April 8, 2015
ATHENS, Ga. — No. 12 Georgia scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to break up a pitcher’s duel to edge the Georgia Tech softball team, 3-0, Wednesday at Jack Turner Stadium. With the loss, the Yellow Jackets fell to 14-26 and the Bulldogs improved to 32-10 overall.
“I’m proud of the team performance tonight,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “We are making great strides as the season progresses, which will help us as ACC play continues. Kylie Kleinschmidt pitched a great game, holding a powerful offense to only a few hits.”
Kleinschmidt and Georgia pitcher Chelsea Wilkinson took a pitcher’s duel into the sixth inning with just three hits allowed between them. Kleinschmidt tallied five strikeouts in the game and moved to fourth all-time on Georgia Tech’s career list with 429 strikeouts.
Still scoreless headed to the bottom of the sixth inning Georgia broke through with a leadoff single by Cortni Emanuel, who scored on an RBI double on the following at bat from Sydni Emanuel. A sacrifice bunt moved Emanuel to third, and she scored on a sacrifice fly to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
Georgia managed another run to go up 3-0 before Maddie Lionberger made the third putout of the inning.
Kleinschmidt (5-17) was pinned with the loss, allowing three runs on four hits with five strikeouts.
Wilkinson (18-6) earned the win, pitching a complete-game with two hits allowed.
The Jackets continue ACC action and a 12-game road swing with three games at North Carolina April 11-12. Saturday’s doubleheader is set to begin at 12 p.m. and Sunday’s single game is slated for 1 p.m.
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