Jacksonville Sports Day

Georgia Shuts Out No. 4 Gators in Game One of Super Regional

UAA Communications photo by Hannah White)

GAINESVILLE– The University of Georgia softball team defeated nationally-seeded No. 4 Florida by way of a 4-0 shutout Friday evening in game one of the Gainesville Super Regional at KSP Stadium.

The Bulldogs and Gators will square off in game two Saturday at noon. With a win, Georgia would punch its ticket to its fifth Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. Saturday’s game will air nationally on ESPN.

Graduate Mary Wilson Avant (19-10) pitched her second shutout of the Gators this season. She allowed only three hits and carried a no-hit bid into the fourth inning, ending on a one-out double in the bottom of the fourth. Avant concluded the game with nine strikeouts, her highest strikeout count since 11 at Ole Miss on March 28.

At the plate, redshirt-sophomore Jaiden Fields was responsible for exactly half of Georgia’s six hits. Her three hits tied a career best. Freshman catcher Payden Bordeau tied a season-high two hits including a three-run home run in the seventh for a season-best three RBI.

In her first start in the lineup since May 1, Fields put the Bulldogs (33-21) ahead in the top of the third with her sixth home run of the season, 1-0 Georgia. The leadoff home run was a shot to dead center.

Bordeau’s fourth home run of the season provided some key insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning, widening Georgia’s lead to 4-0.

Avant retired the Gators (45-10) in order in the bottom of the seventh to secure the game one victory.

With the win, Georgia improves its postseason record against Florida to 4-1.

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