Today’s game against Middle Tennessee State took place in grueling wind and temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s with a windchill of 30 degrees! I had to make frequent trips to my car between innings because it was do dang miserable! Good thing the ladies shortened the game because they knew there were a bunch of cold fans and family in the stands. Thanks, Dawgs! 😀
Georgia defeated Middle Tennessee by a final score of 13-1 in a shortened, 5-inning game that featured 10 Bulldog hits. Georgia scored four runs in the opening inning, four runs in the second inning, and five in the third inning. Needless to say, the thirteen runs scored in the first three innings would be enough to seal a victory over the Blue Raiders. Morgan Montemayor picked up the win in the circle tonight for Georgia, throwing four innings, surrendering just a single run on just one hit. Wilkinson came in to close the fifth and final frame, fanning two batters and inducing a groundout to end the contest. Wilkinson is getting slowly integrated into games, inning by inning, in order to strengthen her mental toughness in the circle. She is going to be a stellar pitcher and reminds me a lot of Fico and Arevalo!
In terms of today’s offensive output, the thirteen runs scored against MTSU are a new season high. Geri Ann ripped her fourth long ball of the year, this time an opposite field towering shot through the pines in right field…all of this with a strong wind blowing in the park. The long ball from Glasco plated two of Georgia’s thirteen runs. Katie Browne and Cricket Blanco each were 2 for 3, driving in two and four runs each, respectively. Tess Sito also went 2 for 3 with 2RBI on the day, while Niaja Griffin was credited with an RBI for her SAC fly. The bats were hot again today, and yes I realize that the MTSU pitching was not the highest of competition, but the girls were putting strong strings of hits together and that is all that matters. Keep those bats hot, Georgia softball!
A few weeks ago I posted an article on this blog about the battle that was going on at practice for the starting third base position. Well, I am not sure that the battle is 100% over yet, but I do not think Cricket is going anywhere anytime soon. She was absolutely amazing this weekend at the hot corner–racing, diving, and leaping to make a slew of great plays so far in the tournament. I feel like I have seen her throw out at least 7-8 lead runners at second this early in the season. It helps that her bat is hot right now too! For now, Swafford is spending time in RF.
The second game originally scheduled against Northwestern for tonight was rescheduled for tomorrow at noon. The game against MTSU is cancelled. I am so excited for the rematch against Northwestern! As always, Go Dawgs!