SOFTBALL: UGA Blasts Perdue 8-0
The 13th-ranked Georgia softball team earned a shutout, run-rule win over the Purdue Boilermakers to conclude the 15th Annual Red & Black Showcase Sunday at Jack Turner Stadium.
Georgia’s eight runs came on 12 hits, led by a 3-for-3, two-RBI performance from redshirt-junior Jaiden Fields. Senior CJ Landrum picked up two hits and two runs at the bottom of Georgia’s lineup. Sophomore Sydney Chambley drove in three runs with a home run and a sac fly in the contest.
Sophomore Madison Kerpics (3-1) earned her third win in the circle, working the complete five innings in the shutout, allowing just two hits. She struck out nine Boilermakers (6-4) in her outing.
The offense exploded for five runs in Georgia’s half of the third inning. The scoring started with a two-run home run that cleared the seating in center off the bat of Chambley. Later, freshman Lyndi Rae Davis drove in Sydney Kuma to lengthen the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-0. The next batter, Fields launched a two-run home run of her own to left-center to conclude a five spot in the third for Georgia.
Ellie Armistead continued her strong weekend at the plate, leading off the fourth with a solo home run. The next batter, Landrum knocked a standup triple to the wall in right center then tagged up and scored on a sacrifice fly to the warning track in left off the bat of Chambley, 7-0 Bulldogs.
A leadoff walk and back-to-back singles from Fields and pinch hitter Jayda Kearney loaded the bases with no out in the fifth. Pinch hitter Mackenzie Puckett provided a single to center field to easily score Payden Bordeau and secure the 8-0 run rule victory over the Boilermakers.
Georgia is back in action Wednesday when the Bulldogs host Gardner-Webb at Jack Turner Stadium. First pitch against the Runnin’ Bulldogs is set for 5 p.m., EST. Kids 12 and under will have the opportunity to run the bases following the game.
WBB: Auburn Beats Georgia, 65-60
Georgia led by as many as eight late in the third quarter, but the Tigers held the Lady Bulldogs scoreless for the final 7:16 of the game, and outscored Georgia 17-6 in the final period. Auburn improves to 10-15 overall and 2-12 in the Southeastern Conference. The Lady Bulldogs fall to 18-8 and 7-7 in the league.
Jenna Stati scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to pace the Lady Bulldogs. Javyn Nicholson scored 11 points in her third-straight start, while Reigan Richardson scored in double figures for the third time in four games with 10.
Honesty Scott-Grayson scored 23 points for the Tigers, highlighted by a perfect three-of-three on three point field goals. Auburn hit six of 14 from beyond the arc, while Georgia was just one of six.
Aicha Coulibaly was tremendous down the stretch for Auburn. She had 19 points, 15 in the second half, grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals, spearheading the Tigers defensive performance. Auburn won the turnover battle 21-15.
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