Softball Takes #8 Georgia to Extra Innings, Upset Bid Falls Short
Brianna Streetmon (Winder, Ga.) threw a career high 158 pitches and kept the UGA bats in check all game. The Sophomore pitcher allowed just five hits, struck out seven and allowed just three runs in almost eight innings of work.
Marie Fogle (Rincon, Ga.) worked a ten pitch at-bat in the first inning and after numerous long fly balls smacked a base hit off the pitcher's glove giving the Eagles a one out base runner. Robyne Siliga (Oceanside, Calif.) followed with a full-count walk, but Sam Russo (Snellville, Ga.) grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The Bulldogs took advantage of a lead off walk in the bottom half of the first inning and scored an early run. Taylor Schlopy led off with a walk and stole second before a throwing error on Ashley Pauly's sacrifice bunt allowed her to score.
Streetmon worked her way out of a jam in the second inning after a sacrifice bunt moved two runners into scoring position with only one out. Streetmon struck out Maya Branch on three pitches and got Taylor Schlopy to ground out to end the inning.
GSU tied the game on an Amanda Hall (Haddock, Ga.) RBI single in the fourth inning. Sam Russo (Snellville, Ga.) drove a ball over the head of Tess Echols in right field and off the wall for a double. Hall followed with a base hit to center scoring Russo from second. Megen Smith (Springfield, Ga.) walked to put a runner in scoring position. A fielder's choice cut Hall down at third, but a failed double play attempt allowed both runners to move into scoring position. Sarah McCloud got out of the jam by striking out Hanna Ennis (Snellville, Ga.) to end the inning.
Christie Hamilton came on to pitch for UGA in the top of the fifth. Mackenzie Williams (Baxley, Ga.) greeted Hamilton by sending her first pitch over the wall in straight away center giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
The Bulldogs retied the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the inning. UGA loaded the bases on a full count walk by Tori Moody. Jennie Auger drove a ball to center that Hall made a diving catch for, but the pinch runner, Brittney Hubbard, tagged up and scored from third on the play. Streetmon recorded a pair of strike outs to leave runners on base.
The game headed to the 8th inning with neither team being able to score in the seventh. Lisaira Daniels reached on a fielder's choice and promptly stole second base. Fogle robbed an extra base hit away from Taylor Schlopy, but Ashley Pauly scored the winning run on a walk-off double.
Softball will host their final regular season series this weekend as they take on the Furman Paladins.
- Category: Softball
- Published on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 19:40