In the third and final day of the Georgia Softball Classic, after numerous schedule changes that already forced Georgia to cancel a second game with Middle Tennessee, Georgia lost the opportunity to get the fourth win of the weekend after the game against the Wildcats did not last at least 5 innings in drop-dead play. Thus, the game will not count against or for Georgia’s record, nor will any statistics from the game be official and count towards the overall cumulative statistics. For the pitchers, maybe that isn’t such a bad thing, but for players like LaZear (2-2; 1B, 2B), Puailoa (2-3 ;2B, 1B) and Glasco (1-1; HR) who tallied big days at the plate, it kind of is a bummer! The coaches proposed trying to finish the remainder of the game at next week’s Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City, CA, but the request was denied from officials who run the annual tournament. The game was halted in the top of the fifth inning with Northwestern taking a fresh 7-5 lead after a bases-loaded walk and a bases-loaded HBP. To some, it may seem as if the Georgia girls caught a big break, but in my opinion, I think we looked good on offense and would have been able to make some noise and possibly win the game had it continued. Northwestern would have had to face the 8,9,1,2,3, & 4 spots at least in order to polish off an upset of our (#13/14) Dawgs! For those interested in the highlights of the game, click here for the video highlights and official GeorgiaDogs.com article.
Georgia got the game started with Geri Ann Glasco in the circle, and she got three quick outs in the top of the 1st inning. In the bottom of the inning, Cricket Blanco got an RBI the easy way with a bases loaded walk. By the way, for those of you who weren’t brave enough to sit out in the 30 degree cold and wind, walks would be the story for both sides in this shortened game. After scoring a single run off of a Letourneau double to the RF gap, Northwestern tied the game up at one apiece in the top of the second. Georgia would score yet another run off a bases-loaded walk, this time to another freshman–Tina Iosefa. Georgia would score two more runs off a Katie Browne ball with a ton of english on it that the short-stop could not make a good throw on. This play brought the Georgia lead to 4-1, but the Wildcats would not go away it seemed. The pesky Wildcats strung together a series of hits in the third and fourth innings after a few walks issued by Glasco, and they tied the game up at four runs apiece, only for them to take the lead 5-4 when Morgan Montemayor was brought in to the bases loaded jam. In the bottom of the same inning, Glasco led off with a solo moonshot to right field that went a heck of a long way! That kid is clutch! But, in the top of the fifth inning, Northwestern took the lead on a bases loaded HBP and a bases loaded walk. Then, the game was called dead due to the preset drop-dead (2 hour limit) rule in order for Northwestern to make their flight back to Chicago. I think it would have been a great ending to the game the way both offenses were hot, but unfortunately the game does not count and all statistics are null and void. It officially, by word of the NCAA, counts as a scrimmage.
Georgia claimed the Tenth-Annual Georgia Softball Classic with a perfect 3-0 record, defeating Campbell, Northwestern, and MTSU. Georgia resumes play this Thursday in Cathedral City, California at the Mary Nutter Classic. I sure wish I was able to go this year, and up until a few weeks ago, thought that I was going to be able to. But, because of work constraints, I am unable to make it this year! I will still provide updates, highlights, and stats though, so don’t think I won’t be updating! Georgia will face off on Thursday against Colorado State and (#2/2) Oklahoma. In the tournament, Georgia will also face Cal-Poly, Washington, and Stanford. Look out tomorrow or Tuesday for a preview of the Mary Nutter Classic!
This team is proving to be an offensive juggernaut this early in the season. The team has the third best batting average in the Southeastern Conference, and IMHO the most talented freshmen class out there! I thought it was hilarious today when Katie Browne fussed at the umpire over his ridiculous strike zone. Funny thing, because as soon as she hassled him, his strike zone magically widened. Cannot wait to see how they do against some top-notch teams this week/weekend! As always, Go Dawgs!