Nelson Ward delivered a walk-off double in the 11th to give Georgia a 4-3 victory Friday over Binghamton at Foley Field.
Georgia (3-6) trailed 3-1 going to the bottom of the ninth. Ward didn’t reach base until that frame when he scorched a bases-loaded liner over first base to bring Georgia within one run. After the Bulldogs were able to tie it up at 3-3, it remained that way until Ward’s next at bat in the bottom of the 11th.
“We needed a win like this, there was a lot of energy in the dugout in the ninth,” Georgia coach Scott Stricklin said in a release. “It was similar to Wednesday’s game with Georgia State. We pitched well and then in one inning they strike for a few runs and we’re down 3-1 in the ninth. I was glad to see Nelson (Ward) up in that situation, and I know he would put it in play tonight. Ryan Lawlor gave us a great start and Jared Cheek went the final three-plus innings.”
Bearcats’ pitcher Mike Bunal issued a leadoff walk to Conor Welton to begin the 11th, and added another four-pitch walk directly after to freshman Mike Bell. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Ward attempted to lay down a sacrifice bunt twice before hitting the game-winning double to right center to end the game. It was the first extra-inning game played by either club as the Bearcats dropped to 3-5.
The Bulldogs were helped by a strong performance from sophomore pitcher Lawlor, who recorded four strikeouts over six scoreless frames, giving up five hits and a walk.
Cheek (1-2) picked up his first win of the season after pitching 3.1 scoreless innings in relief. He gave up only two hits and notched three strikeouts. Bunal (0-1) picked up his first loss of the season after giving up the walk-off double to Ward in the 11th.
The series continues at Foley Field at 1 p.m. today.
Softball sweeps Day One
of Bulldog Invitational
The No. 17 Georgia softball team completed a sweep of Western Carolina and St. John’s on the opening day of the Bulldog Invitational Saturday at Jack Turner Stadium.
The Bulldogs (14-1) handed Western Carolina a 9-3 loss before defeating St. John’s 8-0 in five innings.
Alex Hugo led the team offensively, going 3-for-6 with two home runs and four RBIs. Geri Ann Glasco also went 3-for-6 and drove in three runs. Paige Wilson picked up three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs. Anna Swafford also had a home run and three RBI.
Glasco and Chelsea Wilkinson each earned wins in the circle. Glasco threw a complete game against Western Carolina to move to 6-0 on the year, and Wilkinson spun a complete game shutout against St. John’s to improve to 8-1.
Georgia plays St. John’s at 12:30 p.m. today before facing UAB at 3 p.m.