Georgia evens series, forces Game 3
Bulldogs get key hits, score unearned run to keep season alive
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Georgia forced a deciding Game 3 of the Knoxville Super Regional with a 1-0 win against Tennessee on Sunday. The Bulldogs moved to 45-16 on the year, while the Lady Vols dropped to 51-12.
Erin Arevalo gave up just two hits to earn the complete-game win to move to 27-8 on the year. Ellen Renfroe suffered the loss to drop to 27-4 after allowing one unearned run on three hits and pair of walks.
Georgia took the first shot of the game by going up 1-0 in the bottom third. Junior Macie Couey singled down toward third base before advancing to second after a junior Tess Sito was hit by a pitch. Couey then scored off of a Lady Vol fielding error during senior Ashley Pauly’s turn at bat.
The Bulldogs looked to add some insurance in the bottom of the fourth, as junior Christine Olney hit a two-out double to right center and freshman Niaja Grffin drew a walk. The duo was left stranded as the final batter grounded out to end the inning.
Tennessee’s best chance came in the top of the sixth when Kat Dotson led off with a single down the right field line and moved to second on sacrifice bunt. Shelby Burchell reached on an error that put runners at first and second with one away. Arevalo caught Lauren Gibson swinging and got Melissa Brown to ground out to second.