The 25th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (19-7, 1-0 SEC) squad earned a 9-3 victory over Auburn in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry to open up SEC play. Geri Ann Glasco picked up the win in the circle, moving her to 11-1 overall with just a 1.85 ERA. For the Tigers, junior Hilary Mavromat took the loss after giving up two, two-run home runs to Paige Wilson and Tina Iosefa in the opening frame of the game.
Iosefa’s long ball was absolutely drilled over the wall in center field, putting her in the lead on the Bulldog squad for home runs with 8. Paige Wilson’s long ball was a high, line-drive shot that brought home Anna Swafford to make it an early 2-0 game with no outs. After a Glasco single, Iosefa made it a 4-0 affair with her shot to dead center. Following the two home runs, Christine Olney would eventually hit a hard single through the right side to score yet another Georgia run.
Auburn tacked on two runs to cut the score to 5-2 in the bottom of the third inning thanks to a Georgia fielding error, a wild pitch, a singe, and a fielder’s choice–both of these runs were unearned. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Georgia would see the lead narrowed even more as Morgan Estell doubled in a run with a hard line shot to right field. Back-to-back-to-back RBI singles from Paige Wilson, Glasco, and Iosefa brought the Georgia lead to 8-3 in the sixth inning. In the final inning, Georgia would pick up yet another run after a few Auburn errors and a wild pitch that allowed Sito to score from third base.
Geri Ann pitched a pretty good game despite the nine hits she gave up, although it is worth noting that only 3-4 of those hits were clean, hard-hit balls, while the other 5 or so “hits” were slow rollers on the infield or weak, bloop hits. Despite not getting a high strikeout total, Glasco was very effective with the screw ball and change-up. Glasco pitched seven innings, surrendered one earned run, walked two, and struck out five. Paige Wilson and Geri Ann Glasco both were 2-5 batting on the day, while Tina Iosefa was a perfect 2-2 with two walks and 3 RBI. Wilson’s three runs batted in bring her season total to an SEC-leading 38 RBI. Go Paige!
The entire team has been hitting the ball hard for the past two weeks, and while people said it was due to weak competition, the games against Georgia Tech and Auburn have proved otherwise in my opinion. Sure, we still have not faced any All-American style pitching lately, but we are slowly but surely seeing better pitching and neutralizing it with some great swings! These kids are building up major confidence and are starting to really showcase their talent! I have been so pleasantly surprised with the way Tina’s bat has came alive and she is going to be a huge help this season for sure! On top of that, the team is led at the plate (batting average) by senior Christine Olney. Olney is batting a .452 clip and has not only been hitting the ball, but has been garnering one clutch hit after another.
I would expect to see Morgan Montemayor and Marcy Harper face off tomorrow and based on the way MoMo has been pitching lately, I like our chances!
As always, Go Dawgs!