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The third-ranked Bulldogs prevailed in a lackluster effort on Wednesday evening, claiming their 40th win of the season in a game in which they notched only half as many hits as their opponent. Nevertheless, the Georgia softball team defeated Georgia Southern, 4-1.
GSU got on the board initially, plating an unearned run in the top of the first frame on a walk, a throwing error, and an RBI single. That 1-0 lead stood up until the bottom of the third canto, in which right fielder Brittney Hubbard led off with a single, stole second, took third when shortstop Laura Trout struck out yet reached on a wild pitch, and scored on a single down the right field line by third baseman Alisa Goler. Because Trout had swiped second by that point, as well, the base hit plated two.
The home team extended its lead in the sixth stanza. Left fielder Megan Wiggins and center fielder Taylor Schlopy each drew bases on balls before stealing second. Though Wiggins later would be thrown out at home, designated player Julia Echols sent a first-pitch single up the middle to score Schlopy, and an unearned run came across on an Eagle error.
Though three hits in the visitors’ half of the ninth inning made matters a little hairy, Georgia escaped with the victory, and Alison Owen was credited with the win after spending four frames in the circle without surrendering an earned run.