UGA roundup: Wilkinson shuts down Gators as Bulldogs advance to SEC semifinals

COLUMBIA, S.C. | Chelsea Wilkinson threw a complete-game shutout as the fifth-seeded Georgia softball team handed the fourth-seeded Florida Gators a 2-0 loss in the quarterfinal round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.

The win was Georgia’s fifth win over a top-10 opponent in the last six games.

Wilkinson was lights out as she was perfect through four innings and gave up just two hits and struck out nine in her 22nd complete game performance of the season. She is now 27-7 on the year.

Florida used three pitchers in the game. Lauren Haeger got the start and suffered the loss to fall to 9-2 on the year. She allowed two runs, one of which was earned, on three hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings of work. The Gators turned to ace Hannah Rogers, who threw 1 2/3 innings for the Gators and allowed just one hit. Delanie Gourley allowed just one hit in the final inning of the game.

Geri Ann Glasco delivered the game-winning hit with a two-run single in the fifth. She and Paige Wilson combined for four of Georgia’s five hits, while Katie Browne had Georgia’s fifth hit of the game.

Georgia (43-12) faces the winner of the Alabama and Auburn game Friday.

Women’s golf opens NCAA East Regional with a 298

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | Paced by an even-par 72 from freshman Harang Lee, the Georgia women’s golf team posted a 10-over 298 in Thursday’s opening round of the NCAA East Regional at the SouthWood Golf Club. The Bulldogs are in 20th place, nine shots off the cut line to advance to the NCAA championships with 36 holes to play.

The Bulldogs teed off from No. 10 and played the back side of the SouthWood layout first on Thursday. As a team, Georgia turned a 6-over but then played its next six holes a 3-under. The Bulldogs dropped seven strokes en route to the club house, however, and slipped from 11th to 20th in the process.

Georgia also counted a 74 from Rocio Sanchez Lobato, a 75 by Sammi Lee and a 77 from Manuela Carbajo Ré while dropping Amira Alexander’s 79.

Harang Lee notched a quartet of pars before a string of bogeys at No. 14, No. 16 and No. 17 pushed her to 3-over through nine holes. She immediately gained a stroke back with a birdie at No. 1 and climbed back to even with birdies at No. 4 and No. 6 before finishing her loop with a trio of pars.

The five Bulldogs combined to make 16 birdies.

The team leaderboard is tightly packed, with just 10 shots separating sixth and 21st places.

No. 12 Vanderbilt and Tulane’s Emily Pentilla fired course records to grab the team and individual leads, respectively. The Commodores’ 11-under 277 put them three shots ahead of Tulane. Pentilla blistered the layout with a 7-under 65, a shot better than Sanchez Lobato carded in the opening round of last year’s FSU Match-Up Tournament. Individually, 45 golfers shot par or better on Thursday.

For Georgia, Harang Lee is tied for 28th, Sanchez Lobato is tied for 60th, Sammi Lee is tied for 70th, Carbajo Ré is tied for 99th and Alexander is tied for 114th.

The Bulldogs will again be paired with Campbell and East Carolina for Friday’s second round. After playing in the afternoon on Monday, the Bulldogs, Camels and Pirates will tee off beginning at 7:45 from No. 1 on Friday. Saturday’s final-round tee times will be determined by the team standings through 36 holes.

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