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    Wednesday Baseball RESULTS
    Georgia 8, Mercer 0
    Georgia 7, Mercer 5
    LSU 11, Penn State 3
    Penn State 6, LSU 5


    No. 19/17 Georgia Grabs Doubleheader Sweep of Mercer
    ATHENS, Ga. - The No. 19/17 Georgia softball team picked up a pair of wins over the Mercer Bears on Monday, Feb. 17 at Jack Turner Stadium in Athens, Ga. The Bulldogs took the first game 8-0 in five innings before earning a 7-5 victory in the second game of the day.  
    With the wins, the Bulldogs move to 9-0 on the year. Chelsea Wilkinson collected a win with a complete game no-hitter in game one of the doubleheader. She then recorded save in Georgia's second game as she closed out the win for Geri Ann Glasco. 
    Glasco led all hitters on the day as she went 3-for-5 with a home run, an RBI and a run scored. Paige Wilson went 4-for-7 with two triples, four RBI and one run scored. 
    Game 1: Georgia 8, Mercer 0 (5 Innings) 
    Georgia got off to a hot start, as it was able to put up a five run first inning and never looked back as Wilkinson mesmerized the Bears from the circle.
    Wilkinson was brilliant as she tossed a no-hitter that saw her strike out nine Bears while walking just two, as she improved to 6-0 on the year. It was also Wilkinson's second career complete game no-no.
    Mercer's Julia Rice suffered the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. She last just a third of an inning, giving up five earned runs on four hits and a walk. Rachel Hugghins threw the final 4.1 innings for the Bears, allowing three runs on nine hits.
    Maeve McGuire sparked Georgia offensively as she went 2-for-3 with one home run and three RBI.  Anna Swafford, Katie Browne and Glasco each picked up their first home runs of the season. It was Georgia's first four-home run game of the year. Wilson also came through for Georgia, hitting a pair of triples, including one that scored the winning run.
    Wilkinson set the tone early as she retired the side in the first inning including a strikeout of the first batter of the game.
    In the bottom of the first inning Georgia caught fire, as Swafford hammered a ball to right for her first long ball of the season. Glasco followed with round tripper of her own, to double the Bulldogs lead to 2-0. It was the first time the Bulldogs have hit back-to-back homers this season.
    A walk to Alex Hugo and a Kaylee Puailoa single set up another first of the year. as McGuire went deep for the first time as a Georgia Bulldog. The three-run shot extended Georgia's lead to 5-0.
    Georgia did more one out damage in the third as Browne recorded her first home run of the year, giving the Bulldogs a 6-0 lead. After seeing two hard hit balls turned into outs in her first two at bats, Wilson found a hole in right for a triple that scored Samantha LaZear and gave Georgia a 7-0 lead.
    Wilkinson continued her brilliance from the circle, as she struck out the side in the fourth, coming back from a 3-0 count on the final batter.
    Georgia secured the victory as LaZear and Wilson repeated their earlier trick, as Wilson drilled the ball to right field for a game-winning RBI-triple that sealed Georgia's 8-0 win in the fifth inning. 
    Game 2: Georgia 7, Mercer 5 
    The Bulldogs completed the sweep of Mercer with a 7-5 victory over the Bears in nightcap.
    Wilson led the offensive attack, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and one run. 
    Glasco put together a solid outing from the circle as she went 5.1 innings, giving up five runs with only two of those runs being earned. She also struck out five and walked one as she moved to 3-0 on the year. Wilkinson came on in relief of Glasco in the top of the sixth and dazzled again, collecting the save and striking out four of the six batters she faced. 
    Georgia took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Wilson led off with a double to right center and moved to third on an illegal pitch. A pair of walks loaded the bases for Georgia before a second illegal pitch allowed Wilson to score from third and the other runners to advance. Puailoa drew a walk to reload the bases before an illegal pitch scored pinch runner Adele Harrison and gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
    The Bears tied the game in the top of the second when they took advantage of a pair of Georgia errors. A walk and a single put runners on for Mercer before a fielding error by the Bulldogs plated the two runs, knotting the score at 2-2.
    Georgia reclaimed the lead the bottom of the second. A pair of walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for the Bulldogs. With the bases loaded, LaZear came home on a passed ball that gave Georgia a 3-2 advantage.
