ATHENS, Ga. - No. 8 Georgia softball concluded play at the 10th-annual Bulldog Classic Sunday with a 10-2 win in five innings over UAB.
Freshman Lacey Fincher notched a season-high four RBI and recorded her first multi-home run game. Ciara Bryan went 2-for-4 at the plate and five Bulldogs drove in runs to beat the Blazers (8-12).
"I think Lacey did a really good job of having Alyssa [DiCarlo]'s back," associate head coach Tony Baldwin said. "Alyssa took her walks so that just passes the bat back to Lacey. She is a gifted player and it was great to see her do her thing today."
Junior Alley Cutting tallied her sixth win of the season and remains undefeated in the circle. Cutting pitched four of the five innings allowing only one hit in her start. Cutting turned it over to redshirt-sophomore Madison McPherson to pitch the fifth.
"This is our fourth weekend now and we are just trying to be better today than we were at this point last Sunday, and I think we are. The competition that we played, Virginia Tech, is a very good team and they brought good pitching and good hitting into the series. We are better today because of it. I think we have learned to find a little bit of backbone and upped our competitive mindset. This team continues to grow, we are a work in progress, but I am excited about where we are today and look forward to another good week of getting better."
Fincher put the Bulldogs on the board early with a two-run home run into the trees in right center during the bottom half of the first inning. Immediately following the home run, Alysen Febrey drew a walk, stolen second, and advanced to third on an errant throw down to second. She came in to score on a base hit poked through the left side by Savana Sikes, widening the first-inning lead to 3-0.
The Bulldogs added to the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. With two on and one out, Bryan drove in Tyler Armistead with a single up the middle. Following a walk to DiCarlo to load the bases, Fincher grounded out to third, plating Jordan Doggett on the play and lengthening the lead to 5-0 on the Blazers.
UAB touched home in the top of the fourth, 7-1. The Bulldogs responded in the bottom of the inning on Fincher's second home run of the game, this time to left center, widening the lead back to seven runs, 8-1.
Georgia finished off the game in the fifth reacting to a run from UAB that narrowed their lead to only six runs. Armistead drew a walk, followed by Doggett reaching on an error and Landrum bunted her way on to load the bases. Bryan hit a ball directly in front of the plate that the pitcher picked up and threw wildly, allowing two runs to score and the Dawgs to record the victory in five innings, 10-2.
The Bulldogs travel to Atlanta on Wednesday, March 6 to face in-state foe Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. They will return to Jack Turner stadium on Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. to open play of the UGA Classic.