glasco surrendered three straight singles to the Tigers' offense. The third came with the bases loaded and Morgan Estell was able to drop a single over the head of Wilson at short, bringing in two runs. Glasco was then able to settle in and record back-to-back strikeouts and a line up in succession to end the inning with Auburn up 2-0 after the top of the first.

Georgia looked to answer quickly after a one-out walk to Glasco and a line drive double by Alex Hugo, but Auburn's Davis got a little help in the field from Carosone at second base. Carosone made a full-extension diving catch on a soft liner to second off the bat of Tina Iosefa to record the second out. Davis then got out of the inning forcing Kaylee Puailoa to ground out to first, stranding two runners in scoring position for the Bulldogs.

The Tigers extended their lead in the top of the third on back-to-back two-out singles that were each accompanied by errors on Georgia left fielder Anna Swafford. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, Glasco gave up a single to West who then advanced to second on an error by Swafford. In the next at bat, Kelsey Bogaards hit an RBI single to left field and then advanced to second on an error by Swafford, extending Auburn's lead to 3-0.

The Bulldogs threatened to cut into the Auburn lead in the bottom half of the third inning, loading the bases with two outs against Davis. With Glasco already on base, Iosefa drew a two-out walk and then Puailoa was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Swafford. However, Davis was able to force Swafford to pop out to left to end the inning unharmed.

Auburn then extended their lead to 4-0 as Melero smashed her 12th home run of the season to lead off the fourth inning, hitting the solo shot to straightaway right field.

Melero again added an insurance run for the Tigers in the top of the fifth, hitting a sacrifice fly to deep center with the bases loaded to drive in a run and extend Auburn's lead to 5-0.

Georgia got on the board in the bottom of the fifth after Wilson lead off the inning with her forth triple of the season and then scored in the next at bat as Glasco grounded out to second, making it a 5-1 game.

Auburn added a three insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning off of a two-run homer by Gipson, her fourth of the season, and a solo shot by West, also her fourth of the season, extending the Tigers' lead to 8-1.

Georgia will return to action on Tuesday April 22, as the Bulldogs play host to the Georgia State Panthers. The game will take place at 6 p.m. at Jack Turner Stadium.

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