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ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 12 Georgia softball team defeated Virginia Tech Sunday afternoon at Jack Turner Stadium, 12-3, in six innings to punch its ticket to the super regional round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Bulldogs’ 12 runs came on 13 hits, including four hits, two home runs and five RBI from junior Sydney Chamblee. Dallis Goodnight and Sarah Moseley each had two hits, while Lindy Rae Davis joined Moseley with a pair of RBIs. Each of Georgia’s seven starting batters had one hit.
Chamblee finishes the NCAA Regional hitting .778 (7-for-9), knocking four home runs and driving in 13 runs. He slugged 2.111 and scored four times.
Graduate Shelby Walters pitched a complete game, going six innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out five Hawks and walked none.
The Bulldogs wasted no time getting on the board in the opening frame. Goodnight led off the game with a double that fell into shallow left. After a flyout and a hit, Mosley drove in Goodnight with a double off the wall in left-center. He immediately scored on an RBI hit off the bat of Sydney Kuma for a 2-0 lead. Chamblee and Jaydin Goodwin followed with back-to-back home runs to make it five runs for the top Dogs.
Chamblee’s fourth home run of the Regional, this one a two-run shot down the right field line, extended the lead to 7-0 in the top of the third.
Davis’ two-out single gave the Bulldogs an 8-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Virginia Tech (39-20) broke Walters’ bid for a perfect game with a leadoff single in the top of the fourth. The leadoff hit came on a groundout that also broke the shutout, 8-1. The Hokies added another inning to cut Georgia’s lead to 8-2.
Four outs in the top of the sixth made it a 10-run game. With runners in scoring position, an RBI fielder’s choice came off the bat of Davis to Ellie Armistead. Three straight RBI singles by Jayda Kearney, Mosley and Chamblee extended the lead to 12-2. Chamblee’s hit, his fourth of the game, tied Georgia’s single-game NCAA Tournament record.
A solo home run in the bottom of the inning made it 12-3.
Georgia improves to 42-13 on the season and will make its 12th NCAA Super Regional appearance in program history.
The Bulldogs will play (3) Florida State. Dates TBD for next weekend’s Super Regional.