No. 17 Georgia snags series opener vs. No. 21 Aggies
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The 17th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs defeated No. 21 Texas A&M Friday evening at Davis Diamond Friday evening, 7-5.
Georgia improves to 22-6 on the season and 3-1 in SEC play.
The Bulldogs' offense scattered 15 hits, tying a season high. Dallis Goodnight, Sara Mosley, and Jaiden Fields all had three hits in the game. Sydney Chambley and Fields each homered in the game.
Madison Kerpics pitched three inning her start, allowing four runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits. She fanned five Aggies and walked two. Shelby Walters (10-1) earned the victory out of the pen, pitching the final four innings, allowing an unearned run and three hits. She struck out three and walked one.
Georgia come out of the gate strong putting four runs on the board in the opening frame. Goodnight led off the game with a double to left and advanced to third on a groundout. Following a walk and a strikeout, Sydney Kuma singled through the right side to plate Goodnight and put Georgia on the board 1-0. A hit by pitch loaded the bases with two out. Fields singled to short and two runs came in to score on the play. The next batter Marisa Miller knocked an RBI single through the four hole to make it a 4-0 game in the first.
The Aggies (16-8, 2-2) pushed a run across in the bottom of the second to cut into Georgia's lead 4-1.
Costly errors by the Georgia defense allowed Texas A&M to scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the third, tying the game at 4-all in the contest.
The third Georgia error of the game, this one with two out in the fourth, allowed the Aggies to take a 5-4 lead in the series opener.
Chambley's fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to left, retied the game at 5-5 in the top of the fifth.
Ellie Armistead led off the sixth with a double to left. She was bunted to third by Goodnight then scored easily on a double to left off the bat of Mosley, putting Georgia back in front, 6-5.
Fields blasted a solo home run to right center in the seventh, her third hit of the game, to provide some insurance for the Dogs, 7-5.
The Aggies drew a two-out walk in the seventh but were otherwise shut down by Walters to end the game.
The Bulldogs and Aggies square off in game two of the series Saturday at Davis Diamond. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m., ET, live on SEC Network+.