April 9, 2009

Courtesy of Georgia Athletics

ATHENS, Ga. – Seventh-ranked Georgia defeated the 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 7-5, at the UGA Softball Stadium on Wednesday afternoon in front of a season-high home crowd of 1,095.

The victory by the Bulldogs (26-7) marked their first win over the Yellow Jackets (28-11) since 2006 snapping a four-game winning streak in the series by Georgia Tech.

Senior Christie Hamilton earned the win to improve to 13-5 in the circle after pitching five innings of relief of sophomore starter Sarah McCloud. McCloud allowed just one run on two hits in two innings, and Hamilton surrendered four runs on five hits. Georgia Tech's Tiffany Johnson fell to 11-2 after allowing four runs on a hit and three walks without recording an out in the first. Jessica Coan pitched six innings in relief for the Yellow Jackets giving up three runs on five hits.

After Georgia Tech took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a RBI double from Whitney Haller, Georgia answered with four runs in the bottom half of the frame and batted around for the 15th time this season. Senior Kristin Schnake and sophomore Alisa Goler drew a pair of walks on eight-straight pitches setting up an RBI double to right center from sophomore Brianna Hesson. Next, freshman Kristyn Sandberg picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice. Two more walks in the inning to freshman Tori Moody and sophomore Jennie Auger pushed across the third run, and freshman Ashley Pauly added sacrifice fly to center.

In the third, the Bulldogs extended the lead to 6-1. Pauly started the two-run inning with a single to center, and freshman Maya Branch and Schnake would both reach on bunt singles to load the bases. A pair of wild pitches then led to the two runs. Pauly scored on the first wild pitch that also allowed the other runners to move up to second and third. Georgia Tech then elected to intentionally walk Goler, and the second wild pitch of the frame occurred on ball four allowing Branch to plate another run.

Georgia picked up its seventh run in the fifth inning on a one-out, solo home run to left from freshman Brittany Hubbard. It was her second long ball of the season.

In the seventh, Georgia Tech scored four runs to give the game its final margin of 7-5. After a walk and hit batter put two on, Jessica Sinclair drove in run with a RBI single to left. Two batters later, Jen Yee added an RBI on a ground. Blair Shimandle and Kelsi Weseman drove in the next two runs on a single and double, respectively.

Wednesday's contest against Georgia Tech marked the start of a six-game home stand for the Bulldogs. Up next, Georgia will play host to a three-game SEC series against Ole Miss on Friday and Saturday.