ATHENS, Ga. - The ninth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs softball team defeated Buffalo, 14-1, in five innings Thursday evening at Jack Turner Stadium in its home-opener and the first game of the 12th annual Red & Black Showcase.
Georgia's offense finished with 14 runs on 13 hits, fueled by a 3-for-4 performance by Justice Milz, finishing a single shy of hitting through the cycle. Alysen Febrey and Jessica Morgan scattered two hits apiece, while Savana Sikes drove in two runs.
"We have been working hard, we had two good days of practice here and it showed," Associate Head Coach Tony Baldwin said. "The girls have really got a good mindset when they show up to work and they are trying to get better. It was nice to see them carry that into the game today."
Starting in the circle for the second time this year, redshirt-junior Alley Cutting pitched two scoreless innings, striking out four with no hits allowed. Sophomore Lauren Mathis (1-0) pitched the final three innings in relief, recording seven strikeouts, setting a new career-high strikeouts in a game.
"They were a great combo today and they balanced each other very well," Baldwin remarked on the pitching staff. "Both of them are really talented and just trying to grow their game and utilize their repertoire to the best of their ability to keep hitters off balance at the end of the day and they did that well tonight."
Georgia's explosive offensive was on full display in the first inning as the Bulldogs scored 11 runs on 10 hits. The last time Georgia scored 11 runs in one inning was last season against Radford. Highlighting the first inning offensive performance was Milz, recording four RBI, plating one run as a result of a double off the wall followed with a three-run home run.
Milz continued her offensive dominance in the second inning, recording her sixth RBI of the game with a double, setting a new career-high in the RBI category. Georgia led 14-0 after two complete innings.
Cutting and Mathis recorded a no-hitter into the bottom of the top of the fifth inning, giving up Buffalo's first hit with two out in the inning. The Bulls plated their lone run in the fifth, 14-1. Mathis fanned the final out of the game for her seventh.
Georgia returns to action Friday, Feb. 15 at 2:30 p.m. against Winthrop and again at 5 p.m. against Omaha at Jack Turner Stadium.