Georgia Southern fell to the University of Georgia on Wednesday night 10-3 as the Eagles added a loss to make their record 19-9 on the season.
The Bulldogs came out strong, grabbing a pair of runs in the very first inning off of senior pitcher Kaylee Ramos who was making her first career start for GS.
With a 2-0 lead in hand, UGA continued their momentum with a run off a leadoff triple in the second and a three-run third inning.
The Eagles didn’t quite give up, as they almost reached the plate as sophomore Mekhia Freeman hit a single to give the Eagles two on base with only one out in the second. UGA pitcher Mary Wilson Avant answered by striking out the following two batters to shut down the Eagles’ attempt at a run.
The Bulldogs continued to raise the score one the Eagles 7-0, as it looked it could be a shutout when UGA made another run. GS was determined to not let that happened as senior Alesha Mann put up a two-run single to make the score 7-2 in the fifth.
The home team answered to GS scoring by plating yet another run off a sacrifice fly, but the Eagles were able to regain that run in the top of the sixth off of junior Hannah Farrell’s solo home run.
UGA showed no mercy as they capped the score with two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth, 10-3.
Ramos threw seven hits and six runs in the three innings she pitched for the Eagles; she also walked two and struck out three which was a career high.
“It wasn’t the outcome we expected,” Georgia Southern head coach Kim Dean said. “However, I was impressed with some of our late-game adjustments at the plate.”
UGA has now added a win to the 29 all-time defeats the Bulldogs hold over the Eagles, while GS only has one. There was a silver lining to this loss though, that being that this is the first time since 2014 the Eagles haven’t lost in five innings.
“Although we had a few miscues that we will learn from, we will be happy to get back out on the field at home this weekend in Sun Belt play against UL Monroe.”
The Eagles will be playing ULM in a series at home this weekend with games one and two being played Saturday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., while game three will be Sunday, March 25 at noon.
Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne Sports Reporter, [email protected]