    The bats were quiet over the next 2 ½ innings, until Georgia put up four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 7-2 lead. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Tina Iosefa, who was hit by a pitch, allowing the first Georgia run of the inning to score. An RBI groundout by Kaylee Williams drove in the second run that made it a 5-2 game. With runners at second and third, Wilson laced a single through the right side that put the Bulldogs up 7-2.
    Mercer did not go quietly as they were able to push three runs across in the sixth to cut the lead to 7-5. Wilkinson came on to pitch for Glasco and picked up her first save of the season by retiring five of the final six batters she faced, including three-straight strikeouts to end the game.
    Georgia takes to the road for the first time this season when it travels to Orlando, Fla., to take part in the Citrus Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. The Bulldogs will open the three-day tournament against Marshall at 11 a.m., on Friday, Feb. 21.

    LSU Splits Doubleheader With Penn State
    BATON ROUGE, La. – The No. 21 LSU softball team pounded out 11 runs on 12 hits, getting back-to-back home runs from Bianka Bell and Kellsi Kloss, and two triples from Allison Falcon amid five total extra-base hits to power the Tigers to an 11-3 win over Penn State in game one of a doubleheader between the two teams on Monday.
    LSU (8-3) scored four runs in two of the first three innings, needing just four innings to score all 11 to pull ahead of the Nittany Lions (4-4) for good with little resistance. As a whole, the Tigers struck out just once and stranded only three runners over the course of the game, capitalizing on every opportunity they had with runners in scoring position.
    A little over a week since the incurring the feat, it was fitting that the top two hitters on the night in Bell and Kloss notched the 20th time in program history that two teammates homered in consecutive at-bats, with Kloss going 3-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored, while Bell went 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored.
    “I haven’t been struggling by any means, but I have been trying to get back to seeing the ball well,” Kloss said. “Luckily, I got a pitch I knew I could handle and I pounced on it. I wasn’t trying to hit it over, but thankfully I did.”
    For Falcon, who has had one of the hottest bats on the team as of late, she doubled her triple total in one game as she had two coming into the contest and exited with four for her career. The Tigers had three three-baggers, as Jacee Blades had one of her own, as it is the first time since 2004 that any LSU player had two in a contest and for the team to have three as a group.
    After holding a no-hitter through three, starting pitcher Baylee Corbello gave up three runs on two hits, all coming in the Penn State fourth inning well after LSU had taken a sizeable lead. The three runs were the most she’s given up in a game this season as she struck out four batters with seven walks, but she continued her streak of consecutive complete game performances in the process.
    “We were able to see what Bailey Landry, Constance Quinn and freshmen pitchers were able to do,” assistant coach Howard Dobson said. “We now get to put them out against some Pac 12 teams and west coast teams. We will see what we are made of and where we stack up before conference starts.”
    LSU struck first in bottom half of the first inning, as Bell singled through the right side scoring Blades and Sandra Simmons who each got on with singles to go up 2-0. It looked like that would be the biggest hit of the inning, but the hot bat of Falcon came through again as she tripled to right field scoring Kloss and Bell to put the Tigers up 4-0, as Falcon connected on the fifth hit of the inning to put LSU up four.
    The Tigers didn’t take their foot off of the gas in the second, as Blades legged out a triple that dribbled down the left field line, scoring Bailey Landry who reached on a hit and stole second to put LSU up 5-0 with just one out. On the very next play, Simmons came through with a sacrifice fly to deep center to score the left fielder to put the Tigers on top 6-0.
    The big bats came out for LSU right away in the third, as Bell took the third pitch of her at bat deep over the center field fence, and was promptly followed by Kloss who drilled a shot to the Berm on the very first pitch of the at bat to make it 8-0 Tigers. After a pitching change, Falcon walked on four pitches to take first and then stole second. A walk to Corbello put two runners on, setting the table for Landry who hit one through the left side, scoring two to push the lead to double-digits and advanced to third on throw to drive in the third and fourth runs of the inning.
    Penn State used two hits to score three runs in the fourth, as Corbello walked the first two batters of the frame, as a single up the middle scored the first Nittany Lion run of the day. Another walk loaded the bases, as a single down the left field line brought in two more to cut the lead to just seven at 10-3. Fortunately for the Tigers, the next three PSU batters went down in order to end the Penn State rally.
