Georgia downs No. 2 Florida again
Bulldogs make it two in a row in Gainesville with 13-5 win
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Highlighted by a seven-run seventh inning the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs downed the No. 2 Florida Gators 13-5 on Saturday afternoon in front of a Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium crowd of 1,879.
Georgia (26-4, 7-3 SEC) scored its first six runs with two outs and carried a one-run lead into the seventh, where the Bulldogs exploded for seven runs en route to clinching the Southeastern Conference series having won Friday night 10-7. Georgia will go for the series sweep against Florida (30-3, 7-2 SEC) in the finale between the two teams on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Bulldogs earned Saturday's victory behind nine hits and 12 walks. The 12 walks matched the school record as Georgia also drew that many free passes on Feb. 20, 2009, against Ball State.
Florida took a 1-0 lead in the first after pushing across a run on a bases loaded double play, but Georgia answered with three runs in the top of the third to go up 3-1. With a runner on and two outs, junior Ashley Razey (2-for-3) hit her sixth home run of the year off of the scoreboard in left. The inning continued for the Bulldogs as junior Kristyn Sandberg drew a walk, and senior Brianna Hesson (2-for-5, 3 RBI) capped the inning with a RBI double to left center.
In the bottom of the third, the Gators answered with two runs to knot the contest at 3-3. Kelsey Bruder notched an RBI double to center and later scored when Megan Bush reached on a fielder's choice.
Georgia regained the lead for good with three more runs in the fourth. Senior Megan Wiggins reached on a two-out single and senior Alisa Goler (1-for-2) drew one of her three walks before Hesson drilled her second three-run home run of the series.
In the fifth, Florida climbed back in the contest pulling within one run at 6-5 on a two-run home run to left from Aja Paculba. Morgan Moultrie was aboard for the long ball after leading off the inning with a single.
The Bulldogs then put the game out of reach in the top of the seventh by scoring seven additional runs, and after scoring four runs in the seventh in game one on Friday, the Bulldogs have now scored 11 runs in the final inning. Coming into the weekend, Georgia had only scored 11 runs in the seventh on the year.
The big inning for UGA started with Hesson leading off with a double down the left field line. Florid then issued four-straight walks with junior Brittney Hubbard and senior Jennie Auger picking up bases loaded RBI on the free passes. Senior Taylor Schlopy then added a sacrifice fly to right and junior Ashley Pauly drove in a run on a single to center. Two batters later, Goler belted her team-leading 10th home run of the year out to right with two aboard to give the game its final margin of 13-5.
From the circle, freshman Morgan Montemayor worked the first six innings allowing five runs on nine hits while striking out six and only walking one to earn the win and improve to 12-2. Sophomore Alison Owen worked a scoreless seventh. Florida's Ensley Gammel suffered her second loss in as many days after pitching a total of five inning allowing 10 of Georgia's runs on seven hits and 10 walks while Kasey Fagan pitched two innings for the Gators giving up three runs on two hits and two walks.