Seventh-inning rally comes short for Bulldogs, Georgia drops World Series opener, 3-2, to Oklahoma State
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (WCTV) - The Georgia Bulldogs fell in their first game of the 2021 Women’s College World Series to the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 3-2, Thursday afternoon in Oklahoma City.
UGA will face top-ranked Oklahoma in the losers bracket on Saturday at noon.
Trailing 3-1 entering the top of the seventh inning, the Bulldogs used an error and a single and a fielder’s choice to put two runners on with one out to set the table for an RBI double from Ellie Armistead, scoring CJ Landrum and cutting the deficit to one, 3-2.
With runners at second and third, OSU pitcher Carrie Eberle (W, 26-3) induced a Savana Sikes infield pop-up and a Sydney Kuma groundout to end the Dawgs’ comeback bid and seal the one-run victory.
Oklahoma State opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning with a two-out, two-run home run off the bat of Cheyenne Factor, giving the Cowgirls a 2-0 lead.
Avery Hobson set the table for Factor’s blast with a leadoff single.
UGA did not collect their first hit of the game until the top of the fourth inning, when Lacey Fincher dribbled a single into center field, but she was immediately erased on a double play to second base to end the Bulldog threat in the frame.
The Dawgs did make it a one-run game in the top of the sixth inning, scoring their only run of the game.
Kuma singled up the middle with one out, and moved into scoring position following a Fincher groundout.
Sara Mosley brought Kuma home on an RBI single, cutting the OSU lead to 2-1.
The Cowgirls got the run back immediately, however, in the bottom of the frame, on an RBI single from Alysen Febrey to scored Kiley Naomi, who set the table with a leadoff single, making it 3-1, Pokes.
Both pitchers tossed complete games: UGA’s Mary Avant (L, 20-11) allowed three runs on five hits, struck out five and walked none on 92 total pitches in the losing effort.
Eberle allowed seven hits, but just the two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out two in earning her 26th win of the season (118 pitches).
Febrey was the game’s lone multi-hit performer on offense, going 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Cowgirls. Seven different UGA hitters recorded hits.
UGA must win Saturday against Oklahoma to remain the WCWS. Oklahoma State advances in the winner’s bracket to take on James Madison Friday night at 7 p.m.
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