The Georgia softball team split games on Friday in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, losing to Notre Dame 10-7 in the first game on the day but getting the win in the second game, 2-0, over Northwestern. The win over the Wildcats moved the Bulldogs to 13-3 on the season and ended a 3-game losing skid.
Against the Wildcats, a pitchers’ duel was happening going into the fifth before Lacey Sumerlin ended the scoreless drought with a leadoff home run. The Mobile, Alabama native followed that up with another RBI in her next at-bat in the sixth, allowing Maeve McGuire to score after she started the frame with a double.
Sumerlin and Mahlena O’Neal tabbed two hits apiece in the game. Brittany Gray (8-1) earned the win, coming in to pitch the final four innings with two hits and three strikeouts to her line. Mary Wilson Avant started the game, tossing three hitless frames.
In game one, Georgia fell behind 5-1 going to the fifth, but rallied to knot it up. Alyssa DiCarlo highlighted the inning with a three-run home run to push her season total to eight on the year. The Bulldogs then pulled ahead in the next inning with Justice Milz hitting her first home run, a two-run shot to make it 7-5.
However, Notre Dame responded with a five-run sixth, capitalizing on four hits and an error, to claim the victory.
Georgia finished the contest with nine hits, led by senior Sydni Emanuel’s 3-for-4 effort. Freshmen Ciara Bryan and Milz tabbed a pair of hits each. Avant (1-2) took the loss after going two innings of relief with five hits and three runs allowed.
The weekend in California concludes on Saturday with an 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT game against Cal State Fullerton. Fans can watch online with a subscription to FloSoftball.com or keep up with live stats via georgiadogs.com.
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CLICK HERE for the box score and finals stats for the Georgia softball team’s game against Northwester.