Tina Iosefa tallied three RBI in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader against Oklahoma State (32-26), leading Georgia (43-18) to a 6-0 victory in the back end of the twin billing on Sunday afternoon to advance to Super Regionals.
Iosefa’s three RBI gave her sole possession of the SEC and Georgia single-season record for RBI, now with 86 on the year. The Lynwood, California native’s outburst at the plate started with a towering two-run shot to left in the first inning of game two, seizing momentum for the Bulldogs after the Cowgirls took game one, 5-3, to force the winner-take-all second game.
Georgia will next head to Gainesville, Florida to face the top-ranked Gators in the Super Regional round.
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Georgia, the visiting team for game one, started the game hot and took advantage of three consecutive singles from Sydni and Cortni Emanuel and Alyssa DiCarlo with a RBI knock to start play and take a 1-0 lead before an out was recorded. Alex Hugo’s sacrifice fly with one out and runners on the corners made the score 2-0 through a half of an inning.
An error came to haunt the Bulldogs in the bottom of the first as a bases-empty, two-out situation turned into two runs after a throwing error, walk and single to center to draw even at 2-2 after the first inning.
A free pass to the leadoff hitter for the Cowgirls the follow inning turned into the go-ahead run after two groundouts and a single allowed Vanessa Shippy to come around and score, putting Georgia behind 3-2.
The Cowgirls’ defense struggled in the top of the fourth as the unit conceded three errors in the frame, coupled with an infield single and a hit-by-pitch to allow Georgia to draw even in the contest at 3-3. Oklahoma State was picked up on offense in the bottom of the frame, though, coming through with five infield hits for two runs and the decisive 5-3 lead.
Tina Iosefa got the scoring started in the bottom of the first of game two, launching a monstrous home run well over the fence in left for a two-run shot and a 2-0 lead.
After three quiet innings, the Bulldogs seized control of the game with a two-out rally in the fifth. Kaylee Puailoa got Georgia started with a bases-empty walk and Samantha LaZear followed with a single. Sydni Emanuel then bunted for a single to load the bases for Cortni Emanuel, who drove in two runs on a botched grounder by the Cowgirl shortstop. DiCarlo and Iosefa capped the inning with back-to-back RBI knocks, allowing Georgia to seize a 6-0 lead as the game headed to the home stretch.
Chelsea Wilkinson held the door shut on the Oklahoma State offense, finishing off the Cowgirls with a brilliant performance in the circle. The senior righty allowed only four hits while fanning nine in her second complete game in as many days.