Texas A&M drops series opener at No. 12 Georgia

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ATHENS, Georgia -- Texas A&M Softball had its seven-game winning streak come to an end Friday as the Aggies fell to No. 12 Georgia, 11-5, Friday at Jack Turner Stadium.

Trailing 3-0 after the first, the Aggies used a five-run third inning to gain the lead. Texas A&M (24-14, 2-8 SEC) quickly loaded the bases and scored on three-straight at bats on a hit by pitch, a Payton McBride single and a Riley Sartain bases-loaded walk. A Georgia defensive miscue on a fly ball allowed two additional runs to score to cap off the inning.

The Bulldogs (29-10, 4-6 SEC) chipped away at the lead, scoring at least one run in the next four innings, including a five-run sixth, highlighted by a Savana Sikes grand slam.

Offensively the Aggies were led by Kelbi Fortenberry, who went 2-for-4 and recorded her team-leading 13th multi-hit game of the season. McBride extended her hitting streak to nine games with her single in the third and tallied her team-leading 27th RBI.

McBride was saddled with the loss to move to 8-4 on the year. The southpaw allowed six runs on 14 hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings.

KEY INNINGS

B1| CJ Landrum led off the inning with an infield single and scored on an Alyssa DiCarlo double off the wall in left center. Lacey Fincher followed with a two-run homer to center. UGA 3, A&M 0

T3| The Aggies quickly loaded the bases as Morgan Smith was hit by a pitch, Kelbi Fortenberry bunted for a single and Blake-Ann Fritsch reached on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error allowed Smith to reach third. Baylee Klingler was hit by a pitch, allowing Smith to score, before Payton McBride roped a single through the right side to plate Fortenberry. Riley Sartain drew a five-pitch walk which allowed Fritsch to touch home. An error by the Georgia right fielder on a fly ball allowed two runs to score. A&M 5, UGA 3

B3| Georgia cut the lead to one as the Bulldogs scored an unearned run on a Cia Bryan single. A&M 5, UGA 4

B4| The Bulldogs tied the game on a DiCarlo double off the wall in right. A&M 5, UGA 5

B5| Georgia regained the lead in the fifth on a bases-loaded infield single from Landrum. UGA 6, A&M 5

B6| UGA added five insurance runs on a Savana Sikes grand slam and a Lacey Fincher sacrifice fly. UGA 11, A&M 5

Top Offensive Players:

Kelbi Fortenberry | 2-for-4, R

Blake-Ann Fritsch | 1-for-4, R

Payton McBride | 1-for-4, RBI

Pitching Breakdown:

Payton McBride (8-4) – L, 5.1 IP, 16 H, 11 R, 4 BB, 5 K

Hannah Mayo – 0.2 IP, 2 BB

WHAT THEY SAID

Head Coach Jo Evans

On tonight’s game…

“We have to be better offensively. We scored five in the third and took advantage of a couple of errors that they made. We got some timely hitting. For us to be successful, we are going to have to capitalize in more than one inning. We have to take advantage with runners in scoring position. You have to tip your hat to Georgia. They came out swinging and scored in almost every inning. They kept attacking, and it puts a lot of pressure on a team. I thought Payton got us some big outs when we needed it. She fought hard tonight and was resilient.”

ON DECK

The Aggies and Bulldogs return The Jack Saturday at 1 p.m. for game two of the series.

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