Georgia continued their hot offense on day two of the Adidas Invitational with wins against the Kent State Golden Flashes (W, 9-1) and the Western Illinois Leathernecks (W, 13-3). The girls look unstoppable so far in the tournament, and that includes our pitching staff. Both freshmen, Glasco and Wilkinson, each picked up a win on day two of the tournament. Montemayor saw time in the circle too as a reliever and was perfect for a little over an inning and a half. I am so excited to see this team get 1% better with each and every opponent they face. The Bulldogs are currently riding a 6-game winning streak and I am eager to see how far they can ride the streak out!
In game one, Geri Ann Glasco (9-1) got the start in the circle and was dominant the entire game. She had a perfect game going until the fourth inning when she plunked a batter on a first-pitch change-up. Glasco would go on to fire a 1-hit shutout against the Kent State Golden Flashes, striking out 7 batters along the way to her ninth victory of the season. After scoring three quick runs in the first inning via a Paige Wilson single and a Kent State error, the Dawgs would not back down. In the third inning, after scoring a lone run in the second, a pair of RBI doubles from Sito and Olney would extend the Bulldog lead to 6-0. The lone run for Kent State was scored by the Georgia SID/stat-keepers as a fielder’s choice, although it looked like a clean single to left to me. The previous play was 100% a fielder’s choice, but unless I missed something, the RBI was a clean hit. Swafford led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo shot to dead center. Georgia headed into the sixth inning with the bats still running hot–scoring their final run off of a bunt single, followed by a double steal executed perfectly. The third pitcher that Kent State entered into the game was able to neutralize the girls briefly with her Mowett-esque change-up, but in the end the score was already too much for KSU to handle. Georgia went on to win 9-1.
In the second game, Chelsea Wilkinson (2-1) started in the circle. The Bulldogs picked up their second win of the day in 13-3 fashion. The Bulldogs kept up the early scoring motif and plated three in the opening frame thanks to consecutive singles by Wilson and Glasco, followed by a three-run dinger from Iosefa. The Leathernecks would not go away quietly as they got on the board via a solo home run off of Wilkinson that barely fell over the right center field fence. Georgia would call and raise WIU’s run with two of their own via an RBI triple from Sito and an RBI single from Olney. Georgia scored two more runs thanks to a solo shot from Wilson and an RBI double from Iosefa. At this point, the Georgia lead was an impressive 7-2 due to the second solo shot of the day from WIU off of Wilkinson. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Montemayor was brought into relieve Wilkinson with runners on base, and while attempting to execute the 1-2-3 DP, an overthrow to first base gave the Leathernecks another run, bringing the score to 7-3. Although things were seemingly closer at this point, the Georgia Bulldogs would have none of it! In the sixth inning, Georgia scored six runs off of a 2-run single from Glasco, a three-run bomb from Iosefa (her second 3-run shot of the day), and a solo shot from Puailoa. This marks the second time the girls have went yard back-to-back in this tournament after going back-to-back-to-back in the opening game.
Despite the weaker competition, the girls are clicking better, running smarter on the bases, and just getting out there and being aggressive. After the slow start to the season, there are a whole plethora of people who gave up on the Dawgs early, and those are the ones who are going to be the most surprised at how good our team really is and is going to be! 1% better each game is all we need to reach 100%!
Georgia closes out the tournament with a single game against North Carolina A&T on Sunday at noon.
As always, Go Dawgs!!!