After beating the Gators on Friday and beating the Gators again on Saturday, the third-ranked Georgia softball team completed the sweep of second-ranked Florida on Sunday, carding a 5-1 win over the Gators in Gainesville.
The Bulldogs wasted no time in taking the lead. Center fielder Taylor Schlopy led off the top of the first inning with a single, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout by third baseman Alisa Goler, and scored on a base hit by right fielder Brianna Hesson. The Red and Black added to their advantage in the visitors’ half of the fourth frame when first baseman Kristyn Sandberg singled up the middle to advance the baserunner on first and designated player Brittney Hubbard doubled to bring them both home.
The Athenians upped their edge to 5-0 in the fifth canto, starting with a leadoff single by second baseman Ashley Pauly and concluding with Goler’s ensuing two-run shot to right field. The visitors were led at the plate by Goler (2 for 4, 2 RBI, 1 HR), Hesson (2 for 3, 1 RBI), and Hubbard (1 for 3, 2 RIWWB). All five Georgia runs were scored with two outs away in the inning.
Meanwhile, Morgan Montemayor spent the entire outing in the circle, notching twice as many strikeouts (6) as she conceded hits (3) in the course of holding the Gators to a lone earned run. The Sunshine State Saurians’ sole score came in the bottom of the fifth stanza on a leadoff home run by cleanup hitter Megan Bush. Montemayor fanned the next three batters she faced, allowing only one more hit the rest of the way.
In the course of a three-game SEC road sweep over the No. 2 team in the nation, the Bulldogs committed no errors, out-hit the Gators 30-22, and outscored their hosts 28-13. Sunday’s result dropped Florida to 30-4 overall and 7-3 in conference play while allowing the Classic City Canines to improve to 8-3 in league action and 27-4 against all opposition. While last weekend’s sweep left no doubt that the Alabama Crimson Tide field the best college softball team in the nation, this weekend’s sweep likewise left no doubt that the Red and Black are serious contenders not only to make it to the Women’s College World Series, but also to win it.