Georgia was one out from clinching a spot in the Women’s College World Series before Tennessee pinch-hitter Cailin Hannon drove in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh, forcing extra innings.
Then, Cortni Emanuel came through in the clutch for the Bulldogs in the eighth, hitting a solo home run to power the Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory and a sweep of the best-of-three Athens Super Regional, sending Georgia to Oklahoma City.
Three who mattered
Mary Wilson Avant — The sophomore from Macon, Ga., was phenomenal, mixing in her changeup to keep the Volunteers hitters off-balance.
Alyssa DiCarlo — After Justice Milz singled to lead off the top of the seventh, DiCarlo wasted no time getting her across home plate, hitting a triple to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
Matty Moss — The Volunteers pitcher was excellent as well, throwing 6 shutout innings and escaping some jams before allowing DiCarlo’s RBI triple.
The Bulldogs will travel to Oklahoma City and play in the Women’s College World Series, which begins May 31.