No. 17 Georgia lands series opener against No. 21 Aggies
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BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The 17th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs defeated No. 21 Texas A&M Friday night at Davis Diamond Friday night, 7-5.
Georgia improves to 22-6 on the season and 3-1 in SEC play.
The Bulldogs offense scatter 15 hits, tying a season high. Dallis Goodnight, Sara Mosley and Jaiden Fields all had three hits in the game. Sydney Chambley and Fields each homered in the game.
Madison Kerpics pitched three innings on her start, allowing four runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits. She stoked five Aggies and walked two. Shelby Walters (10-1) took the win out of the bullpen, pitching the final four innings, allowing an unearned run and three hits. She pulled out three and walked one.
Georgia came out of the gate strong scoring four runs on the board in the opening frame. Goodnight started the match with a left double and placed third on a groundout. After a walk and strikeout, Sydney Kuma struck from the right side to tackle Goodnight and put Georgia on the board 1-0. A hit per pitch loaded the bases with two outs. Fields singled out short and two runs went in to score on the play. Next hitter Marisa Miller hit an RBI single through all four holes to make it 4-0 in the first.
The Aggies (16-8, 2-2) pushed a run late in the second to cut Georgia’s 4-1 lead.
Costly mistakes by the Georgia defense allowed Texas A&M to score three unearned runs late in the third, tying the game at 4-all in the game.
Georgia’s third error of the game, this one with two outs in the fourth, gave the Aggies a 5-4 lead in Game 1 of the series.
Chambley’s fifth home run of the season, a solo left shot, tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the fifth.
Ellie Armistead opened the sixth with a left double. She was dropped to third by Goodnight and then scored easily on a double left off the bat from Mosley, putting Georgia back in front, 6-5.
Fields threw a solo home run to right center in the seventh, his third hit of the game, to provide some insurance for the Dogs, 7-5.
The Aggies tied with two outs in the seventh but were otherwise stopped by Walters to end the game.
The Bulldogs and Aggies face off in Game 2 of the series on Saturday at Davis Diamond. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET, live on SEC Network+.