Georgia beats LSU in five innings
Bulldogs score in every inning to improve to 20-1 overall
ATHENS, Ga. - No. 1 Georgia scored in every inning to down No. 21 LSU, 8-0, in five innings on Saturday in front of a season-high crowd of 1,355 at Jack Turner Softball Stadium.
Georgia improved to 20-1 overall and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference play.
From the circle, freshman Morgan Montemayor (8-1) hurled a complete game limiting LSU (15-9, 0-4 SEC) to just four hits in the shutout.
The Bulldogs scored started with single runs in the first and second innings. In the first, senior Taylor Schlopy drew a walk and stole second, the first of six stolen bases on the day for UGA. Next, senior Megan Wiggins (2-for-2) provided an RBI single to center. In the second, junior Brittney Hubbard singled, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a single up the middle from junior Ashley Pauly (2-for-2).
In the third, Georgia extended the lead to 6-0. With Wiggins aboard after being hit by a pitch, senior Alisa Goler (2-for-3) belted her fourth home run of the year to straight away center. The home run was the 46th of Goler's career pulling her to within one of the school record, and it ended the day for LSU starting pitcher Brittany Mack (5-3).
The Tigers turned to Meghan Patterson in relief, and the Bulldogs proceeded to load the bases for Pauly, who delivered a clutch two-run single to center.
The final two runs of the game were scored in the fourth inning. Wiggins singled to left and moved around to third on a single from Goler. Two batters later, junior Kristyn Sandberg reached on a fielder's choice and Wiggins scored when LSU third baseman Tammy Way committed a throwing error hitting Wiggins in the back with the ball.
After freshman Julia Echols continued the inning with a single to center, freshman Tiesha Reed pinch ran for Sandberg at second. In the next at bat, Hubbard swung and missed at strike three of what would have been the third out of the inning, but a passed ball allowed Hubbard to reach and on the play Reed was breaking for third on the pitch and came around to score as the ball went to the backstop.