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May 17, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - The University of Georgia softball team remained in the winner's bracket of the 2013 Tempe Regional with its 9-3 win over the San Diego State Aztecs on Friday afternoon at Farrington Stadium, in Tempe, Ariz. The Bulldogs are now 39-19 on the year and will take on Arizona State tomorrow afternoon at 6 p.m. ET. San Diego State falls to 35-19 on the year.
In their NCAA Tournament debut, the Geri Ann Glasco and Kaylee Puailoa went a combined 6-for-8 with five RBI to lead the Bulldogs. Glasco went 4-for-4, while Puailoa had a 2-for-4 day that included a three-run home run that gave the Bulldogs an early lead.
Chelsea Wilkinson got the start for the Bulldogs and allowed three runs on five hits in three innings of work. She also struck out three batters. Morgan Montemayor came in in the top of the fourth inning and threw four brilliant innings for the Bulldogs to get the win and improve to 13-6 this year. She did not allow a hit, allowed just one base runner and struck out three of the 11 batters she faced. San Diego State starter Rebecca Arbino suffered the loss to fall to 20-13 on the year. She allowed five runs on seven hits in two innings in the circle. Danielle O'Toole threw the final four innings for the Aztecs, allowing four runs, only one of which was earned, on eight hits, while striking out four.
Glasco gave the Bulldogs their first base runner of the game with a two-out single through the right side in the bottom of the first. Tina Iosefa followed with a single into shallow center before Puailoa worked a 10-pitch at bat before hammering a pitch high over the wall in right center to give the Bulldogs an early 3-0 lead.
Georgia added a pair of runs in the bottom of the first to take a 5-0 lead. Christine Olney and Niaja Griffin each singled and moved into scoring position with on a passed ball. With runners at second and third, Anna Swafford took advantage of an Aztec error to reach second, but was thrown out at third for the second out of the inning. During the play, Olney and Griffin came home and put the Bulldogs up 5-0.
San Diego State got three runs back in the top of the third to cut the Georgia lead to 5-3. After going down in order in the first two innings, the Aztecs strung together five-straight singles to score two runs. Patrice Jackson drove in the third run of the game with a RBI fielder's choice that made it a 5-3 game.
Swafford led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a home run that extended the Georgia lead back to three runs at 6-3. The home run was just the fourth one allowed this season by SDSU reliever O'Toole, who came on at the top of the third.
Georgia plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to extend its lead to 9-3. Sito and Olney led off the inning with back-to-back singles to put runners on for Katie Browne, who hit into a fielder's choice that saw Sito thrown out at home. With runners at first and second, Griffin reached on an error by the SDSU second baseman that loaded the bases for Swafford, who recorded a sacrifice fly that made it a 7-3 game. With the bases loaded after a single by Wilson, Glasco hit a two-run single to left, her fourth hit of the game, which brought the score to 9-3.
Montemayor made quick work of the Aztecs in the seventh, sealing Georgia's 9- 3 win.
Georgia will take on Arizona State tomorrow, May 18, at 6 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPNU.