April 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - Morgan Montemayor picked up her second win in as many games as the University of Georgia softball team completed a sweep of the No. 13/13 Texas A&M Aggies with a 6-3 win on Sunday, April 21 at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 34-15 on the season, including an 11-7 mark in the Southeastern Conference. Texas A&M dropped to 35-12 overall and 6-11 in league play. The sweep is the third SEC series sweep for the Bulldogs this season.
Montemayor spun a brilliant game from the circle to improve to 11-6 on the year, throwing the final five innings for Georgia, scattering six hits and allowing just one run. Geri Ann Glasco started the game for the Bulldogs and gave up two runs on three hits and three walks in two innings of work. Lauren Ainsley suffered the loss for the Aggies to drop to 11-5 on the year. She allowed six runs, five of which were earned, on seven hits and three walks in five innings in the circle. Kristen Davenport came on for the final inning and allowed just one hit.
Georgia did not waste any time getting on the board, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Niaja Griffin led off with a single up the middle and stole second. With two outs, Kaylee Puailoa laced a single to right field, allowing Griffin to race home for the first run of the game.
Texas A&M answered in the top of the second, scoring two runs to take a 2-1 lead. With two outs, the Aggies strung together a pair of walks and a single to load the bases for leadoff hitter Brittany Clopton, who hit a two-run single up the middle that allowed Texas A&M to take the lead.
The Aggie lead didn't last long, as the Bulldogs got two runs in the bottom of the second to retake the lead at 3-2 without any ball leaving the infield. Tess Sito led off the frame with a bunt single and stole second before Anna Swafford drew a walk. A sacrifice bunt by Katie Browne moved both runners into scoring position. Samantha LaZear then laid down a perfect bunt to the first base side that allowed Sito to score the tying run and Swafford move to third. Griffin followed with a bunt single that scored Swafford for the go ahead run that made it a 3-2 game.
After a leadoff walk was issued in the top of the third, the Bulldogs made a call to the bullpen for Montemayor, who after giving up a single, set down the next three batters on a foul out to first, a fielder's choice and a pop out to shallow center to end the inning.
The Aggies looked to threaten in the fourth, as a pair of infield singles and a walk loaded the bases. Montemayor got the final batter swinging to end the inning and any threat of an Aggie run.
Georgia added three runs in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead to 6-2. Puailoa started things off by drawing a walk, before Bryanna Blanco came on to run for Puailoa. With no outs and a runner at second after Blanco swiped the base, Tina Iosefa launched a two-run home run off of the foul pole in left field. After the home run, Sito reached on a fielding error then stole second before Swafford walked. A groundout by Browne allowed both runners to advance into scoring position. With two on and one away, Christine Olney came on to pinch hit and delivered a RBI-single to right field that scored Sito and put the Bulldogs up 6-2.
Amber Garza got a run back for the Aggies in the top of the seventh with a leadoff home run to left center field that made it a 6-3 game. With one away and a runner on, Montemayor got the second out on a liner back to the circle. With two on and two outs, Meagan May fouled out to Blanco at third, sealing Georgia's 6-3 win and the series sweep.
Georgia returns to action on Wednesday, April 24 at 6 p.m., when the Bulldogs host Georgia State in the final non-conference game of the regular season.