No. 12 Georgia's Five-Run Fifth Inning Overwhelms Herd 8-1

Feb. 19, 2006

Box Score

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia starting pitcher Jessica Doucette didn't allow Marshall a second chance to upset the 12th-ranked Bulldogs, holding the Thundering Herd to just two hits in a 8-1 win Sunday afternoon.

Marshall (6-5) starting pitcher Abigail Harter (Monmouth, Ore./Santiam Christian) was dealt the loss (3-2), allowing eight runs (six earned) on eight hits in five innings. Veronica Ralston (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothills), the winning pitcher in the Herd's game earlier in the day, allowed only one hit in two innings of relief.

Doucette (2-1) earned the complete-game victory, striking out five Herd batters. She also hit the first of two home runs for Georgia (8-2) in its five-run fifth inning.

Senior Amanda Williams (Powder Springs, Ga./Harrison) and sophomore Samantha Rodriguez (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) registered the Herd's only hits of the contest.

Unlike Saturday night, the Herd cracked the scoreboard first in the opening inning, taking a 1-0 lead. With two outs, Rodriguez hit a sure ground out to Georgia second baseman Jennifer Corbin.

Corbin, however, had trouble fielding the grounder which allowed Amanda Williams to score from third.

Marshall's one-run lead would not hold, as the Bulldogs put together a three-run third inning to take a 3-1 advantage. With the bases loaded, Courtney Knight's single to left field plated Becky Mohl and Corbin to give Georgia its first lead of the game.

Then, Harter forced Chelsea Cantillo to hit into a double play, but a throwing error by Sara Spenia (Las Vegas, Nev./Durango) attempting to pick off a third runner sailed into the outfield. Spenia's miscue allowed Knight to score from second, giving the Bulldogs a two-run cushion.



Georgia added to its lead in the fifth inning, thanks to a pair of home runs. Corbin reached on a Leigh Wintter (Acworth, Ga./North Cobb) throwing error and Kellie Middleton later plated her with a two-run shot to left-center field.

After a Knight single and Cantillo ground out, Megan McAllister was hit by a Harter pitch to put runners on first and second. Doucette followed with a three-run blast to left-center field - almost the identical spot as Middleton's round-tripper - to give Georgia the resulting 8-1 lead.

The Marshall Thundering Herd returns to action Friday, Feb. 24, when it travels to Charleston, S.C., to participate in the Cougar Classic, hosted by the College of Charleston. Friday, the Herd will face Conference USA foe East Carolina at 10 a.m. and recent Division I addition North Florida at 12:30 p.m.

Georgia 8, Marshall 1 (Feb 19, 2006 at Athens, Ga.)
Georgia............. 003 050 0 -  8  9  2      (8-2)
Marshall............ 100 000 0 -  1  2  2      (6-5)
Pitchers: Georgia - Jessica Doucette. Marshall - Abigail Harter; Veronica Ralston(6).
Win-Jessica Doucette(2-1)  Loss-Abigail Harter(3-2)
T-1:51  A-379