The Georgia Bulldogs entered Sunday needing a pair of wins against the Baylor Bears to make it to the 2011 Women's College World Series. One down, one to go, as UGA asserted itself to the tune of a 14-2 mercy-rule win in Game 1. Jolting home runs left and right, Georgia played like Georgia after mustering just a single run Saturday night.
Baylor's Whitney Canion gave up three home runs by the third inning, beginning a string of pitching changes for the Bears. Canion is expected to return for the afternoon's decisive Game 3. Likewise, UGA ace Morgan Montemayor had a seat early in advance of the rubber match.
And that fourth inning. Oh, the fourth inning. The Bulldogs hammered out a 10-run half-frame that included, among other things, Laura Trout's first home run of the year. Baylor responded by loading the bases and bringing in a couple runs, but never enough to put the mercy rule win in jeopardy.