TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (Feb. 25) – Georgia Tech’s softball team fell twice Friday during the opening day of the the Bama Bash Tournament at the University of Alabama Softball Complex. The Yellow Jackets lost 8-3 to Drake and 9-3 to No. 20 Alabama. The losses dropped Tech to 8-5 on the season.
Senior all-ACC catcher Anne Knobbe tied the school record for home runs in a game with two against the host Crimson Tide. She blasted a solo home run in the fourth inning and a two-run shot in the sixth inning to supply the Jacket offense. In the team’s first game of the day, Knobbe hit a two-run home run in the first inning. She has hit five home runs this year with 17 RBI and now hit 28 career long balls.
Alabama out slugged Tech, using 17 hits to plate nine runs, including a three-run first inning to move ahead for good. Junior all-America centerfielder Kelly Kretschman ended the day 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI to pace the Crimson Tide.
The Jackets ended the game with five hits with Knobbe leading the way with a 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Senior pitcher Jamie Smith suffered the loss to fall to 4-3 on the season, after surrendering eight runs and 15 hits before giving way to freshman Tiffany Goodman in the sixth inning.
Tech took an early lead against Drake after Knobbe’s two-run blast in the top of the first frame. The Bulldogs, however, scored eight of the next nine runs including three in the bottom of the first inning as a pair of errors and wild pitches helped open the door. Junior second baseman Ellen Styer finished 2-for-3 at the plate for Tech. Freshman pitcher Tiffany Goodman fell to 4-2 on the year after yielding six runs on seven hits and three walks before being relieved by Smith.
On Saturday, Tech faces No. 3 Arizona at 10 a.m. CST, and No. 15 Depaul at 6 p.m.
Ga. Tech 210 000 0 -- 3 6 4Drake 311 102 x -- 8 12 0Goodman, Smith (5) and Knobbe. Stewart and Thevenote. W -- Stewart (2-0). L -- Goodman (4-2). HR -- Knobbe (GT) 1st, one on.Alabama 310 221 0 -- 9 17 0Ga. Tech 000 102 0 -- 3 5 0Bautista and Prejean. Smith, Goodman (6) and Knobbe. W -- Bautista (5-0). L -- Smith (4-3). HR -- Knobbe (GT) 4th, none on; 6th, one on.