    With two outs, Kloss singled up the middle of the infield to reach first. Falcon belted another shot, this time to right field scoring Kloss and pushing the LSU lead back to eight runs and giving the Tigers an 11-3 advantage heading into the fifth. The finish wouldn’t come easy, as a hit batter and a walk put two on with no outs. The lead runner got caught trying to steal third, and a fly out and foul out ended the game in five.
    Game Two: Penn State 6, LSU 5
    After putting together another top notch offensive performance in the first game, the No. 21 LSU Tiger softball team seemed poised to repeat its efforts in game two of the team’s doubleheader against Penn State, but the Nittany Lions countered and came back twice, including taking the lead scoring three unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings to win 6-5 to close out the 2014 Tiger Invitational.
    LSU (8-4) racked up the hits against Penn State (5-4), cranking out 12 base knocks with doubles from Sahvanna Jaquish and Kellsi Kloss, but the Tigers as a whole stranded eight runners on base, even as PSU stranded 10, but capitalized on its eight hits when it counted most.
    10 of the Tigers’ 12 hits on the night came from four players, led by A.J. Andrews and Jacee Blades, who combined to go 6-for-7 with two runs scored. Kloss and Allison Falcon each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Simone Heyward and Jaquish had the other two hits.
    “I still think we were intense and had some great hits. I don’t think we ever backed off,” Blades said. “You have one game where we run-rule them and another game where you play with the same intensity and start the same, but you don’t finish the same.”
    After finishing the weekend with a .533 batting average, eight hits, nine RBI, two home runs and two triples, Falcon was named the tournament’s most valuable player after finishing at or near the top in five different categories.
    Taking the loss was Ashley Czechner, who allowed all six runs on eight hits with five walks and six strikeouts to fall to 4-2 on the season and snapped her four-game winning streak. With the offense sputtering, Penn State earned multiple chances to strike as the first batter in the first five innings earned a walk to open the frame.
    After giving up the three runs in the very first inning, Penn State’s Marlaina Laubach settled down and gave up just two more runs for the rest of the contest, finishing with only three strikeouts and two walks and allowing all five runs in the seven-inning affair. PSU’s Shelby Miller was the only Nittany Lion to tack on multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
    “I know how hard Ashley (Czechner) works, and I know she was trying to pound that strike zone,” Kloss said. “We did make a couple errors and couple bad throws, but at the same time we need string together some hits for Ashley. She works really hard for us.”
    LSU attacked early to the tune of three runs on four hits in the very first inning. Andrews led off with a hard single through the left side, advancing to second on a stolen base and then to third on an illegal pitch. After Blades singled to put runners at the corners, she advanced to second on a stolen base of her own to put two in scoring position. A sacrifice fly by Simmons plated Andrews to give the Tigers an early 1-0 advantage, as it quickly moved to 2-0 after Jaquish’s double to center to score Blades. The catcher eventually scored on a single by Falcon, after moving on a walk and a fielder’s choice and reaching third base to put the home side up 3-1.
    Penn State scored one run in the second on one hit, and then tied the game in the top of the third by scoring two runs on an RBI double to knot the game at 3-3.
    A walk to Simmons started the Tiger third, as an out later Bell got hit on the arm to take first base. Kloss doubled to left field scoring Simmons from second allowing LSU to re-take the lead going up 4-3. Looking to capitalize with two more in scoring position, a pop fly and ground out ended the threat for the Tigers.
    In the very next inning, the bats were alive again as three consecutive singles by Heyward, Andrews and Blades loaded the bases for Simmons, who scored a sac fly to deep right field scoring Heyward and advancing the other two one more base for the 5-3 LSU lead. However, a line drive to the catcher and grounder to the shortstop ended any hopes of added run support going forward.
    Penn State slowly began to chip away beginning in the fifth, as an RBI single made it 5-4, while four straight singles to open the sixth scored one run, while back-to-back fielder’s choice groundouts could only stop one of two potential runs from scoring to give Penn State its first lead of the day.
    The Tigers tried to rally, as Andrews earned an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but would not advance further in the inning. After three straight strikeouts to close the PSU seventh, LSU went down in order to finish the game.
    “Sometimes you hit the ball hard, but it doesn’t fall for you,” Dobson said. “Sometimes you hit a flare and it falls for you. Sometimes those are the ones that win you a game.”
    LSU will be back in action on Thursday, taking part in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.