Alabama holds off Georgia's late rally to claim series victory in top-10 bout
ATHENS, Ga. -- After two tense games Saturday, Sunday's contest was just as exciting as Alabama held off a late rally by Georgia in the seventh inning, stranding the bases loaded to secure the 4-2 victory and win the weekend series.
Alabama (20-5, 5-1 SEC) took the early lead before Georgia (23-5, 2-3 SEC) came back in the fifth to tie, but a two-run home run by Case in the sixth inning made the difference in Sunday's rubber-match victory. The homer was Case's first of the season and just her second extra-base hit. Demi Turner capped a strong weekend with a 3-for-4 performance, driving in one.
Alexis Osorio (8-2) earned the win in the circle and Leslie Jury earned her second save of the season, throwing the final inning of the game.
The Bulldogs' defense didn't help their effort by committing four errors, one of which led to Case's big sixth-inning home run. Starter Chelsea Wilkinson didn't factor in the decision; Brittany Gray (10-1) took her first loss, throwing 4.2 innings while both of her runs allowed were unearned.
The Bulldogs led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk and a single to quickly put two on with nobody out. Jury entered to pitch for Alabama in the save situation and a strikeout and groundout quickly brought Georgia down to its final out. With first base open, Hugo was intentionally walked for a second time to load the bases and Savannah McHellon battled through a long at-bat but a check swing was called for strike three on a full count to end it.
Share the W! A big two-run homer by Kallie Case lifts Alabama to a 4-2 win over Georgia to secure the series victory pic.twitter.com/590WZVGQ2Y— Alabama Softball (@AlabamaSB) March 15, 2015