The first outing of Thursday’s softball doubleheader saw Georgia demolish the visiting Seahawks in a run-rule victory. Although UNC-Wilmington managed to avoid quite the same level of embarrassment in the second game of the series, the end result was identical, as the Bulldogs cruised to a 7-0 triumph.
After a leadoff walk in the top of the first inning came to naught, center fielder Megan Wiggins reached on a fielding error with one out away in the bottom of the stanza. A stolen base, a single, and another fielding error brought her home before a third fielding error put first baseman Brianna Hesson aboard. A stolen base and a four-pitch walk loaded the bases for designated player Jennie Auger, whose first-pitch grand slam plated four unearned runs.
One Seahawk was plunked in the visitors’ half of the second canto, but the baserunner did not advance, and Georgia stranded three when catcher Ashley Razey flied out with the bases loaded. A leadoff single did UNC-Wilmington no good in the upper half of the third inning, after which a walk, a passed ball, and a base hit brought home another run in the bottom of the stanza.
A couple of scoreless cantos followed before the Bulldogs added to their edge in the home half of the sixth frame. Third baseman Alisa Goler drew a one-out walk on a payoff pitch, and Hesson brought her the rest of the way around with a double. The Seahawks were retired in sequence on a pop-up, a groundout, and a strikeout in the top of the seventh inning to conclude the contest.
Morgan Montemayor and Katie Murphy divided duties in the circle, collectively conceding one hit, one walk, and no runs while fanning eight. The Bulldogs improved to 30-4 and extended their NCAA-best home winning streak to 35 games by sweeping a doubleheader in which they outscored UNC-Wilmington 18-0. The Seahawks now stand at 0-4 all-time against the Athenians.