The 16th-ranked Georgia softball team recorded its third-straight five-inning victory Saturday evening with an 8-0 victory over UNCW at Jack Turner Stadium.
The day began with a five-plus hour snow delay in the first game of the day between Howard and Kent State. The Georgia-UNCW was the final game of the day. Georgia’s game against Kent State was canceled due to the snow.
Junior Lauren Mathis (2-0) worked the complete game in the circle for the Bulldogs. She tied a career-best 10 strikeouts, allowing only two hits and surrendering a single walk.
At the plate, Georgia’s eight runs came on seven hits. Sophomore Lacey Fincher and redshirt-freshman Jaiden Fields each tallied two hits. Fields’ pinch-hit triple in the first drove in three runs.
The Bulldogs (3-0) plated four runs in the bottom of the first inning. With two down in the frame, Fincher dropped a single into center followed by freshman Sara Mosley getting hit by a pitch. Fellow rookie Sydney Kuma beat out an infield single to short to load the bases. Senior Jordan Doggett drove in the first run of the evening by drawing a bases-loaded walk, 1-0 Bulldogs. In another first-inning, pinch-hit role, Fields plugged the right-center gap to clear the bases and give Georgia a 4-0 lead on the Seahawks (1-2).
With senior Ciara Bryan on third and two out in the bottom of the fourth, Fincher recorded her second hit, this time a single into left, widening the lead to 5-0.
With Kuma on first, Doggett singled to left, plating Kuma and adding to the six-run lead. On the play, the left fielder made two errors, allowing Doggett to score and bring the lead to 7-0. With two on, Bryan doubled to center, plating junior Tyler Armistead and enacting the run rule in five innings, 8-0.
Sunday’s slate of games will remain the same. Kent State and Howard will face off at 10 a.m. The Bulldogs will then play UNCW at 12:30 then Howard at 3 p.m.