ATHENS, Ga. - The ninth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs defeated Winthrop and Omaha Friday afternoon at Jack Turner Stadium on day two of the 12th-Annual Red & Black Showcase.
In Georgia's (7-1) first game of the day, the Bulldogs defeated the Winthrop Eagles (4-4) in just five innings by a score of 11-0. Immediately following that game, Georgia faced the Omaha Mavericks (0-7), winning the game 8-3.
The offense was rolling for the Bulldogs in both games, combining for 19 runs on 18 hits in just ten innings of hitting. Justice Milz was one of three Bulldogs to pick up three total hits. She and Alyssa DiCarlo each drove in four runs while freshman Lacey Fincher had three RBI on the day.
"I thought we started off the day really sharp and had a really good approach," associate head coach Tony Baldwin said. "We had a great mindset and really got off and running early. We had the same mindset in the second game and then had a little lull I think, and the pitcher did a good job of changing her speed and location and throwing us off balance a little bit. I'm proud of the way they got it back and put together some good at bats there in the last inning."
The pitching for Georgia was as equally as impressive as the hitting. With four out of five pitchers allowing zero earned runs, the Bulldog pitching staff combined for 12 innings of work, allowing just two earned runs, and striking out 12.
"I think that's today's game now, just running one person out there for a weekend has passed and we've got some depth and some variability. They're all starting to grow their game and taking advantage of their opportunities. It was good to see all of them get out there and do well today."
#9 Georgia 11, Winthrop 0 (5 inn.)
With a balanced offensive performance, Georgia turned 13 hits into 11 runs in just four innings of hitting. Every hitter in the lineup reached base in this game, but Milz led the way with two hits including a homerun and four RBI.
While the offense was clicking, the pitching was rolling smoothly as well. Mary Wilson Avant (1-0) got the start in the circle, finishing with three scoreless innings and allowing only two hits. Amanda Ablan came on in relief in the fourth inning, posting two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, and recording three strikeouts.
After escaping an early jam in the top of the first inning, the Bulldog offense plated two runs to open up an early 2-0 lead. Thanks to back-to-back homeruns by Milz and DiCarlo in the second inning, Georgia extended its lead to 6-0.
With a 9-0 lead behind her, Ablan struck out two batters to escape the fourth inning with zero runs allowed. The Bulldogs continued to pile on the runs in the bottom of the fourth inning as they added another two runs towiden the lead to 11-0.
Winthrop went down in order in the fifth, clinching Georgia's shutout victory over the Eagles.
#9 Georgia 8, Omaha 3
Despite slowing down in the middle of the game, Georgia's offense was still able to produce eight runs on five hits in the final tilt of the day. The middle of the lineup was responsible for most of the runs as both DiCarlo and Fincher had three RBI.
After Madison McPherson allowed two runs in the first two innings, Alley Cutting (1-0) and Lauren Mathis delivered in relief as they combined to pitch the final four innings, only allowing one unearned run.
Omaha jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but a Fincher two-run home run knotted the game at 2-2 in the bottom half of the frame.
After a scoreless top half to the second inning, Georgia plated four runs, three of which came from bases-loaded walks. With runners on second and third and no out in the top of the third inning, Cutting entered the game in relief and proceeded to escape the jam with three-straight outs to keep the score at 6-2.
The bottom of the third was the first scoreless inning for the Georgia offense Friday. Cutting continued her great pitching with a 1-2-3 inning in the fourth and a scoreless inning in the fifth.
With the score steady 6-2 in the top of the sixth inning, Omaha rallied to score one run before leaving three runners stranded. In the bottom of the sixth, Georgia quickly tacked on two runs with a DiCarlo double off of the wall, 8-3.
Mathis stepped into the circle to relieve Cutter with an 8-3 lead in the top of the seventh and pitched a 1-2-3 inning to secure the victory over the Mavericks.