UGA roundup: Softball picks up win over Winthrop

The No. 8 Georgia softball team handed the Winthrop Eagles a 5-3 loss on Sunday, the final day of the Red and Black Showcase at Jack Turner Stadium.

The Bulldogs finished with six hits, including a pair of doubles by Kaylee Puailoa and Geri Ann Glasco.

Glasco earned the win to move to 2-0 on the year with her second complete game performance. Glasco allowed three runs on five hits and struck out eight for the win. Sutton Watson suffered the loss for the Eagles, giving up five runs, two of which were earned, on six hits. She also struck out two batters.

Puailoa recorded Georgia’s first hit of the day with a double deep to left center. She came around to score on a RBI-single to left center to give Georgia a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second.

The Bulldogs (3-2) tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the third. Samantha LaZear laid down a bunt single, stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt to put a runner at third for Paige Wilson. A Winthrop error put Wilson at first and scored LaZear to make it a 2-0 game. Wilson crossed the plate on a double off the bat of Glasco, extending the Bulldog lead to 3-0.

Puailoa singled to right field to lead off the Georgia fourth. A pair of sac bunts moved Tiesha Reed, who came on to run for Puailoa, to third with two outs. Reed made it a 4-0 game when she scored on a passed ball.

Winthrop got on the board in the top of sixth on a three-run homerun by Kathryn Eberlin. McKenzi Corn led off with a double down the left field line that was followed by a walk to Chelsey Schoenfeldt. Eberlin followed with a homerun off the scoreboard in left field that made it a 4-3 game. Glasco settled in to retire next three batters, including a pair of strikeouts.

Wilson led off the bottom of the sixth with a triple off the wall in left center. With one away, Puailoa drove in Wilson on a sacrifice fly to left that allowed Georgia to extend its lead to 5-3.

Women’s tennis falls short against No. 2 UCLA

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—The fourth-seeded Georgia women’s tennis team fell 4-1 to top-seeded UCLA in the semifinals of ITA National Team Indoors Sunday afternoon in Charlottesville, Va.

Georgia (5-1) lost a tight doubles point, and couldn’t hold off the Bruins (6-0) in singles. Freshman Silvia Garcia scored for Georgia with a singles win.

“I saw a lot of fight from the team which I’m really excited about,” said head coach Jeff Wallace. “This weekend we came together and made great strides as a team. I really like where we are at this point in the season. UCLA played a fantastic match today against so you have to give them a great deal of credit.”

In doubles, Kate Fuller and Silvia Garcia were first off the court after beating 16th-ranked Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton of UCLA, 8-5. Fuller and Garcia improve to 7-0 this season, including 3-0 versus ranked opponents. Georgia’s 22nd ranked tandem of Lilly Kimbell and Maho Kowase fell to the Bruins’ Courtney Dolehide and Pamela Montez, 8-5. With the doubles point hanging in the balance, Lauren Herring and Mia King saved three match points in the tiebreaker, but ultiamtely fell to UCLA’s Kyle McPhillips and Catherine Harrison, 8-7 (8-6).

In singles, UCLA’s Catherine Harrison battled back from a 4-1 first set deficit to beat Georgia’s King, 6-4, 6-0. Shortly after, Georgia freshman Makenzie Craft lost to UCLA’s Dolehide, 6-3, 6-0. Georgia’s Garcia gave Georgia its lone point with a 6-1, 6-4 win over UCLA’s Chanelle Van Nguyen. Garcia improves to 7-1 on the year. The Bruins’ clinched their spot in the finals when Pamela Montez, ranked 96th in the country, beat Georgia’s 54th-ranked Fuller, 6-4, 6-3. The loss is only Fuller’s fourth of the year.

Kowase and Herring were both in third sets when their matches were halted.

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