Thanks to a Friday night rainout, the Georgia softball team was slated to play an SEC road doubleheader on Saturday. It remains up in the air whether the second game will be finished tonight, which is unfortunate, because the Bulldogs dropped the first outing earlier today.
The opening outing of the scheduled twin bill featured a pitchers’ duel between Athenian Sarah McCloud and Arkansan Kim Jones, the latter of whom went the distance, striking out six of 29 batters while surrendering a lone earned run. McCloud also fanned a half-dozen, but she lasted only four and a third innings, during which she conceded just two hits but also two earned runs.
Neither team was able to break the scoreless deadlock until the bottom of the fifth frame, in which a pair of one-out walks caused Alison Owen to be brought in from the bullpen. She struck out the first Razorback she faced, but a follow-up double gave the Hogs a two-run lead.
Georgia threatened to mount a comeback in the top of the seventh stanza. Third baseman Kristyn Sandberg led off with a single and was replaced on the basepaths by pinch runner Macie Couey. Right fielder Brittney Hubbard and designated player Julia Echols were plunked in consecutive plate appearances to load the bases for second baseman Ashley Pauley, who scored Couey with a sacrifice fly. Center fielder Taylor Schlopy grounded out to move the tying run to third and the go-ahead run to second, but left fielder Megan Wiggins popped up to end the threat and the game.