May 11, 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. - A late inning rally fell short as the University of Georgia softball team dropped a 9-5 decision to the Florida Gators in the semifinal round of the 2013 Southeastern Conference Tournament in Lexington, Ky. With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 38-19 on the season, while Florida moves to 51-7 this season.
Geri Ann Glasco got the start in the circle for the Bulldogs and allowed four runs on three hits in 0.2 innings of work to take the loss and fall to 17-8 on the year. The Bulldogs brought in Morgan Montemayor with two outs in the bottom of the first. Montemayor threw the final 5.1 innings and allowed five runs, only two of which were earned, on nine hits and three walks, while striking out five. Hannah Rogers got the win improve to 29-5 on the year. She allowed five runs on five hits the complete-game performance and struck out seven batters.
Florida took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a pair of two out, two run home runs by Lauren Haeger and Taylor Schwarz. Following the second home run, the Bulldogs turned to Montemayor in the circle, who needed just two pitches to get out of the inning.
The Gators took a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Taylore Fuller and Kirsti Merritt reached on an error and a walk, respectively, and came home on a two-run single through the middle by Stephanie Tofft.
Florida added two runs in the bottom of the third to take an 8-0 lead. Schwarz led off the inning with her second home run of the game that brought the score to 7-0. A back-handed diving catch in left center by Paige Wilson secured the first out of the inning for the Bulldogs. A RBI-triple by Kelsey Stewart scored Briana Little and extended Florida's lead to 8-0. The Gators took a 9-0 in the bottom of the fourth on a RBI-single by Horton.
Georgia got three runs back in the top of the fifth to cut the Florida lead to 9-3. Tess Sito got things started by breaking up the no hitter with a single into shallow right. After Christine Olney hit into a fielder's choice, Katie Browne drew a four-pitch walk to put runners at first and second. Tina Iosefa came in to pinch hit for the Bulldogs and was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Griffin drove in the first Georgia run of the game with a RBI-groundout down the first base side that scored Olney and made it a 9-1 game. With runners at second and third and two down, Wilson delivered a two-run double into the right field corner that made it a 9-3 game.
The Bulldogs did not go quietly adding two runs in the top of the seventh. Browne led off the inning with a single into shallow center and moved to second when Samantha LaZear beat out the throw for an infield single. With runners at second and third and one down, Wilson drove in two more for the Bulldogs when she took a pitch past a diving Gator and into shallow right. The rally came up short as the final two outs were recorded, sealing the 9-5 win for Florida.
Georgia will find its NCAA Tournament fate tomorrow night, Sunday, May 12 at 10 p.m. The selection show will be aired on ESPNU.