ATHENS, Ga. - The ninth-ranked Georgia Bulldog softball team capped play at the 16th annual Georgia Softball Classic with another shutout win, 3-0, over Belmont on Sunday at Jack Turner Stadium.
Redshirt-junior Alley Cutting highlighted Georgia's final game of the weekend in the circle, recording her first complete game as a Bulldog. She recorded five strikeouts, only allowed two hits and had a stretch of 11-straight batters retired in her seven innings pitched. Cutting led Georgia (14-1) to its eighth shutout of the season.
Freshman Savana Sikes continued her impressive offensive performance, recording her second home run of the tournament with a solo shot down the right field line. Junior Alysen Febrey drove in another Georgia run, upping her tournament RBI total to four. Juniors Ciara Bryan and Jordan Doggett each recorded a single to right field. In total, the Bulldogs plated three runs off three hits.
"Here we are, we finished another week and I think we're closer as a team," said Associate Head Coach Tony Baldwin. "I think we are more prepared for future situations. This weekend I think our pitching really carried the show. I thought all of them came in there and threw very well."
After a slow start and a tie-game in the bottom of the third inning, Bryan recorded Georgia's first hit on the day. Lacey Fincher drew a walk with the bases loaded, driving in the Bulldogs' first run. Up next, Febrey hit a sac-fly to center, scoring Sikes and upping Georgia's lead, 2-0, heading into the fourth.
Sikes scored Georgia's final run of the game, extending its lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth with her solo home run. Sikes finished with eight RBI for the tournament.
Belmont singled in the top of the sixth but was unable to score. Doggett reached base on a single in the bottom of the sixth, but was left stranded heading into the last inning. A three-up, three-down inning in the field for Georgia clinched the victory in the seventh inning, 3-0.
The Bulldogs will play host to Presbyterian Wednesday, Feb 27, at Jack Turner Stadium at 6 p.m. Georgia continues its series of home tournaments next weekend, Friday, Mar. 1, at 6 p.m. against Virginia Tech in the Bulldog Classic at Jack Turner Stadium.