Well ladies and gentlemen, the Bulldogs once again made a big statement with regards to what school runs the state when it comes to softball! Georgia not only defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets tonight, but they absolutely crushed them by a final score of 20-1. The Bulldogs combined to hit a whopping six home runs in front of a rowdy, capacity crowd. Tonight was by far the largest crowd of the season with standing room only available. Now that’s what I like to see! Go Dawgs! 😀
Tonight’s game was one of those contests where if you are Georgia Tech, you hope you wake up in a cold sweat and it was all just one big nightmare. Unfortunately for the Yellow Jackets, they would have no such luck and headed back to Atlanta after taking their largest loss of the season. I expected this match-up to be much more competitive than the previous meeting this year between the two teams, but this was not the case. All of the girls hit the ball hard and the defense/pitching looked superb. Montemayor and Wilkinson were absolutely brilliant tonight!
Georgia got out to a monstrous lead in the first inning after scoring 12 runs. These first inning runs would prove to be more than enough as Georgia Tech would only manage to plate a single run off of Montemayor via a fielder’s choice. In the opening frame, the Georgia Tech starting pitcher, Karly Fullem, was a little wild to say the least. After a walked in run and a two-run single from Olney, Katie Browne blasted her third long ball of the year–this time a 3-run shot to the scoreboard. The inning would continue thanks to a string of hits and walks, and the scoring would be capped off after Kaylee Puailoa creamed a Fullem pitch over the wall for a Grand Slam. Despite using a lot of offensive firepower early, Georgia would not stop there. The Bulldogs continued their hot offense in the bottom of the second inning after Niaja Griffin reached on an error, followed by a smoked double to the left field corner by leadoff hitter, Anna Swafford. Tess Sito led off the third inning with a solo shot to center field off of the new Tech pitcher, Kleinschmidt, and her shot was hit a LONG way! Awesome hit, Sito! Georgia Tech scored their lone run in the game after Ashley Thomas hit a long single and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice. A pair of 2-run home runs by Tina Iosefa, her 13th, and Christine Olney, just her 3rd, would seal the already inevitable fate for Georgia Tech in the bottom half of the fourth inning. Morgan Montemayor picked up the win after giving up just one hit, while striking out 8 batters. Chelsea Wilkinson finished the game in the 5th inning with a perfect outing, striking out two and popping up the final batter of the game.
I think the girls not only hit the ball well, but pitching was absolutely fantastic all night! If the girls can play the way they played tonight and put some good swings on the ball, I really think they have a chance to win against Tennessee. No doubt, Tennessee is an experienced and talented team, but with the way we have been swinging the bats combined with how pitching looked tonight, we are going to give them one heck of a run for their money!
It feels good to know that we are the best team in the state of Georgia because there are some really talented clubs in the Peach State. Until next year, see you later pesky little Bumblebees! 😉
As always, Go Dawgs!