May 30, 2009

OKLAHOMA CITY - Eighth-ranked Georgia eliminated 11th-ranked Missouri from the Women's College World Series on Saturday afternoon with a 5-2 victory at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The Bulldogs advance to play another elimination game Saturday night against sixth-ranked Michigan (47-11) at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Georgia improved to 45-11 with the win while Missouri concludes its season with a 50-12 mark. The Bulldogs improved to 38-0 when scoring four or more runs in a game this season.

Senior Christie Hamilton (25-9) earned the win for the Bulldogs from the circle by working her second complete game of the WCWS and striking out four. Missouri's Chelsea Thomas finished her 2009 season with a 16-7 record after allowing five runs, four earned, in four innings of work.

The Bulldogs only had three hits in the game but made them count. After picking up a run in the first without a hit on RBI groundout from sophomore Alisa Goler, Georgia added two runs in the fourth on a two-run home run from freshman Kristyn Sandberg and two more runs in the fifth on a two-run double from senior Kristin Schnake.

In the first, sophomore Taylor Schlopy scored the run on Goler's groundout after drawing a leadoff walk, moving to second on a groundout from Schnake and taking third on a passed ball. The RBI for Goler was her 80th of the season, which established a new Southeastern Conference single-season RBI record.

Sandberg's home run in the fourth extended the lead to 3-0, and it was her ninth long ball of the year moving her to just one homer shy of the Georgia freshman record. Sophomore Brianna Hesson was aboard for the home run after reaching on a fielder's choice.

In the fifth, freshman Lisaira Daniels drew a walk, Schlopy was hit by a pitch and a wild pitch allowed both runners to move up to second and third. Schnake capitalized with a two-run double to right center.

Missouri picked up its two runs in the sixth inning. The Tigers put runners on first and second with no outs on a pair of singles from Kathryn Poet and Micaela Minner. Two batters later, Andee Allen grounded out to first moving the runners up. Marla Schweisberge then followed with a two-run single to left center