Softball splits pair of games at Bulldog Invitational

The No. 23/24 Georgia softball team split a pair of decisions Saturday on the second day of the Fifth Annual Bulldog Invitational at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens. Georgia picked up a 9-1 win over Indiana State in the first game of the day before falling 3-0 to North Dakota State.

In the first game, Georgia (10-7) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Paige Wilson flew out to right field to score Anna Swafford, who reached on a singled to short.

The Bulldogs tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third and  extended its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth on a Geri Ann Glasco double.

The Sycamores got a run back in the top of the fifth, on a RBI-single by Shelby Wilson that scored Alexa Cavin, who reached on a fielder’s choice. The single was the first hit allowed by Glasco.

In the second game, North Dakota State took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run home run by Amanda Grable.

Georgia’s first base runner of the game came in the bottom of the third when Olney reached on a two-base fielding error by NDSU. Trying to move to third on a passed ball, Olney was thrown out, ending the scoring chance for the Bulldogs.

The Bison extended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the sixth after Alex Sobrero led off with a double to the left field corner. Sobrero scored on a RBI-single by Maritza Lopez-Portillo two batters later.

The Bulldogs return to action today when it hosts a double-header against the Radford Highlanders. The first game is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m., with the second game to follow approximately 20 minutes after the conclusion of game one.

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