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WCWS: Georgia Forces “If Necessary” Game, Downs Washington, 9-8

OKLAHOMA CITY – In a game that spanned nine innings and four hours, 15 minutes, a walk-off walk proved to be the difference as Georgia defeated Washington by a 9-8 margin on Saturday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium. The two teams will play again today, one hour after the upcoming Alabama-Florida game. 

Washington took the early lead in the top of the second inning. Morgan Stewart led off the inning with a single, was sacrificed to second by Alicia Blake. After Ashlyn Watson drew a walk, Niki Williams knocked a two-out, three-run home run over the fence to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead. 

Georgia answered in the bottom half of the frame with RBI singles from Brianna Hesson and Kristyn Sandberg in the bottom of the second inning. 

In the top of the third, Washington extended its lead to 4-2 with a two-out rally. Danielle Lawrie drew a two-out walk and was wild pitched to second base, putting her in position to score on a Morgan Stewart single to make the score 4-2. 

The Bulldogs took the lead in the third inning with Kristin Schnake reached on an error which was followed by a two-run home run by Alisa Goler, just fair down the right field line, to make the score 5-4. 

In the fourth, Georgia exploded for four runs. Tori Moody led off the inning with a single, advancing to second on an errant throw on a fielders choice off the bat of Ashley Pauly. Lisaira Daniels sacrificed the pair into scoring position and a Taylor Schlopy single plated Moody. Kristin Schnake followed with a home run, her fifth of the season, to make the score 8-4. 

Washington answered in their next at-bat. Morgan Stuart led off with a single, followed by a one-out single from Ashlyn Watson and a walk by Lauren Greer to load the bases. Niki Williams then stepped up and clobbered her second home run of the game, this time a grand slam, to tie the game. With that at-bat, Williams set a Women’s College World Series record with seven RBI in the game and a tournament mark with nine RBI. 

The hit by Stuart in the game was her third of five in the game. She tied the WCWS single-game record for hits, going 5-for-5 on the say. 

From that point on, the teams traded zeroes until Georgia’s Brianna Hesson drew a bases loaded walk to end the game in the bottom of the ninth and set up a rematch later this evening. 

Winning pitcher Erin Arevalo was the last of four pitchers used by Georgia in the game. She is now 2-0 on the season. She earned the win after pitching four innings with one striekout, scattering four hits. Losing pitcher Danielle Lawrie is now 39-8 on the season. She struck out nine, walking two, in the game.