The 25th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs rallied from 3-2 down to eventually win an absolute thriller of a game against the Auburn Tigers by a final score of 9-8. Geri Ann Glasco (12-1) picked up the win in the circle for Georgia, while Auburn’s Marcy Harper (10-4) took the loss. Not bad for the first swing of SEC action, eh Dawg fans?
Georgia is on an 11-game winning streak and has brought their record to 21-7 after starting the season with a 7-6 record. I could not be more proud of the way these student athletes are buying into the philosophy that Lu, Gerry, and Tara teach to them day in and day out. The girls were really tested in the game today by a gritty Auburn squad that was trying their hardest to avoid a sweep on their home turf. Meanwhile, you have a Georgia squad that started six rookies today and managed to fight for an entire 7 innings and bring home a perfect 3-0 SEC record back to Athens! Not only were the girls playing with a lot of intensity today, but the fans (myself included) were getting loud and rowdy and working our newfound slow-clap magic, haha! 😀
It is good to have nothing but positive energy flowing into, around, and out of this Georgia Softball program right now! I cannot say enough about the fight that Lu is getting out of these girls and am equally impressed with the way Gerry Glasco has designed and improved the swings of these Georgia girls. Numbers do not lie, folks–these girls can hit! The fans are having a blast, the girls are playing high-quality ball, and all the pieces of the puzzle that were so unclear 3-4 weeks ago, are really starting to fit together splendidly. It’s great to be a Georgia Bulldog!
Anna Swafford continued her hot season at the plate with a lead-off blast, her 7th, to right field to get the game going. Georgia would add on another run thanks to a Tess Sito SAC fly. The Tigers were not going to roll over that easily though, as they managed to plate three runs in the bottom of the opening frame, two earned, off of Morgan Montemayor. It appeared to me that the Auburn team had really figured out MoMo, despite the fact she got 2K in the inning, with the way they were swinging the bats today and the staff was forced to bring Geri Ann Glasco in to start the second inning.
In the fifth inning, the Georgia offense exploded and it all started thanks to a SAC fly from Geri Ann Glasco (1-2, 2 RBI), followed by a towering two-run moonshot from Tina Iosefa. With the long ball, Iosefa tied the UGA freshman single-season HR record at nine long balls. The ball she hit out was not a little home run either, as she probably crushed the ball 250+ feet to left center field. Georgia would flex its muscles immediately after the Iosefa launch, crushing two more consecutive blasts thanks to Kaylee “Moose” Puailoa (7th HR) and Tess Sito (2nd HR). This was the second consecutive week that the Georgia Bulldogs have pressed play on back-to-back-to-back shots as Anna Swafford, Paige Wilson, and Geri Ann Glasco did it last weekend against the Delaware State Hornets. Perhaps more impressively, this is at least the 3rd or 4th time (need to check) this season that Kaylee Puailoa and Tina Iosefa have went back-to-back Bombs! The onslaught of long balls put Georgia on top of Auburn, 7-3, heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Auburn would refuse to go away quietly as they plated three more runs no thanks to a Lathan single, a Georgia fielding error, and a wild pitch. The gap was closing fast as the game rolled into the top of the sixth inning with a very narrow 7-6 score. Anna Swafford led off the sixth inning with a hot-shot single and promptly stole second base. Paige Wilson followed with a single to score Swafford from second, and then Geri Ann scorched a ball through the right side to score Wilson–Wilson had taken second base via the steal also. With the score situated at 9-6, Melero would take Glasco deep over the right field fence with a couple of outs in the 6th inning to cut the deficit to just two runs, bringing the score now to 9-7. MoMo was brought in to pitch in the 7th inning to relieve Glasco but was taken out after surrendering back-to-back hits to start the inning, one of which would score Auburn’s 8th run of the game. Geri Ann Glasco re-entered the game and got a fielder’s choice and two strikeouts swinging to end the game! This was a thriller to watch and was so fun because of all of the offense…typical third game in an SEC series! LOL.
Shout-out to Tess Sito’s mom, who along with myself, used the power of the free Saint Patrick’s Day beads (Auburn promotion) to guide our team to a win! Haha! Also, big shout out to all of the Georgia fans who showed up ready to scream and yell for their Red & Black! It was nice to have the slow-clap magic back for the first time since the 2010 Women’s College World Series! One thing is for sure, this team is getting stronger and more disciplined with each inning they compete in out between the chalked lines. It is such an exciting time to follow the girls across the Southeast, especially when we have so many fans showing up now!
As always, Go Dawgs!
PS: I may have creepy nightmares with the voice of that Day 3 Auburn announcer in them…Eeek! Haha!