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SOFTBALL: Georgia keeps the home undefeated streak going

UGA softball student-athlete Mary Wilson Avant (5)
UGA softball student-athlete Mary Wilson Avant (5)

Athens, GA – The Georgia Classic softball tournament resumed on Saturday, and the No. 19 UGA softball team defended their undefeated streak at home at Jack Turner Stadium with a pair of wins.

The Lady Bulldogs first took down No. 21 James Madison in run-rule fashion in six innings, 13-5. It was the second straight run-rules’ win over James Madison as the Bulldogs won in five in Friday’s action 19-11 Georgia followed up the win over James Madison with a 7-4 victory over Central Michigan in the second game of the afternoon.

#19 Georgia 13, #21 James Madison 5 (6 innings)

The Bulldogs scattered nine hits, led by two-hit performances from freshman Sara Mosley and sophomore Savana Sikes, driving in three and two runs, respectively. Georgia had five extra-base hits including home runs from Jordan Doggett, Mackenzie Puckett, and Mosley. 

Mary Wilson Avant (5-2) worked the complete game, going six innings. She struck out six and allowed five runs, only one of which was earned.

Ciara Bryan began the home half of the second by reaching on an error and stealing second. She came in to score on a single to center off the bat of Sydney Kuma. After a walk to Lacey Fincher, Mosley stepped in and blasted her third home run of the season into the trees in right-center to widen Georgia’s early lead to 4-0 in the first.

A two-out, three-run home run by James Madison’s (5-3) Kate Gordon quickly cut Georgia’s lead to one in the top of the second, 4-3.

Doggett knocked her fifth-career home run, a solo shot, over the wall in right-center in the bottom of the inning, 5-3 Bulldogs. Puckett followed with a two-run shot of her own in the third to widen Georgia’s lead back to four, 7-3. 

A solo home run by Michelle Sullivan and a couple of Georgia errors allowed JMU to plate two runs in the fourth, cutting the lead to two, 7-5.

For the second-straight day against the Dukes, a big inning propelled Georgia to a run-rule victory. A bases-loaded walk to Fincher and a wild pitch plated two runs for Georgia, 9-5. An RBI groundout by Puckett tipped the double-digit run mark, 10-5. Sikes plugged the left-center gap to drive in two then CJ Landrum doubled to drive in Sikes and end the game, 13-5. 

#19 Georgia 7, Central Michigan 4

Georgia continued its perfect week with a 7-4 win over Central Michigan in the afternoon. Kuma led the charge offensively for the Bulldogs, finishing with a three-hit day, driving in two runs. Mahlena O’Neal and Doggett tallied two hits apiece against the Chippewas (1-7).

Lauren Mathis (5-0) went the distance, tying her career-best 13 strikeouts she set just Wednesday against Samford. She allowed two earned runs on three hits.

Central Michigan jumped out to a two-run lead with a home run to left by Morgan Gardner in the top of the third, 2-0.

In the bottom of the inning, a two-run double by Doggett quickly tied the game. Kuma, the next batter, gave Georgia the lead when she knocked her first-career home run to right-center, 4-2 Georgia.

Tyler Armistead tripled down the right-field line in the bottom half of the fourth. On the play, an errant throw by the right fielder got away from the infielders, allowing Armistead to score and open a three-run lead, 5-2.

The Chippewas immediately got two runs back in the top of the fourth with another two-run home run, this time by Shaiden Knapp, 5-4.

A sacrifice fly off the bat of Mosley in the home half of the fifth drew the lead back out to two, 6-4. An RBI groundout to second by Bryan scored Sikes and brought Georgia’s final tally to 7-4 in the sixth.

Georgia softball student-athlete Jordan Doggett (10) during a game against Central Michigan at the Jack Turner Softball Complex in Athens, Ga., on Fri., Feb. 21, 2020. (Photo by Chamberlain Smith)
Georgia softball student-athlete Jordan Doggett (10) during a game against Central Michigan at the Jack Turner Softball Complex in Athens, Ga., on Fri., Feb. 21, 2020.
(Photo by Chamberlain Smith)

UGA softball head coach Lu Harris-Champer shared her thoughts on the Lady Bulldogs’ performance from Saturday.

“It’s a new day. You just have to build on what you’ve been doing. We had some really good offensive performances in both games. In game one, several kids had an RBI double. Sara Mosley really came in clutch. [Mackenzie] Puckett got two and Savana [Sikes] got two. In game two, I thought Jordan [Doggett] was really clutch for us to come from behind, add tack on, and add some more runs in there. It was just really exciting to see them hit the ball, lock into an approach, and let that approach work for them.”

The Bulldogs will close out the Georgia Classic Tourney on Sunday afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. ET game versus Austin Peay, which will stream live on SEC Network+.  Coach Harris-Champer stated that Georgia had to continue working on their approach against the Governors on Sunday.

“It’s really just the same thing. No matter who we’re playing, we’re working our approach,” said Coach Harris-Champer. “And we’re playing our game. I also want to say that Sydney Kuma had an outstanding game at the plate.”

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