Kearney and Chambly lead No. 16 Bulldogs past Owls
ATHENS, Ga. - The 16th-ranked Georgia softball team run ruled the Kennesaw State Owls Wednesday evening in five innings at Jack Turner Stadium, 9-0.
Winners of seven-straight games, the Bulldogs improves to 25-6 on the season. The seven-game win streak matches Georgia's longest of the season (Feb. 24-March 3).
Sara Mosley was responsible for two of Georgia's seven hits while Sydney Chambley and Sydney Kuma each drove in three runs Wednesday. Jaiden Fields and Kuma each drew two walks.
Graduate Shelby Walter (12-1) worked four shutout innings in her start, allowing just three hits. She struck out five and walked zero Owls (9-19).
Jayda Kearney's 10th home run of the season gave Georgia a 1-0 lead in the third. Georgia wasn't finished in the inning, putting the next two batters aboard. Chambley blasted a three-run home run to right center, lengthening the lead to 4-0.
A five spot in the fourth widened the lead to nine for Georgia. The scoring began when Dallis Goodnight led off with a single, stole second, and scored on a base hit from Mosely. After a walk, Fields fouled out to right and both runners tagged and advanced. On the play, an errant throw to second allowed Mosely to score, 6-0. With bases loaded, Kuma plugged the right-center gap with a bases-clearing double, bringing the lead to 9-0.
Madison Kerpics entered and pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning to close the game.
Georgia welcomes Mississippi State to Athens for a three-game series this weekend at Jack Turner Stadium beginning Friday. First pitch of the series opener is set for 6:30 p.m. in the Battle of the Bulldogs.
Head coach Tony Baldwin On the team's performance Wednesday... x
"What we just talked about and has been a theme of ours is that consistent teams think consistently. Where you start to get in trouble with these midweeks is when you start to think differently based on the opponent or it's not an SEC game, that's when you don't honor the game the way you're supposed to. I thought tonight we competed well, I thought we were in a good place in terms of how we were thinking, and that controlled our behaviors. Their pitcher was impressive the first time through the order, but I thought we made some good adjustments the second time. I think we finished the game as 13 of 18 at bats were quality at bats. Anytime we're having that kind of discipline in the batter's box, good things can happen and we'll put some runs on them. Proud of all those things. I thought Shelby [Walters] made some good pitches with runners in scoring position and I thought Ellie [Armistead] was outstanding tonight at shortstop. She made some really quality plays, made routine plays, and then made some tough ones. All in all, it was a really great day and we're excited to get back to practice tomorrow."