In a Saturday outing in which neither team committed an error, the Georgia softball team cruised to its eighth straight victory in a win over visiting UT-Martin. Alison Owen emerged triumphant from the circle after six innings in which she struck out nine and conceded just four hits and only one earned run.
The Bulldogs took an early lead in the bottom of the first frame. Center fielder Taylor Schlopy drew a leadoff walk, stole second base, and came home on a double by left fielder Megan Wiggins. A wild pitch advanced the remaining baserunner, who crossed home plate on a single by third baseman Alisa Goler. That still left one aboard, and the runner advanced from station to station on a stolen base and a pair of groundouts, staking the Athenians to a 3-0 lead.
The Red and Black doubled that advantage in the third stanza. A leadoff home run by Schlopy added one run. A single by Goler and a triple by first baseman Brianna Hesson tacked on another. An RBI groundout by catcher Kristyn Sandberg closed out Georgia’s scoring for the afternoon.
By the time the sixth canto began, only one Skyhawk had made it past first base. On the first three pitches in the top of the inning, however, UT-Martin collected, in succession, a leadoff single, a baserunner-advancing sacrifice bunt, and the base hit that put a Skyhawk on third for the first time all afternoon. A groundout in the ensuing at-bat ended the shutout.
The seventh inning passed without incident, consisting strictly of a pop-up, a strikeout, and a groundout to conclude the contest. Georgia turned eight hits into six runs in as many frames, while the visitors were held to half as many hits and five fewer runs as the Bulldogs made the season’s 31st victory look easy.