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WCWS: Georgia Ousts Missouri, 5-2

OKLAHOMA CITY – Georgia used an unearned run in the top of the first and a pair of two-run innings to complete a 5-2 victory over Missouri in the opening game of elimination Saturday at the Women’s College World Series. 

With the victory, Georgia (45-11) advances to face Michigan at 6 pm CDT tonight in another elimination game. Missouri completes its season with a 50-12 record. 

Georgia plated the first run of the game in the top of the first inning as Taylor Schlopy walked to lead off, went to second on a ground out, third on a passed ball and scored on a ground out. The Bulldogs would hold the 1-0 lead while despite no-hit for the first three innings. 

In the fourth, Megan Wiggins opened a Georgia rally with a one-out single before being erased on a fielders choice off the bat of Brianna Hesson. Hesson came around to score on a home run by Kristyn Sandberg, her ninth of the season. 

Two more runs went up in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lisaira Daniels led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second when Schlopy was hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch and came home on a Kristin Schnake double, making the score 5-0. 

Missouri plated a pair of runs in the sixth inning as Kathryn Poet and Micaela Minner led off the inning with a pair of singles and scored on a two-out single from Marla Schweisberger to make the score 5-2. 

Winning pitcher Christie Hamilton of Georgia struck out four during her seven innings, improving to 25-9 on the season with the win. Missouri starter Chelsea Thomas struck out two and allowed three hits during her four innings pitched, falling to 16-7. Stacy Delaney came in to pitch the final two innings, striking out three without allowing a hit.