Georgia comeback tops rival Tech
Home runs lead to big innings for both Bulldogs, Yellow Jackets
ATLANTA – Fourth-ranked Georgia erased a four-run, first-inning deficit, rallying for five runs in the sixth inning highlighted by a grand slam from junior Ashley Razey to defeat 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech 10-8 on Wednesday evening at Mewborn Field in front of a crowd of 1,384 fans.
Georgia improved to 36-6 with the win, and the comeback matched the Bulldogs' largest deficit overcome for a victory this season. The Bulldogs trailed North Dakota State 4-0 on Feb. 19 before rallying to win 14-4. Wednesday's win also gives Georgia a series sweep against Georgia Tech (34-8) with the Bulldogs also winning the meeting in Athens 10-2.
The Yellow Jackets hit a trio of home runs in the first inning to build the early 4-0 lead. Kelsi Weseman hit the first home run, a two-run shot, to right center. Two batters later Kate Kuzma provided a solo home run ending the game for Bulldog starter Erin Arevalo. Georgia then turned to sophomore Alison Owen in relief, and Owen was greeted by a solo home run from Alysha Rudnik before getting out to the inning.
The Bulldogs' comeback began in the top of the second with a three-run home run down the left field line from senior Taylor Schlopy. Juniors Kristyn Sandberg and Ashley Pauly were aboard for the long ball, Schlopy's 11th of the season, after drawing a leadoff hit-by-pitch and a two-out double to center, respectively.
In the top of the fourth, Georgia tied the game 4-4 on a one-out solo home run to right from Pauly, her second home run this season. In the bottom of that frame, Georgia Tech answered with two runs in the bottom of the frame on a single from Weseman.
In the fifth, UGA cut the lead to one run at 6-5 in the top of the inning but Georgia Tech went back up by two in the bottom half. The Bulldogs scored on a groundout from junior Kristyn Sandberg that scored senior Megan Wiggins, who started the inning with a triple. The Yellow Jackets scored their run on an RBI single through the left side from Caitlin Jordon.
Georgia's big inning then came in the sixth.
Sophomore Christine Olney got the rally started with a pinch-hit, leadoff double down the left field line, the first extra-base hit of her career. After a groundout moved Olney to third, Schlopy provided an RBI single through the right side. Seniors Alisa Goler and Brianna Hesson then drew back-to-back walks for the third time in the game to load the bases, and Goler's walk was her fourth of the contest.
Wiggins then reached on a fielder's choice and Schlopy was thrown out at the plate but the bases remained full for Razey, who delivered a grand slam to right center, putting the Dogs up 10-7. It marked Razey's eighth home run of the season and her second grand slam, and it was the sixth grand slam this season for the Bulldogs.
In the seventh, Jordon added the game's final run on a one-out solo home run to left.
Owen, who relieved Arevalo in the first, worked 6.1 innings for the win to improve to 12-2.
Georgia Tech starter Lindsey Anderson did not factor into the decision after pitching four innings while Kristen Adkins took the loss to fall to 16-5.