ATHENS, Ga. – The second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs won the Eighth-Annual Georgia Softball Classic on Sunday by defeating North Carolina State, 13-4, in five innings at Jack Tuner Stadium.
Georgia went 5-0 in the home tournament winning all five of its contests by run-rule to improve to 10-0 on the year. The Bulldogs have now won 43-straight home tournament games.
N.C. State (6-4) finished second in the tournament by going 4-1. Buffalo, Marshall and North Dakota State all finished with 2-3 marks in the Classic while Winthrop went 0-5.
Over the course of the tournament, Georgia outscored its opponents 61-10 batting .457 with 10 home runs and eight doubles. In 25.0 innings of work, the Bulldog pitching staff allowed just six earned runs on 18 hits and six walks while striking out 26.
In Sunday's Classic championship game between Georgia and N.C. State, the Bulldogs plated 13 runs on 12 hits highlighted by an eight-run second inning that erased a one-run Wolfpack lead.
In the first inning, the two teams swapped home runs. N.C. State's Alyssa Allbritten driving in the game's first run on a two-out, solo home run that hooked inside the left field foul pole to make it 1-0, but Georgia's Brianna Hesson answer with a three-run home run over the scoreboard in left.
The Wolfpack answered back in the top of the second with three more runs of their own, all unearned, to regain a one-run lead at 4-3. With an error allowing the inning to still be alive, Chelsea Tate and Alyssa Ishibashi provided an RBI single and two-double, respectively.
However, the Bulldogs had the bigger bite in the bottom of the second sending 13 batters to the plate to table eight runs on eight hits and take a commanding 11-4 lead. The first three batters to the plate in the frame loaded the bases for senior Taylor Schlopy, who went opposite field to right center for her first-career grand slam. From there, the Bulldogs went on to reload the bases a second time setting up an RBI single from junior Ashley Razey and an RBI groundout from freshman Julia Echols. Then, once again, the bases became full of Bulldogs for senior pinch hitter Jennie Auger (2-for-2, career-high 4 RBI), who capped the inning with a two-run single to center.
In the fourth, Auger completed the scoring in the contest with a two-out, two-run home run to left. Junior Brittney Hubbard was aboard for the long ball after drawing a walk.