April 26, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 13/17 Georgia softball team dropped a 4-1 decision to the No. 7/7 Alabama on a sun splashed afternoon at Rhoads Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Saturday, April 26. With the loss, Georgia falls to 39-11 on the year and 12-9 in Southeastern Conference play. Alabama moved to 42-9 on the year and 16-4 in league action.
Geri Ann Glasco suffered the loss to fall to 15-5 on the year. She allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. Chelsea Wilkinson threw the final four innings for the Bulldogs, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks. Jaclyn Traina earned the win to move to 19-2 on the year. She allowed one run on two hits and two walks. She also struck out nine batters.
Georgia took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Tina Iosefa led off the inning with a walk before Puailoa belted a double into the gap in left center that moved pinch runner Adele Harrison to third with no outs. Swafford looked like she was going to get her second home run of the weekend with a hard hit ball to dead center, but the Alabama centerfielder caught it at wall. The fly out did not go for naught as it allowed Harrison to tag and score from third and give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Puailoa moved to third on the fly out, but Traina recorded back-to back strikeouts to end the inning.
Alabama answered in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs and a runner at first after a fielder’s choice, Marisa Runyon lifted a 2-0 pitch to centerfielder for a home run that put the Crimson Tide up 2-1. Alabama loaded the bases with three outs but a heads up play on a hot shot to Bethany Beggs at third ended the inning without any further damage.
Georgia got a one-out walk from Iosefa in the top of the fourth inning, but she was left stranded as the next two batters were retired.
The Tide got its leadoff runner aboard in the bottom fourth after Runyon walked. She moved to third on a groundout and a foul out and then scored on a RBI single by Danielle Richard. The single increased the Alabama lead to 3-1.
Alabama extended its lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jadyn Spencer led off the inning with a walk and scored on a RBI single by Molly Fichtner.
Wilson led off the sixth inning by reaching on a two-base error by the Alabama shortstop. Traina was able to retire the next three batters to leave Wilson at second.
Wilkinson got a 1-2-3 inning for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the sixth, allowing the offense to have one last crack at the Tide. A one out double by Swafford in the seventh kept Georgia’s hopes alive, but the final two outs were recorded, sealing the Alabama win.
Georgia concludes the regular season next weekend, May 3-5, when it hosts No. 8/8 Kentucky at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Georgia. The series kicks off on Friday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Saturday’s will be televised on ESPNU.