Despite ending the regular season with a thud, the Georgia softball team opened the postseason with a bang, entering the SEC Tournament as the No. 5 seed yet upsetting red-hot and fourth-seeded Louisiana State in a truncated outing in which the mercy rule was invoked.
Left fielder Megan Wiggins led off the top of the first frame with a single, and center fielder Taylor Schlopy followed that up by drawing a base on balls on four pitches. A single by third baseman Alisa Goler scored one, then a groundout by catcher Ashley Razey scored the other, giving Georgia an early 2-0 lead.
That advantage remained unchanged when the Bulldogs loaded the bases on two singles and a walk in the upper half of the fourth frame, but second baseman Ashley Pauly brought two home with the base hit that forced the Tigers’ starter from the circle. Wiggins gave the new hurler a rude welcome with a first-pitch triple to plate two more, then Schlopy brought her the rest of the way around with a sharply hit single down the left field line.
Goler made contact in the ensuing plate appearance, advancing as far as third on the Louisiana State error that allowed an unearned run to cross home plate, and the barrage continued when Razey brought home the final run of the inning to make the score 9-0. That ended up being the final margin, as the Red and Black claimed a five-inning run-rule victory.
Morgan Montemayor pitched a complete game, fanning four and conceding two hits without allowing either a walk or a run. At 5:30 Eastern tomorrow afternoon, Georgia will face the winner of tonight’s Alabama-Mississippi State game.