2011 Sec Softball Tournament
May 15, 2011 by USA Post
The Bulldogs were only six outs to earn her first Championship SEC Tournament, when head coach Lu Harris decided to keep rookie starter Champe Morgan Montemayor in the game despite Montemayor gave up three runs in her last two innings and starting was her fourth game in two days.
Montemayor keep Champ decision backfired as Tennessee Jessica Spigner hit her second home run of Montemayor to tie the game 5-5 in the sixth before Tennessee Shelby Burchell hit a walk off homer in the bottom of the eighth inning win the SEC Tournament 6-5.
“I’m proud of how our team fought and came out aggressive. A lot of good things happened tonight. Our whole team had some great at-bats,” said Champagne. Montemayor] was throwing her fourth day in a row and not get out. I’m proud of it and how to compete. ”
The Bulldogs had a great start in the game, hitting two homers in the first inning. The first, a solo homer high Schlopy Taylor was followed by a three-run homer Junior Kristyn Sandberg gave Georgia a 4-0 lead.
But Georgia’s problems on defense at shortstop again.
Another error at shortstop, the trout by senior Laura prolonged the fourth inning and allowed Spigner to hit her first homer of two runs of the game.
Things only got worse for Georgia’s defense in the fifth with Tennessee Raven Chavanne at first. Chavanne proceeded to steal second, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on a passed ball to cut the lead to 4-3 one Georgia.
The Bulldogs won a race at the top of the sixth before Spigner got a hold of another pitch to tie the game in the bottom of the inning before Tennessee, who won in extras.
“We played very well and with great heart and passion,” said Schlopy. “Our team played very well. We will use this game as a high point for the rest of the playoffs.”
Tennessee pitcher, freshman of the Year SEC Ellen Renfroe (26-5), came to the aid of her greatest Ivy and Georgia’s bats cooled considerably, giving a run in 7.1 innings of work.
Montemayor, who in four starts this week threw 22.1 innings, including 5.1 innings Saturday allowed five runs and seven hits. Sophomore Alison Owen (15-1) came in relief and pitched 1.2 innings and gave up the long game to win.
The Bulldogs out on Sunday to be played in the NCAA regional final.
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