Junior Sarah McCloud tossed a complete-game shutout to lead the sixth-seeded University of Georgia softball team to a win over No. 11 California, 7-0, in Game 1 of the NCAA Softball Athens Super Regional on Friday at the UGA Softball Stadium.
Georgia (47-11) got a two-run home run from both junior Alisa Goler and sophomore Kristyn Sandberg in the win.
McCloud improved to 12-1 on the year and 4-0 in this postseason by throwing her fourth complete game of the season. McCloud limited California (44-18) to four hits while giving up only four walks and striking out three.
With the win, Georgia now needs one more win to advance to the Division I College World Series. First pitch for Game 2 of the Athens Super Regional is scheduled for noon today.
California will need to win Game 2 to force a deciding Game 3, which would be played at 2:30 p.m., or approximately 30 minutes after Game 2, if necessary.
Goler (2-for-2) gave Georgia a 2-0 lead in the first inning when she blasted her team-leading 15th home run to center field. The Lady Bulldogs then went on to add another run in the first as Sandberg (2-for-3) doubled to right center and scored when California shortstop Taylor Kelly committed a throwing error, allowing sophomore and Buford High graduate Ashley Razey to reach base.
The game remained 3-0 until the fifth inning, when Sandberg drilled her home run off the scoreboard, making the game 5-0. Sandberg’s home run was her sixth of the year and her 100th career base hit.