STARKVILLE, MISS. (Apr. 19) – First baseman Erin Hawley had two hits on the afternoon and drove in a run, but it was not enough as the Georgia Tech (25-27) softball team fell to #20 Mississippi State (37-16) Wednesday afternoon, 3-2.
The Bulldogs scored a run in their first at-bat as Keri McCallum singled through the right side and later stole third and reached home on an error by catcher Anne Knobbe. Their lead increased to 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth Kasey Whitehead hit a two-out single up the middle to drive in two RBI.
Tech closed the gap as they scored two runs in the top of the fifth. Ellen Styer and Jamie Frost led off the inning with back-to-back singles and then Lauren Schwartz hit a single up the middle to score Styer. Schwartz would later score in that inning on an RBI single from Hawley.
Jamie Smith (14-13) received the loss for Tech as she pitched seven innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits.
Jennifer Nelson earned the victory for Mississippi State and improves to 7-1 on the year, while Jennifer Pursell received her fourth save of the season.
Georgia Tech will return to action this weekend as they will travel to take on conference opponent North Carolina at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday in Chapel Hill, NC.