With State's 5-4 win over Georgia, the 4th seed in the 2014 NCAA Softball Tournament, and the host team for the regional, State advances to the championship game of the Athens Regional. State will have to be beaten twice tomorrow by an at this time unknown opponent-most likely Georgia.
Emily Weiman walked 11 batters, having the bases loaded more than once, but managed to keep Georgia from taking a lead. Any tie that Georgia managed was short lived. I am guessing that Weiman walked so many batters because she was making an effort to keep from giving Georgia batters good pitches to hit. Alex Hugo, who leads the nation with 23 home runs during the regular season, was held without a hit, although she did manage an RBI flyout and did walk three times. Georgia as a team hit 81 home runs during the regular season, so it is clear why Em might have been cautious. On the other hand, maybe she was just off. However, a win is a win. Way to go, Em.
Chelsea Wilkinson of Georgia, who received consecutive national player of the week awards by Louisville Slugger, took the loss. Wilkinson struck out the side in the first and second inning; however, Molly Hutchison took her deep in the first. In the third Wilkinson retired the side on three straight pop-ups. Lana Van Dyken hit State's second homer in the fourth giving State a 2-1 lead .
Hutchison went 2 for 3 for State with one home run, and Van Dyken went 3 for 4 with one home run.
State added two runs in the top of the seventh making the score 5-2, runs sorely needed as Em made State fans sweat by allowing two runs before Grant threw out the final batter for Georgia at first. State could have added a third run in the 7th, but Renada Davis, continuing her aggressive play, was thrown out at the plate.
Somewhat sadly I will not be able to watch tomorrow's game/games as I will be attending a Nats/Mets game with my wife and have a dumb phone. All I can write is "Go Softball". If State's opponent tomorrow is Georgia, State's task will be monumental. No matter what happens, we made Georgia sweat. Love you Softball Team. Women's basketball and softball have really added to State's athletic programs.