Forced to play two games today due to incoming Sunday storms, Georgia completed the SEC sweep over the Ole Miss Rebels with two run-rule victories. Georgia won the first game by a final score of 14-5 in a 5-inning victory. Things looked pretty similar in the second game of the day as the Dawgs once again dominated, this time in 12-4 fashion (6 innings). Geri Ann Glasco improved to 15-1 on the season by picking up the win in the first game, but it was Chelsea Wilkinson that moved to 3-1 after getting the win in the second contest. Morgan Montemayor came in to relieve Wilkinson in the bottom of the 4th inning and looked great–striking out the side on some 70-71 MPH heat!
In the first game of the day, things got off to a shaky start when Glasco gave up four earned runs to start the game. An RBI single followed by a long ball from Erin Jayjohn put the Rebels up 4-0 early in the game, but the Dawgs were certainly not going to roll over and play dead. Georgia exploded for 9 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Georgia initially scored thanks to a bases-loaded Moose single, followed by a walk, single, and HBP to bring things to a tie. The scoring did not stop here as Georgia plated 5 more runs on a wild pitch, a bases-clearing triple from Anna Swafford, and a single up the middle from Glasco.
Geri Ann Glasco hit her first long ball of the day in the third inning to bring the Georgia lead to 10-4. Georgia would make the score 11-4 in the fourth inning when Tess Sito ripped a ball to the wall to score Sam LaZear. Ole Miss plated a run off of a fielder’s choice in the top of the 5th inning, although a pair of bombs by Glasco and Puailoa would end the game prematurely with the final score situated at 14-5 in 5 innings.
Georgia’s second contest of the day against the Rebels once again saw the Georgia offense explode in the opening frame of play. Geri Ann Glasco hit her third blast of the day deep over the wall, followed by a moonshot from Tina Iosefa to make the score 2-0 early in the contest. Both offenses would fall into a lull until the 4th inning when Erin Jayjohn hit her second home run of the day off of Georgia pitching. Georgia would see the lead turn into a tie in the fifth inning via a Culley slap-hit home run that barely fell fair over the right field wall. Refusing to go away, Georgia scored two runs in the bottom of the 5th inning thanks to an absolutely crushed shot over the scoreboard by Katie Browne and also on a passed ball. Ole Miss turned to Erin Jayjohn in relief of starter Carley Hummel in the 5th inning, but Jayjohn wouldn’t have much luck either as Tina Iosefa took a ball deep over the outfield wall to put the Bulldogs up by a 7-2 score.
Just as things started to look put away, Ole Miss led off the sixth inning with back-to-back launches from Allison Brown and London Ladner. In the bottom of the sixth inning, ahead of the Rebels by a 7-4 tally, Georgia scored 5 runs to end the game via the mercy rule for the second consecutive contest. A bases loaded walk scored Georgia’s first run, before Kaylee Puailoa singled in Wilson and Glasco to bring the lead to 10-4. Tess Sito provided the heroics by busting a shot just off the top of the wall to score the final two runs of the game for the Bulldogs, essentially ending the game in walk-off run-rule fashion.
Georgia is now riding a 15-game winning streak and improves to 25-7 (6-0 SEC) overall. I am so proud of this team and looking back at the team that started the first month of the season, I cannot even begin to explain how much better the girls have gotten. Leading the nation in most offensive categories, our young Bulldog pups are showing that they are going to be a tough out for the next four seasons. But, it is so much more than the young Dawgs producing–Sito, Olney, Swafford, Wilson, and Griffin are all hitting the ball hard too! Tess Sito has really pummeled the ball the last two weeks, and I cannot wait to see her help lead this group throughout what is proving to be an incredibly exciting journey! Despite giving up four runs, all coming from solo home runs, Chelsea Wilkinson looked great in the circle and I expect her to see her get a fair share of innings as the months go on.
From 7-6 to 25-7 and an untouched SEC record, it does not get much more impressive than that, folks! There has never been a more exciting time to be a Georgia Bulldog Softball fan! Sic’ Em Dawgs!!! Georgia will return to action on Wednesday night when they take on in-state foe, Georgia Southern. After the mid-week contest with the Georgia Southern Eagles, Georgia will make the long journey to Fayetteville, Arkansas to face the Arkansas Razorbacks. Earlier today, the Razorbacks were swept by the Florida Gators, although the third game came down to the wire between the two. Florida won 1-0 on a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 7th inning. I have said it a thousand times, and I will probably say it a thousand more times, but there is nothing scarier than having to face a group of confident young kids!
As always, Go Dawgs!!!