No. 8 Georgia sweeps series from Arkansas with two run-rule victories
ATHENS, Ga. -- Eighth-ranked Georgia brought out the brooms on Saturday, picking up a pair of run-rule wins to earn the Southeastern Conference series sweep against Arkansas in a doubleheader at Jack Turner Stadium. Georgia took the first game 12-4 in six innings before winning the second game 9-1 in five innings. The trio of run-rule wins againstArkansas marks the first time in program history the Bulldogs won each game of a three-game SEC series by way of the run-rule.
With the wins, Georgia improves to 28-5 on the year and 6-3 in the SEC. Arkansas is now 13-17 overall and 0-6 in league play.
In game 1, Georgia used a walk-off double by Katie Browne to clinch the series.
Brittany Gray (11-1) earned the win, allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits in six innings of work. She also struck out three batters. Sydney Wright (8-6) took the loss after giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk in 4.1 innings. Grace Moll also saw time in the circle, allowing six runs on five hits in 1.1 innings.
Georgia had six multiple-hit performers in the game, led by Alex Hugo, who went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and three RBI. Tina Iosefa went 2-for-4 with a home run.
Georgia completed the season sweep of Arkansas with a 9-1 win in the second game of the doubleheader.
Chelsea Wilkinson (16-4) got her second win of the weekend win in the complete-game performance. She allowed one run on three hits and one walks. She also struck out six. Wright (8-7) suffered her second loss of the day after allowing nine runs on eight hits and four walks in 2.2 innings in the circle. She also struck out one batter. Haley Meinen threw the final 1.1 innings and did not give up a run.
Sydni Emanuel went 3-for-3 in the game, scoring once and driving in three runs. Iosefa continued her hot day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored.
Wilkinson retired eight consecutive batters before giving up a solo home run in the top of the fifth inning that cut the lead to 9-1. After giving up a single, Wilkinson retired the next two batters to seal the 9-1 win and the series sweep.