It’s the year of the Moose, ladies and gentlemen!
On a chilly Wednesday night in Jack Turner Stadium, Kaylee Puailoa (3-3, 2 HR, 4 RBI) and the Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Georgia Southern Eagles in a 6-3 contest that featured three total home runs and some very good pitching. Geri Ann Glasco got the start in the circle for the Bulldogs and had a great top of the first. In the bottom of the opening frame, Anna Swafford led off with a single through the left side and would eventually be tripled in on a ball to the wall from Tina Iosefa. Kaylee Puailoa got her first of three hits on the night, a scorched line drive up the middle promptly after the Iosefa triple. Kaylee’s hit put the score at 2-0 in favor of the Bulldogs. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Moose once again delivered for the Dawgs with an absolutely MAMMOTH home run to right center field. We have seen some big bombs this year so far, but that one by Kaylee tonight and the one HUGE one from Geri Ann last week against Ole Miss are the furthest two I have seen hit out since Goler, Wiggins, and Razey dropped bombs a couple of years back! Georgia would score again on a wild pitch from Allie Miles to make it 4-0–Miles had been brought in to relieve Purvis in the 4th inning.
In what was turning out to already be a spotlight night for Kaylee, she kept it going in the fifth inning with another long ball, this time a 2-run dinger to right field. All three of the hits this evening were absolutely smoked off the bat! After scoring their sixth run of the game on the home run from Moose, Georgia’s scoring threat diminished and it was the Eagles’ turns to show out! After a single and an error with two outs put runners on 1st and 2nd base, Tabby Douberley crushed a pitch from Chelsea Wilkinson deep out of the park in center field, in turn scoring three runs for the Eagles. The game would end with the score situated at 6-3 and Morgan Montemayor would have a perfect, 3 K top of the 7th inning to put the game away effortlessly. Go MoMo!!
With the win, Georgia (26-7, 6-0 SEC) has now won 16 games in a row dating back to a mercy rule victory over Radford on March 3rd. Geri Ann Glasco improved to 16-1 in the circle, going four innings, giving up one hit, no walks, no runs, and all while fanning 7 Georgia Southern batters. Chelsea Wilkinson pitched two innings, struck out three batters, and gave up three earned runs. Chelsea was really spinning the ball well tonight, and the home run was the only truly hard hit ball of the night by GA Southern. The Eagles look good and I would expect them to win the Southern Conference this year. The third pitcher Georgia Southern brought in, Brooke Red, had an absolutely KILLER drop ball and would have success in the SEC if she added one or two more good breaking pitches. It seemed that the drop ball was her only real weapon–breaking a lot and coming in at around 65mph–but was the only real pitch she threw.
The girls are continuing the big offense and Purvis was a very good test tonight of where we are at this point in the season. I really hope that the weather holds up again this weekend in Fayetteville so the girls can get all three games of the series in! With her three hits tonight, Kaylee Puailoa raised her average to a .400 clip. This now puts four Georgia Bulldogs (Olney, Glasco, Puailoa, Wilson) all batting .400 or above. Anna Swafford cracked into the .400s tonight but would end the night a single away from .400 at .394. Pretty dang impressive, ladies!!!
Good luck in Arkansas this weekend, Dawgs!
As always, Go Dawgs!
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