Wiggins, UGA roll into Super Regional

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ATHENS — Georgia softball is getting used to this Super Regional routine.

For the fourth straight year, the Bulldogs will play in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Georgia clinched the spot following three wins in the Athens Regional, the final victory a 10-2 mercy-rule result against Florida State on Sunday.

Georgia (50-12) will play host to Baylor (43-12) on Saturday and Sunday. Baylor won the College Park Regional last weekend. The team that wins the best-of-three series this weekend advances to the College World Series on June 2, which would be Georgia’s third straight appearance.

For the third straight game, senior left fielder Megan Wiggins, the former Shiloh star and Georgia’s leadoff hitter, was the catalyst.

Wiggins was 3-for-5 on Sunday and finished the regional 7-for-11 overall, with four RBIs and seven runs scored, and raised her batting average to .390.

Georgia led 6-1 after two innings and won its second mercy-rule game of the regional, following an 8-0 win over Georgia State on Friday. The Bulldogs also beat UAB 9-2 on Saturday.

“We knew that Georgia was going to be a team that was going to battle with the bats, which they do,” FSU coach Lonni Alameda said. “We could have easily shut down there in the second inning and we didn’t.”

Other than Wiggins’ offense, a common thread through all three wins was the pitching of freshman Morgan Montemayor, who won all three games. She pitched all six innings Sunday, allowed one earned run and struck out four, which raised her record to 26-3.

“She has been very solid,” Georgia coach Lu Harris-Champer said. “She has a tough mental game by not letting anything affect her. She has been tough with people on base, and has just come out competing.”

Catcher Ashley Razey, a Buford grad, said after Saturday’s win that Montemayor didn’t carry herself like a freshman.

Montemayor said that’s because she has support from older teammates.

“At this point, I feel like I’ve been pitching out there for two or three years,” Montemayor said Sunday. “It’s an awesome feeling to have so many upperclassmen behind you. It gives me no room to be nervous.”

Georgia, the No. 6 national seed, will play No. 11 seeded Baylor at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday on ESPNU. Baylor advanced after wins against Lehigh (4-0) and East Carolina twice (2-0, 1-0).