#1 Georgia 8, #3 Georgia Tech 1

May 21, 2005

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia advanced to the championship round of the NCAA Softball Regional with an 8-1 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (53-13) will play on Sunday at noon against the winner of Saturday's 5 p.m. game, which will include Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets will play either Tennessee Tech or Kansas in that play-in contest.

Michelle Green (25-3) led Georgia in its win over Georgia Tech as she worked five innings with two hits, one run, eight strikeouts and six walks. Jessica Sallinger (28-8) took the loss for the Yellow Jackets with four hits, five runs, three walks and four strikeouts.

"We had some clutch RBIs and hit some hard ground balls," said Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer. "I'm proud of the way we pitched and I'm proud of the way the defense played. I'm just excited to play (tomorrow). It feels like a waiting game now."

Three straight two-out RBI singles in the fourth helped Georgia break the scoreless tie over the Yellow Jackets. Kim Wendland was hit by a pitch to start Georgia's rally and Megan McAllister followed with a single. With two outs, the Bulldogs pieced together RBI singles by Jessica Gilmore, Katie Vickers and Michelle Green that made the lead 3-0.

McAllister made the lead 5-0 with a two-run double in the fifth, scoring Courtney Knight and Wendland.

In the sixth inning, pinch hitter Jade Jarvis entered with one out and the bases loaded and hit a double to right-center field to score all three runners. It was Jarvis's first double of the year.

Three straight walks to start the bottom of the sixth led to one run by Georgia Tech on a Katie Donovan single to right that scored Christine Sheridan.

"You have to give credit to Georgia," said Georgia Tech head coach Ehren Earleywine. "Every inning they were moving the ball around and making us make plays. We know when we play Georgia they're going to hit four or five hard-hit balls and you just hope that three or four of them are right at you."

Kasi Carroll entered for Green with none out in the sixth inning and pitched the final two frames for Georgia with five strikeouts.

Georgia now leads the all-time series between the two rivals 13-4. In three NCAA regional matchups, Georgia has won 2 of 3.

-- Courtesy Georgia