Gamecocks Lose Heartbreaker to No. 10 Georgia|
April 5, 2005
Athens, Ga. - A fielder's choice groundout by Jodi Dyer allowed the winning run to score and the No. 10 Georgia Bulldogs slipped past the South Carolina Gamecocks 1-0 in game one Tuesday. With the loss, USC fell to 24-15 and 7-6 in the SEC while UGA improved to 34-8 and 15-1 in the conference. Aleca Johnson (4-3) pitched 4.2 innings and gave up one run on four hits while Michelle Green (18-2) threw seven innings and shut out the Gamecocks with only two hits.
In the bottom of the seventh, Katie Vickers led off with a double to left field. Melissa Cook then came in to pinch run for Vickers and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jessica Gilmore. With one out, Dyer then hit a grounded to shortstop as Cook proceeded to run home. Lisa Longo made the impressive throw to the plate but in a very emotional play, Cook was called safe and the Bulldogs took the 1-0 victory.
McKenna Hughes and Margaret Person recorded the Gamecocks' only hits as Green threw 5.1 no-hit innings. Hughes' hit came in the sixth when she singled to center field and Person's hit came on a pinch-hit infield single in the seventh.
USC had the bases loaded in the fourth as Josker reached on a catcher's interference and Ashley Smith and Stefanie Norman drew walks. With two outs, Chrissy Schoonmaker grounded out and a play was made at third to put out Smith and ended the inning.
Courtney Knight and Vickers both went 2-for-3 while Green struck out 14 Gamecock batters.
After the fourth, USC did not have a runner in scoring position until the sixth inning when Cornett, who drew a walk, made it to second on Hughes' single. Green would strikeout the next two USC batters and prevented the Garnet and Black from scoring.
The loss marked the fourth shutout of the year for the Gamecocks and the second in SEC play. It also snapped a four-game win streak for USC.
Team 123 456 7 R H E
USC 000 000 0 0 2 0
UGA 000 000 1 1 6 1
WP: Greene (18-2)
LP: Johnson (4-3)