First and foremost I would like to apologize for being so late writing some of these articles. By the time I got in from Atlanta last night, I was exhausted and fell asleep–only to have to get up at 6am and work from 8-5. Add in giving pitching lessons from 5:30-9:30 after work and you have one tired 22 year old! 😀
The game last night between in-state rival, Georgia Tech, was a pitcher’s duel for the first 5 innings between Tech’s senior ace, Hope Rush, and Georgia’s rookie hurler, Geri Ann Glasco. Georgia Tech scored a lone run in the first inning off of a fielder’s choice that bounced in front of the plate. Georgia would tie things up at one run apiece thanks to a Christine Olney (3-4, 4RBI) two out hit through the right side which scored Niaja Griffin from second base. Olney was a stud in Atlanta for the fourth consecutive year, ending the night with three hits and four runs knocked in! Olney was one of five Bulldogs to have a multi-hit game against Tech last night–LaZear, Sito, Iosefa, and Wilson all collected multiple hits. Paige Wilson knocked in two runs in the 7th inning to bring her SEC-leading RBI total to 35. This kid is so young and so beastly!
In the sixth inning of last night’s rivalry game, Puailoa led off with a double that was inches shy from a home run, only for Sito to be hit by a pitch. Then, none other than Olney doubled to the gap in left center to score both Puailoa and Sito–in turn, breaking the game open for the first time all night, 3-1 in favor of the Dawgs. The young Georgia bats were not done yet as they would explode for 11 runs in the seventh inning, some off of close plays at the plate, others thanks to aggressive base running, and finally the good old fashioned way: RBI hits from Glasco, Puailoa, Olney, Browne, Wilson, and Puailoa broke the game WIDE open, ending things in 14-1 fashion. Tina Iosefa capped off the Bulldog scoring with an absolute MOONSHOT to left field. That ball was hit a LOOOOONG way!
The 14-1 score was the largest deficit that Georgia Tech has ever suffered in the annual game against the Bulldogs. Geri Ann Glasco picked up the win in the circle, pitching 6 innings, striking out five batters, and giving up only one earned run. Morgan Montemayor closed the game and was perfect, retiring the side in order–the last two batters via strikeouts swinging. I would expect MoMo to get the start in game 2 against Auburn on Saturday considering how good and sturdy she has looked the past three weeks. With the win, Glasco improved to 10-1 and has lowered her ERA to 1.94.
It was so cold and windy in Atlanta, and while things seemed tight at first, the girls from Athens showed the world (the game was on ESPN3 for the nation to see) who runs the state of Georgia when it comes to softball…and, well….in all the other sports too! 😉 😉
As always, Go Dawgs! Now lets beat those stinkin’ Tigers!!!