April 21, 2010

Courtesy of GeorgiaDogs.com

ATHENS, Ga. - The 10th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs completed a season-series sweep over sixth-ranked Georgia Tech with a 6-3 victory Wednesday evening at the UGA Softball Stadium.

With the win, Georgia (37-8) extended its current winning streak to 12 games, and the Bulldogs have now won the last three meetings against the Yellow Jackets (41-7) including a 5-4 victory in Atlanta earlier this month.

Sophomore Erin Arevalo (17-5) notched the win by pitching a complete game allowing three runs on four hits while striking out six. Tech's one-through-four hitters recorded five of the six walks Arevalo issued but were held hitless on a 0-for-10 performance.

Offensively, the Bulldogs scored three runs off of each Yellow Jacket pitcher. Hope Rush (22-5) suffered the loss after relieving Jessica Coan with the game tied 3-3 in the fourth.

Against Coan, junior Taylor Schlopy (2-for-2) led off the game with a solo home run to right. It was the ninth home run of the season for Schlopy and her third when leading off a contest. The Bulldogs went on to add another run off of Coan in the first with junior Megan Wiggins drawing a walk, stealing second and scoring on an RBI single through the right side from junior Alisa Goler. In the second, junior Jennie Auger led off with a double to left center, took third on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly to right from sophomore Ashley Pauly to make it 3-0.

Georgia Tech tied the game 3-3 in the fourth on a three-run home run to left from Jessica Sinclair. Kristine Priebe and Rush were aboard after drawing a one-out walk and singling, respectively.

Georgia answered with three runs off of Rush in the fifth. After Schlopy drew a leadoff walk, Wiggins singled to shallow left moving Schlopy around to third, and on the play, Wiggins advanced to second on a throw. Junior Brianna Hesson then provided what proved to be the game-winning hit with a line drive triple to left that a diving Kristen Adkins was unable to handle. The game reached its final margin later in the inning when sophomore Ashley Razey dropped a hit in just beyond third base in shallow left scoring freshman Sara Sikes, who pinch ran for Hesson.

Up next, Georgia (14-6 Southeastern Conference) welcomes South Carolina (11-33, 1-21 SEC) to Athens for the final home series of the regular season. The Bulldogs and Gamecocks will play a double header on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. ET with the series finale on Sunday at 2 p.m.