ATHENS, Ga. - The 14th-seeded Georgia softball team defeated Virginia Tech 8-3 Saturday afternoon, knocking four home runs along the way at Jack Turner Stadium in game three of the NCAA Athens Regional.
The offense scattered seven total hits, five going for extra bases in the contest. Seven different hitters combined for the seven hits with Jayda Kearney, Sara Mosley, Sydney Chamlbey, and Jaydyn Goodwin all leaving the yard on Saturday.
Madison Kerpics (19-6) worked five innings in her start, allowing two runs on four hits. She struck out one and walked one. Shelby Walters pitched two innings out of the pen, surrendering one run on two hits with a strikeout.
Goodwin put the Bulldogs in front in the third, sending the first pitch of the inning over the wall in center, 1-0 Georgia. The shot was her sixth home run of the season.
Virginia Tech's (38-19) Emma Ritter knocked a two-out, two-run home run in the fourth to go ahead 2-1 on Georgia.
The Bulldogs responded with four runs in the home half of the inning. With two on and one out, Sydney Kuma drove in pinch runner Hayley Eaton on a double off the wall in right center to tie the game, 2-2. The next batter, Chambley blasted her second home run of the Regional, a three-run shot, to put Georgia back in front, 5-2, after four innings. The home run tipped the double-digit mark for Chamlbey on the season at 10.
A two-run moon shot over the bleachers in center off the bat of Kearney lengthened Georgia's lead to 7-2 in the fifth. Mosley followed with a solo home run of her own, Georgia's fourth of the game, to bring the Bulldog lead to 8-2.
Virginia Tech got one back in the top of the sixth on an RBI groundout, 8-3.
Walters retired the Hokies in order in the seventh en route to securing the victory for Georgia.
Georgia improves to 41-13 and have earned a spot in Sunday's Regional final in Athens. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. E. Georgia's opponent is TBD.