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WCWS: Taylor Schlopy Homers Twice as Georgia Eliminates Michigan

OKLAHOMA CITY – Home runs in consecutive at-bats by Georgia leadoff hitter Taylor Schlopy sparked the Bulldogs to a 7-5 victory over Michigan on Saturday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. 

Georgia (46-11) will face the Washington Huskies on Sunday at noon. The Bulldogs must beat Washington twice in order to advance to the Championship Series while Washington needs just a single win in order to advance. Michigan concludes its season with a 47-12 record. 

The Wolverines got on the board early with a two-out rally in the top of the first inning. Amanda Chidester drew a two-out walk and scored on a Roya St. Clair home run. Maggie Viefhaus followed with a single to right and scored from first on a Nikki Nemitz single to give Michigan a 3-0 lead. 

Schlopy led off the bottom half of the inning with a home run but the rest of the Bulldogs went quietly in the bottom of the first inning. 

It was a different story in the bottom of the second inning. Brianna Hesson started the rally with a one-out double before a two-out single from Ashley Pauly plated Hesson. After Lisaira Daniels followed with a single of her own, Schlopy whacked her second home run in as many at-bats, making the score 5-3 after two complete. 

An Ashley Pauley home run to lead off the fourth gave Georgia a 6-4 lead, but Michigan chipped that lead back down to one run in the fifth inning. Bree Evans knocked a one-out single to center and scored on an Angela Findlay double to left. Findlay would score on a Roya St. Clair rip up the middle to make the score 6-5. 

Georgia added another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Brianna Hesson home run. It was the fourth home run of the game for the Bulldogs, setting a new single-game WCWS record. The teams combined for a new record for home runs in a game with five. 

Sarah McCloud pitched the first inning for the Bulldogs, giving up three runs before being replaced by Christie Hamilton at the start of the second inning. Relief pitcher Christie Hamilton twirled six innings, striking out three and allowing two runs, but she earned the win, improving to 26-9 on the season. Nikki Nemitz took the loss for the Wolverines, falling to 28-7 on the year.