Georgia 7, Tennessee Tech 3

May 20, 2005

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia knocked off Tennessee Tech 7-3 in the first round of the NCAA Softball Regional on Friday night at the Georgia Softball Stadium.

Georgia (52-13) moves on to face Georgia Tech on Saturday at noon. The Yellow Jackets earned a win over Kansas in their first-round game on Friday night. Tennessee Tech (35-27) will play Kansas at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

"(Starting pitcher Kasi Carroll) has been awesome for us all year," said head coach Lu Harris-Champer. "We couldn't have won the SEC Championship this year without her. I'm proud of her for fighting hard tonight.

"(Tennessee Tech) put up a fight. Ashley Potts hit that ball (in the sixth inning) a ton," Harris-Champer said.

Courtney Knight started the offense for the Bulldogs with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first. It was Knight's first game hitting in the leadoff spot since April 20 against Georgia Southern.

Georgia got on the board again in the third inning when back-to-back walks and a sacrifice bunt put Jessica Gilmore at the plate with one out. Gilmore tripled home pinch runner Melissa Cook and Megan McAllister, and Katie Vickers followed with an RBI single to make the score 4-0.

Ashley Potts made the score 4-3 in the top of the sixth with a three-run homer to leftfield. The homerun followed consecutive singles by Katie Speiser and Beth Boden that started Tennessee Tech's inning. The Golden Eagles' inning could have produced much more, as six hits in the frame led to a bases-loaded situation with one. Georgia went to the bullpen for help and reliever Katie Griffith worked a double-play fly-out that ended the scoring threat.

In the bottom of the sixth, McAllister singled home Knight to make the score 5-3. Vickers followed three batters later with a two-RBI single for the 7-3 final.

Carroll (17-3) earned the win for the Bulldogs, while Griffith worked two scoreless innings for her second save of the year. Bonnie Bynum (24-16) took the loss for the Golden Eagles.

"I was proud of the way we battled and fought," said Tennessee Tech head coach Tory Acheson. "We didn't back down. Georgia is a great team and you have to give them credit for making the big plays when they had to.

"The sixth inning was typical of our season. We've had the most success when we play aggressively. We had a lot of girls step up," Acheson said.

Georgia evened the all-time series at 1-1 with the win. In the only other meeting between these two teams, Tennessee Tech defeated Georgia 3-2 at the Speedline Tournament in Tampa, Fla., in 2000.

-- Courtesy Georgia