OXFORD, Miss. - No. 8 Georgia used a seven-run fourth inning to claim a 9-0 five-inning win over the No. 21 LSU softball team in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament Thursday hosted by Ole Miss.
In the process, LSU (38-16) had its 12-game winning streak come to a close and were handed only its fourth setback since March 19. The Tigers will await an at-large berth into the NCAA Field of 64 Sunday at 9 p.m. as ESPN U will air the NCAA Selection Show.
“I’m glad that we don’t have to play Georgia again this year,” head coach Yvette Girouard said. “We didn’t show up in any facet today. Georgia has made us look really bad four times this season. We’ve been in finals week and haven’t been able to practice, not that I’m using that as an excuse. We just have to forget this and move on.”
The Bulldogs (46-11) platted a pair of wins during the first inning. Megan Wiggins and Taylor Schlopy set the table with a single and a walk. On a 2-2 offering, Alisa Goler smacked a RBI single through the right side before Ashley Razey added a RBI on a ground out to make it 2-0.
Georgia raced its way to seven runs in the fourth inning highlighted by a two-run Ashley Pauley single and a two-run Wiggins triple. Schlopy and Razey tacked on RBIs, and the Bulldogs took advantage of a Juliana Santos throwing error for the final margin of 9-0.
Brittany Mack was dealt the loss and dropped to 18-6 on the season. She allowed six runs on six hits in addition to three walks and a pair of strikeouts.
The Bulldogs received a two-hit shutout from Morgan Montemayor. She went tallied four strikeouts and moved to 22-3.
“Mack wasn’t sharp today and she has to be able to keep hitters off balance for her to be effective,” Girouard said. “When she couldn’t find the strike zone in the first inning, I thought we might be in trouble.”
All of LSU's postseason games will have live audio and live stats in the Geaux Zone on LSUsports.net. The contests also will be carried on ESPN 104.5 FM in Baton Rouge with Patrick Wright and Matt Dunaway calling the action.