The Georgia Bulldogs softball team dropped a 14-2 decision to the Washington Huskies on the final day of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Challenge on Saturday in Cathedral City, California. With the loss, Georgia falls to 7-6 on the season and went 1-4 in the tournament.
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.
Georgia’s bats were quiet over 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 4-1 game. A single by Samantha LaZear and a Washington error allowed Sito to plate Georgia’s second run of the inning.
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 drove the ball to left center for a grand slam.
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 and recorded four strikeouts.
Georgia returns to the friendly confines of Jack Turner Stadium Friday as hosts of the Bulldog Invitational, featuring teams from North Dakota State, Indiana and Radford. The Bulldogs will play North Dakota State at 3 p.m. and Radford at 5 p.m.