ATHENS, Ga. -- No. 16 Georgia clinched the series against No. 10 Kentucky with a 4-1 win in front of a capacity crowd and a nationally televised ESPNU audience on a sun-splashed afternoon at Jack Turner Stadium. With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 41-12 on the year and 14-9 in the Southeastern Conference. Kentucky is now 41-13 overall and 13-10 in SEC play.
Highlighting the day was a two-run home run by Alex Hugo, her 22nd of the year, which puts her in a tie for first in the nation. She is now just two home runs shy of tying the single-season record at Georgia. Geri Ann Glasco and Kaylee Puailoa also had RBIs in the game.
Glasco got the win to improve to 16-5 on the year. She allowed one run on just two hits and three walks, while striking out three batters. Kelsey Nunley suffered the loss to drop to 21-7 on the year. She allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on five hits and three walks. Meagan Prince threw the final inning for Kentucky, allowing one hit.
Georgia struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Glasco, Hugo and Tina Iosefa each walked to load the bases with one out. Kaylee Puailoa delivered a perfectly-placed single to left field that allowed pinch runner Tiesha Reed to score the game’s first run.
Kentucky got its first base runner of the game by way of a walk in the top of the second. With one away, the third batter of the inning grounded into a 1-6-3 inning-ending double play.
After a pitcher’s duel that lasted the next three innings, Kentucky tied the game up at 1-1 on a RBI-single off the bat of Christian Stokes in the top of the fifth.
Georgia answered by putting up three runs in the bottom of the frame to retake the lead at 4-1. Samantha LaZear looked to have a double, but she was called back to the plate after the ball was ruled foul. Not to be denied, LaZear reached second on a two-base error that got the inning started for the Bulldogs. With LaZear standing at third after a fly out, Glasco poked a single through the right side that scored LaZear and made it 2-1 game. Hugo followed with her second home run of the weekend, this one a two-run shot deep to left that gave Georgia a 4-1 lead.
The Wildcats looked to answer in the top of the sixth as Nikki Sagermann recorded a one-out single, but Glasco induced the second 1-6-3 inning-ending double play of the game to retire the side.