ATLANTA - The eight-ranked Georgia softball team defeated Georgia Tech in six innings Wednesday evening at Mewborn Field, 16-4.
A quartet of Bulldogs recorded two-hit games Wednesday. Jordan Doggett recorded her second multi-double game of her career while tying a career-best three RBI. Justice Milz finished 2-for-4 with a grand slam. Alyssa DiCarlo (2 RBI) and Ciara Bryan (1 RBI) each finished with two hits as well. While freshman Savana Sikes had two RBI on one hit against Tech.
Alley Cutting (7-0) worked her third complete game in the circle, allowing all four runs on six hits with three strikeouts.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a hefty lead on the Yellow Jackets by pushing seven runs across the plate in the top of the first inning. Georgia loaded the bases with the first three batters of the game. Lacey Fincher popped one up to shallow right that dropped between three fielders for a hit, driving in Bryan and going ahead 1-0. Alysen Febrey immediately followed by drawing a bases-loaded walk to drive in the second run. An error by the pitcher off the bat of Mahlena O'Neal allowed Georgia to plate DiCarlo and keep the bases juiced. On the first pitch of her at bat, Sikes hit a single down the right field line to score two more. O'Neal came in to score on a groundout to second by Doggett. With two down in the inning, Bryan's second hit of the frame drove in Sikes from second and lengthened the early lead to 7-0.
Georgia Tech broke up the shutout in the bottom of the second inning with four runs. A pair of leadoff walks led to trouble for the Bulldogs as runs came in to score on an RBI fielder's choice and back-to-back two-out doubles, slicing the Georgia lead to 7-4.
With two out in the top of the fourth, O'Neal reached on an error by the shortstop followed by a walk to Sikes. Doggett's second double of the game drove in both runs when she plugged the left-center gap, widening the lead to 9-4.
DiCarlo's 10thhome run of the season was a two-run shot to right field in the top of the fifth, extending the Georgia lead back to seven, 11-4. It was also DiCarlo's 55thhome run of her career, moving into a tie for third all-time with Tina Iosefa (2013-16).
Georgia drew three-straight one-out walks in the top of the sixth. Milz made the most of the situation, hitting her fourth home run of the season for a grand slam, bringing the lead to 11, 15-4.
With DiCarlo on base and two out in the top of the sixth, Tyler Armistead hit her first career double to right field. On the play, DiCarlo was called safe at the plate on an obscuration call, making the lead a dozen, 16-4.
Cutting earned a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the sixth to close the game.
Georgia returns to Jack Turner Stadium this weekend to host the UGA Classic. The Bulldogs open tournament play Friday evening against Bowling Green at 6 p.m.