Georgia 2, Georgia Tech 1

May 22, 2005

ATHENS, Ga.---Georgia advanced to NCAA Super Regional play with a 2-1 win over Georgia Tech on Sunday at the Georgia Softball Stadium.

The site of the Super Regional will be determined at the conclusion of the UCLA-Cal State Fullerton regional championship game on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles.

Georgia's (54-13) Michelle Green and Kasi Carroll combined on the one-run effort for the Bulldogs, holding Georgia Tech (51-14) to only four hits in the game. Green (26-3) worked the first five innings, striking out seven, and Carroll earned her seventh save of the year with two strikeouts in the final two innings.

"I'm proud of the team for fighting and playing as a team," said Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer. "We're exactly where we want to be. I am proud of Green and McAllister for getting the RBIs today. And you can't say enough about our hitters that continue to move runners over. Katie Lewis has been doing that all year."

A leadoff double by Courtney Knight got Georgia's offense started in the bottom of the first. Knight scored on a Megan McAllister singe to right, and McAllister scored on Michelle Green's single to centerfield for the early 2-0 lead.

Georgia Tech's Jessica Sallinger (28-9) settled down after the first, allowing just one hit the rest of the way. Georgia threatened again in the fifth with two on and one out, but Sallinger worked a fly out and ground out to end the inning.

In the top of the seventh, Daisy Paez doubled to right field for the Yellow Jackets and scored on a fielder's choice and throwing error by the Bulldogs. Carroll fanned the last batter of the game to end the score at 2-1.

"You hate to see your season end on a loss, especially a group like this that played so well all year," said Georgia Tech head coach Ehren Earlywine. "This senior group really blazed a trail for this program, not only for this year but the last four years. A lot of our success can be attributed to this senior class."

In Georgia's three wins this weekend, the Bulldogs combined for a .325 team hitting percentage, six extra-base hits and a staff ERA of 1.66. Kelsey Todd, Knight and McAllister all batted .500 with at least six at bats, and McAllister and Katie Vickers led the team with four RBIs each.

Green was 2-0 for the Bulldogs with a 0.70 ERA and 10 innings pitched. Carroll was 1-0 with a 2.33 ERA, nine innings pitched and one save. The Bulldog defense committed just one error in the tournament, finishing with a .988 fielding percentage.

-- Courtesy University of Georgia