Georgia advances to SEC quarterfinals with 11-0 win against Mississippi
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Home runs by Katie Browne and Anna Swafford highlighted Georgia's 11-0, five inning win against Ole Miss in the opening round of the 2015 Southeastern Conference Tournament at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La. With the win, Georgia gets its 40th win of the season to improve its record to 40-13. Ole Miss falls to 30-25 overall.
Chelsea Wilkinson earned her 25th win of the year to improve to 25-8. She allowed just two hits in the five-inning shutout. Madi Osias suffered the loss to fall to 12-16 on the year. She allowed six runs on five hits and a walk in 2.0 innings of work. Lauren Lindsey threw the final 2.0 innings, allowing five runs on three hits and a walk.
Georgia scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-0 lead against the Rebels. Swafford got things started with a double off the wall in center. With two away, Kaylee Puailoa singled up the middle, allowing Swafford to plate the first run of the inning. One batter later, Browne, a Louisiana native, lifted a 2-0 pitch to right field for her first home run of the year, giving Georgia a 3-0 lead.
The Bulldogs tacked on three runs in the bottom of the third inning to increase their lead to 6-0. A single by Sydni Emanuel and a walk to Alex Hugo put two on for Tina Iosefa. With no outs, Iosefa doubled into the gap in right center, scoring both S. Emanuel and Hugo and giving Georgia a 5-0 lead. After a double steal put runners at second and third, Puailoa hit a sacrifice fly to left that extended the Georgia lead to 6-0.
The scoring continued in the bottom of the fourth, as Georgia put up five runs to take an 11-0 lead. A double by S. Emanuel plated the first run of the inning. With a runner third, Hugo hit a sacrifice fly that scored C. Emanuel and made it a 9-0 game. With two on and one out, Swafford took the first pitch she saw over the center field wall for a two-run home run, her 13th homer of the year. The round tripper gave the Bulldogs an 11-0 lead.
Wilkinson returned to the circle in the fifth to complete the shutout bid. She retired the side in order to seal the win for the Bulldogs.