Georgia wrapped up play in the Sixth-Annual Red & Black Classic with a 5-3 win over the Winthrop Eagles. With the win, the Georgia Bulldogs move their record to a modest 3-2 on the year and will continue their season next weekend in the Tenth-Annual Georgia Softball Classic against the likes of Campbell, Northwestern, and Middle Tennessee State. I am most eager to see us play Northwestern after dropping a game to another Big 10 opponent, Ohio State. Northwestern is the only team so far this early in the season to get a hit off of Keilani Ricketts of Oklahoma, and the Wildcats have two players on the Top 50 POY Watch List.
In today’s game against Winthrop, Geri Ann Glasco got the start in the circle and she had a phenomenal outing with the exception of the long ball she gave up towards the end of the game. I was almost positive by the way her pitches were working that she was going to get the shut-out, but a fat pitch in the 6th inning was drilled off the scoreboard netting. Georgia struck first in the second inning of the game after Puailoa recorded her first hit as a Bulldog, a double to the wall, and Olney singled her in. An error put Wilson on base in the bottom of the third, scoring LaZear (she reached on a bunt single) and Geri Ann promptly doubled in Wilson to extend the Bulldog lead to 3-0. Puailoa recorded her second hit of the year in the 4th inning and would be pinch ran for by Tiesha Reed–Reed later came around to make it 4-0 on consecutive SAC hits and a passed ball on the Winthrop catcher. After the long ball in the 6th inning from Winthrop made the game much closer at 4-3, the Bulldogs score in the bottom of the inning off of a Wilson triple and an RBI SAC fly off the bat of none other than Kaylee Puailoa. Glasco retired the last three batters of the game with two strikeouts and a pop out to Sito to end the game.
While Georgia would have loved to have ended this tournament with five consecutive wins, they ended up finishing with a 3-2 record after starting 4-1 just a year ago. Assuming Lu and Gerry push the girls hard this week at practice and they work on their base running and situational hitting, I do not think we will see a 3-2 record next weekend. With that being said, Northwestern is coming to Athens and you cannot let their 0-5 record fool you. They came close to beating Oklahoma, lost by a single run to Arizona, and had three other very close games. Northwestern is a much stronger program than the Ohio State club that we split with this weekend, and by making the right adjustments this week at practice, I would expect Georgia to play much better and hopefully beat the Wildcats twice. They only have one real solid pitcher and a handful of powerful hitters. But, with a young team like this you never know! That is why this is such an exciting time to be a Bulldog fan.
Look out this week for a preview of the Georgia Softball Classic!
Video highlights of today’s game can be seen here: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/w-softbl/recaps/021013aab.html
As always, Go Dawgs!