Georgia improved to 23-7 (4-0 SEC) tonight at Jack Turner Stadium with a shutout victory over the Ole Miss Rebels, 6-0. Geri Ann Glasco started the game and pitched four innings, while Chelsea Wilkinson came in to pitch to start the fifth inning. Glasco and Wilkinson were both dominant, combining to surrender just one hit, each issuing a lone walk, and the two rookies combined to strike out 5 Rebel batters. Geri Ann improves to 14-1 on the year and has lowered her ERA to an impressive 1.89 mark. It would not surprise me to see the staff let Chelsea pitch a complete game against the Rebels tomorrow based on her dominant performance tonight. Wilkinson’s lone hit that she surrendered came on a slap hit to Paige Wilson–Wilson dove and tried to make the play but was just barely late! With the loss, Ole Miss falls to 1-6 in the SEC and 19-16 overall.
Georgia got the offense going in the first inning when Anna Swafford drew a leadoff walk before Paige Wilson hit a no-doubt shot to right field to bring the game to a 2-0 margin. In the third inning, Ole Miss came oh so close to scoring, but Paige Wilson and Katie Browne would hear nothing of it. Ole Miss rookie Melina Preciado tried to take home plate on a ground ball on the infield, but Paige Wilson came up firing to Browne at the plate who promptly tagged out the runner. This got the crowd, myself included, pumped up for the rest of the game! To lead off the bottom of the third inning, Glasco tattooed the first pitch she saw long and deep over the right field fence. This is, without a doubt, one of the longest bombs I have ever seen hit out of Jack Turner Stadium. The ball carried about 15-20 feet over the top of the trees in center field, putting the ball at no less than 250ft. If I had to guess, I would say that ball is just now coming down, haha! Two batters later, Tess Sito would follow Glasco’s dinger with one of her own, bringing the score to 4-0. I have been so impressed with Sito because she has hit a long ball in the past three games and is overall stroking the ball much harder than she did to start the season. Go Tess!! Georgia ended the scoring on Friday with a Katie Browne clutch single to the grass that plated a single run. The 6-0 margin would be all the offense that the Bulldogs needed as Chelsea Wilkinson got some big ground balls and some even bigger strikeouts to end the game.
You have to think that a lot of people were scratching their heads when Geri Ann was not in the circle to start the fifth inning. She had only walked one batter and had not given up a single hit for the entire first four innings. I guess the coaches wanted both girls to combine to get the shutout to increase chemistry, team effort, and confidence. Not only did this tactical plan throw the Ole Miss hitters off, but it really gave Wilkinson a boost of confidence. Wilk hit 66 several times on the radar tonight and she rarely even hits 65. To me, this means the adrenaline was pumping, she was in the zone, and she was relaxed! Keep it up, Chelsea! We need you! 😀
Georgia will most likely play two games tomorrow due to heavy rains expected on Saturday. Stay tuned to the blog and to GeorgiaDogs.com to see the official schedule for tomorrow as it is released. I am really hoping that MoMo and Chelsea get the two games tomorrow in order to give GAG some time to rest! She needs it, and better yet, she deserves it!
As always, Go Dawgs!