ATHENS, Ga. - The ninth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs softball team combined for 27 runs on offense while recording two shutouts Saturday to end play of the 12thAnnual Red & Black Showcase at Jack Turner Stadium.
The day started with an 11-0 victory over Winthrop (5-4). The Bulldogs' pitching staff no-hit the Eagles in the matchup for the 43rd no-hitter in program history. Georgia (9-1) concluded its play at the home-opening tournament with a 16-0 rout of Omaha (0-8). Both games ended in five innings.
At the plate, Alyssa DiCarlo hit three home runs, drove in seven, and scored seven times. Freshman Savana Sikes recorded four RBI on Saturday while fellow freshman CJ Landrum had three including an inside-the-park home run. In all, Georgia had 12 extra-base hits Saturday.
#9 Georgia 11, Winthrop 0 (5 inn.)
The Eagles had no answer to the Georgia pitching on Saturday. Kylie Bass (2-0) and Alley Cutting combined for the 43rd no-hitter in program history. Bass pitched three innings, recording six strikeouts, while Cutting appeared in relief for two innings, adding a trio of strikeouts.
The Bulldog offense continued its impressive start to the season with another 11 runs off 10 hits in just four innings of hitting. DiCarlo led the way for Georgia with two, two-run home runs. DiCarlo was one of three Bulldogs including Justice MIlz and Ciara Bryan to record two hits each.
Following a quick 1-2-3 first inning by Bass, the Georgia offense started its afternoon by batting through the order and scoring five runs. The frame was highlighted by a two-RBI single off the bat of Bryan to widen the early lead to 3-0. Two of Georgia's first-inning runs scored via wild pitch.
With a 5-0 cushion, Bass continued her early dominance in the circle with another 1-2-3 inning in the second. In the bottom of the inning, the Bulldogs added another two runs from a DiCarlo home run to extend the lead, 7-0.
The third inning saw more of the same from Bass, striking out the side. A Justice Milz two-RBI double and DiCarlo's second two-run home run powered the Georgia offense to four runs in the bottom half of the frame to bring the margin to 11-0.
Cutting entered the game in relief of Bass in the fourth inning and proceeded to throw two scoreless innings, with no hits allowed, clinching the 11-0 victory in five innings.
#9 Georgia 16, Omaha 0 (5 inn.)
DiCarlo added three hits including two doubles and a home run while pushing three runs across the plate in the second tilt of the day. Landrum and Sikes each had three RBI while Jordan Doggett had two RBI and three runs scored in a 2-for-3 performance.
In the circle, Lauren Mathis (2-0) earned the win, pitching three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out three. Amanda Ablan secured the shutout, pitching the final two innings, fanning three hitters.
Georgia put up an eight spot in the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead on the Mavericks. A double down the left field line by DiCarlo plated the first run. A two-out, two-RBI double by Doggett widened the lead to 5-0.
The first inning was punctuated by a three-run, inside-the-park home run that plugged the right-center gap off the bat of Landrum, lengthening the lead to 8-0. It was the first inside-the-park home run by a Georgia player since Anna Swafford did it against Wright State on Mar. 4, 2015.
DiCarlo's third home run of the day came on the first pitch of the second inning, sent over the wall in right center, 9-0 Georgia.
A two-out RBI double by DiCarlo drove in Doggett in the bottom of the third. DiCarlo immediately scored on a single to left by Lacey Fincher, opening the lead to 11-0 after three complete innings. A two-run home run off the video board in left by Sikes added to the lead in the bottom of the fourth. A couple batters later, pinch hitter Tyler Armistead drove in Doggett with a single to left, 14-0 Bulldogs. A two-out error by the Mavericks allowed two more runs to score in the fourth, 16-0 Georgia.
The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Georgia State. The Bulldogs and Panthers are set to begin at 5 p.m. in Atlanta.