The Georgia Bulldogs improved to 5-2 on the year after posting two big wins over Campbell and Northwestern to open play at the Tenth-Annual Georgia Softball Classic. Georgia defeated previously unbeaten Campbell by a score of 11-0 [5 innings] and Big Ten powerhouse, the Northwestern Wildcats, by a score of 6-5 in a game that featured a thrilling and dramatic ending. Montemayor picked up the win against the Wildcats, and Glasco picked up the win against the Campbell Fighting Camels. (Video highlight here: http://www.georgiadogs.com/sports/w-softbl/recaps/021513aaa.html#) Full blog post below! Enjoy!
In the first game of the day for Georgia, they faced off against a 5-0 Campbell squad that came in to the game with 11 long balls in just five games. Geri Ann Glasco had a perfect game, facing just the minimum after three innings, until the fourth inning when she allowed back-to-back singles. Glasco pitched the 2-hit shutout against the Fighting Camels and fanned six batters en route to a 3-0 record from the circle. Wilkinson closed the final inning by walking a batter, only for KB to gun her out at second, and then getting a strikeout and ground out to end the game.
If I took the time to literally mention every facet of offensive production in the first game, you may would be reading for a good while. So, I will sum it up by talking about some of the bigger points of the game, haha! Wilson (4-4) and Puailoa (3-3) combined to go a perfect 7-7 against Campbell, with Puailoa (or “Moose” as she is lovingly known as) knocked in her first career home run! Geri Ann also hit a towering home run to left field against Campbell. Katie Browne and Niaja Griffin each added an RBI in the game, while Wilson finished the day with 3. Puailoa had a career-best 4RBI in the game. Glasco added 2RBI on her first-inning blast. In this game the offense showed its true potential and it looked downright scary! I hope the bats stay hot and the girls continue to hit the ball the way they are.
The second game saw Georgia take an early 1-0 lead in the third inning after a Tina Iosefa hard-hit single up the middle. Geri Ann was brought in to relieve Montemayor in the fourth inning and she gave up a two-run blooper to Bast, followed by a bomb to Anna Edwards–this girl creamed Ricketts and Glasco in the past two weeks…definitely the real deal! I was a little nervous with Geri coming in to pitch without any kind of warm-up and I was even more worried when the team was down 5-1. In the fourth inning, Sam LaZear hit an infield single to drive home Olney. Olney had doubled two batters prior. A wild pitch would bring the game to 5-3, and in the sixth inning, after a dramatic interference call, Geri Ann Glasco hit a moon shot that towered over the pines behind the wall in center field. The 3RBI bomb would serve to be the game-winning run after MoMo re-entered to pitch again and shut down the Wildcats.
Three points to make after tonight’s games:
1) The offense is getting better and better, and the new line-up configuration proved it works better than last weeks. I say the coaches stick with it. Wilson was leadoff and Geri Ann was in the two spot, followed by Puailoa and Iosefa. A sophomore and three freshmen as the first four batters, imagine that! I cannot wait to see how we finish the weekend in terms of offensive variety and production.
2) MoMo isn’t relying on the strikeout as much and it is helping her a lot. She realizes she cannot just blow it by Division 1 hitters, and she is spinning the ball much better on her drop. Not to mention, the change-up looked devastating tonight! I cannot wait to see Morgan progress throughout the season!
3) The interference call in the sixth inning…was she out? YES. Sito would have been safe by a second at third base but when she rounded second base, the fielder clearly was in the base path. Good call, blue! 😉
Georgia plays tomorrow at 12:30PM against Middle Tennessee State University and at 3:00PM in a rematch against Northwestern. It is supposed to be extremely cold and windy in the morning so dress warm, Dawg softball family/friends! As always, Go Dawgs!!!