UGA softball suffers loss to Washington

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. — The No. 13 Georgia softball team dropped a 14-2 decision to the No. 23 Washington Huskies on the final day of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Challenge on Saturday.

Washington put four runs on the board in the top of the first. The Huskies racked up four hits and took advantage of two Georgia miscues to plate the runs and make it a 4-0 game.

The Georgia (7-6) offense was quiet through the first two innings, but got two runs back in the bottom of the third. Katie Browne led things off when she reached on a fielding error by the Washington third baseman. A pair of fielder’s choices kept a runner at first for Tess Sito, who drove a pitch to the left field corner for a RBI-double that made it a 1-0 game. A single by Samantha LaZear and a Washington error allowed Sito to plate Georgia’s second run of the inning and cut the lead to 4-2.

Washington made it a 9-2 game in the top of the sixth, scoring five runs on three hits and two walks. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases for Jennie McNeill, who singled to shallow left for the first run of the inning. With the bases loaded, Kaitlin Inglesby homered to left center for a grand slam that made it a 9-2 game.

The Huskies added five runs on five hits and two errors in the top of the seventh to make it a 14-2 game.

It was the first time since 2007 that Georgia has lost a game by more than 10 runs.

Morgan Montemayor suffered the loss to fall to 3-4 on the year. She allowed 14 runs, seven of which were earned, on 13 hits and four walks. She also recorded four strikeouts

Georgia returns home to host the Bulldog Invitational on March 1.

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