ATHENS, Ga. - An offensive onslaught solidified a 12-0 win against College of Charleston for the 14th-ranked Georgia softball team prior to the Bulldogs' dispatching of Gardner Webb, 9-0, Friday in the 15th Annual Georgia Classic at Jack Turner Stadium.
Georgia improved to 11-1 overall and maintained its unblemished home record at 7-0. College of Charleston and Gardner Webb fell to 6-4 and 9-6, respectively.
"[Our mindset] is to continue to work the process that we've been working on all year long," Georgia head coach Lu Harris-Champer said. "Getting deep in the count, and hitting the pitches we've been looking for. I was really proud of the production. We got some long balls, but that's not really what we're shooting for. They came as a result of having a good process."
Collectively, the Bulldogs' pitching yielded no runs on one hit over 11 innings, while offensively scoring 21 runs on 23 hits - nine of which for extra bases - in Georgia's opening two games of the four-team tournament.
Combining for a no-hitter in game one was starter Brittany Gray (5-0), and relievers Lauren Mathis and Mary Wilson Avant. Gray reached milestone strikeout No. 400 in the top of the second and finished with a total of four in three innings pitched. In game two, junior starter Kylie Bass (4-0) and relievers Amanda Ablan and Avant teamed up for the one-hit shutout against the Runnin' Bulldogs of GW.
"I'm proud of the pitching staff, Harris-Champer added. "They were outstanding all night long, giving up one hit on the day. I don't know what much more we can ask for. Alissa DiCarlo was outstanding tonight at the plate. Picked up five RBIs. I thought Febrey and Morgan as well getting four each, they did a great job of picking up RBIs, and really putting the runs up on the board."
Georgia leaders at the bat included Alyssa DiCarlo (5-7, HR, 5RBI, 2R), Alysen Febrey (4-7, HR, 4RBI, 2B, 2R), and Cortni Emanuel (3-5, 4R). Justice Milz, Ciara Bryan, Jessica Morgan and Kendall Burton all finished with two hits on the day. Burton's two hits were spread out across each game, extending her hit streak to 12 games.
Against the Cougars of CoC, DiCarlo, the three-hole hitter, scorched a two-run first-inning home run over the left-center field fence for the early 2-0 lead. An inning later, Bryan, a sophomore centerfielder, added a solo shot that cleared the right field fence.
A nine-run bottom of the third inning broke the game open for a commanding 12-0 Georgia lead and eventual final score. Similar to the first inning, Emanuel got on base to start the frame and promptly stole second, but this time also third. After Milz drew a walk and stole second, DiCarlo singled in Emanuel. Febrey bounced a double off the left-center field fence to plate Milz. Two batters later, Bryan missed another home run by a mere foot, settling with a two-run triple. Bryan came across for the second time in the game as Burton legged-out a hustle double. Morgan cleared the bases and made it 10-0 when her home run hit the top of the right-field wall and bounced over.
After a Cougar Pitching change, the barrage continued with back-to-back singles and a walk to load the bases. DiCarlo and Febrey notched their second RBIs of the inning with a single and a fielder's choice, respectively, to cap the nine-run frenzy.
In came Mathis and Avant to shut the door in the final two innings, sealing the first Georgia win of the day.
The evening game versus the Runnin' Bulldogs of Gardner Webb featured a tighter game as it remained a two-run margin entering the fourth inning.
To start, Georgia again put across a run in the first inning due to a ball leaving the yard, this time a solo blast by Milz. A Morgan RBI single in the second scored pinch runner Kaylie Harding for the 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, two Bulldogs scored on groundouts, before Milz doubled in Emanuel and then DiCarlo plated pinch runner Karlie Harding on a single for a 6-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs put a staple on the game in the sixth inning, pushing across three runs to enact the run rule. First, Karlie Harding recorded her first career RBI, singling in freshman Tyler Armistead. Two batters later, Febrey hit an opposite field two-run homer landing just inside the left-field foul pole for the walk-off victory.
The 15th Annual Georgia Classic resumes Saturday with four total games. Georgia faces the Cougars again at 3:30 p.m., followed by a game versus ETSU at 6 p.m.