I would like to premise this posting by saying that I had a blast on my first day here in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Nothing beats a full day of softball, followed by a night of dinner, drinks, and karaoke out on the town! 😀
Georgia came out of the gate strong in the first game of the tournament against the Hornets of Delaware State. Morgan Montemayor picked up the win, pitching five innings, surrendering only one hit, and striking out a season-high 11 batters. After a 1-2-3 top of the 1st inning, Georgia responded with back-to-back-to-back home runs from Swafford, Wilson, and Glasco. Before this game would end in the fifth inning, Georgia would get four more home runs from Swafford (her second), Olney, Browne, and Iosefa. Before this game, Georgia’s record for home runs in a game was six–coming last year against Cal State Fullerton in Palm Springs. Georgia’s seven home runs were impressive and set a new Georgia record for home runs in a game, although they also set new record for runs scored in a game, runs scored in an inning, and batters to the plate in a single inning. The pitching from Delaware State struggled, although the third and final girl they brought in limited the damage to just two earned runs. Georgia would go on to defeat the Hornets by a final score of 18-0 in a five-inning, run-rule affair.
In game two, Georgia squared off against the host team, the Winthrop Eagles. Georgia faced Winthrop earlier this season already in Athens, winning by a score of 5-3. Glasco got the start in this game and did an excellent job in the circle. She gave up three earned runs in six innings pitched (3 RBI Winthrop HR after a single and a HBP), while fanning eight Eagle batters. Georgia’s offense picked right back up where it left off in the opening game, scoring at least one run in five out of the six innings of the shortened game. Glasco put the Dawgs on the board with a single to center field. From there, Georgia would stay hot and pound the ball for the entire six-inning affair–they went on to win by a score of 12-3. Olney hit her second long ball of the day and Puailoa sailed a shot over the right center field fence as well. Geri Ann was so close to getting the shutout but the 4-hole hitter from Winthrop had plans of her own and drilled a bomb off the foul pole in right field.
Georgia continues play on Saturday against Kent State and Western Illinois, before finishing up the Adidas Invitational on Sunday with a single game against North Carolina A&T.
As always, Go Dawgs!