The No. 6 ranked Georgia Bulldog softball team (42-8,15-6) fell to No. 17 ranked Alabama (29-17,9-12) 7-4 Sunday afternoon at a full capacity Jack Turner Stadium. Despite the loss, the team claimed the weekend series 2-1 and is the only team in the SEC to have won every single series in the conference this season.
Mary Avant Wilson (8-2) started for the Bulldogs and had rough first inning giving up four runs to the Crimson Tide. She was pulled in the third inning and relieved by Lauren Mathis. Keara Napoli closed the game out for Georgia pitching the sixth and seventh innings.
Overall, the offense was sluggish for the majority of the game with a total of only three hits heading into the last inning compared to Alabama’s eleven. Falling behind significantly in the early innings was enough to keep Georgia from getting within reach and kept Alabama at arms reach until the second half of the game.
The Bulldogs added on a single run in the fourth inning on a Cortni Emanuel single and attempted to rally in the bottom of the seventh inning scoring three runs on a pair of doubles from Justice Milz and Alysen Febrey.
The last-ditch effort wasn’t enough and the team’s comeback fell just short as Kendall Burton grounded out to second base to end the game.
“We had a lot of opportunity to capitalize in the game and we did not take advantage of those situations we had,” head coach Lu-Harris Champer said. I was very proud of our team’s fight at the end of the game to stay in it. Gave ourselves a chance and we did a good job matching up and mixing up. When it is said and done we had opportunity and we did not capitalize. They did.”
The Georgia softball team will head to Oxford, Mississippi next to take on Ole Miss. This series will conclude the regular season for the Bulldogs and the first game will start at 7 p.m. this Friday, May 4 and will be live on the SEC network.