March 19, 2016
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Georgia Tech softball team (11-16) split a pair of games on the second day of the USF Clearwater Spring Break Tournament on Saturday evening. After a four-plus hour rain and lightning delay, the Jackets fell to Hartford (3-19), 4-3, and shutout LIU Brooklyn (11-18), 4-0.
How It Happened.
Game 1: Hartford 4, Georgia Tech 3
In the top of the first, Kelsey Chisholm walked, and Katie Krzus singled through the middle to move her to third. Krzus stole second and Chisholm scored on a fielding error by the shortstop on the throw down. Courtney Ziese singled through the left side to score Krzus from second and give Georgia Tech a 2-0 lead.
The Hawks countered in the bottom of the same frame with two runs on two hits to tie it 2-2. Hartford managed to gain the lead in the fourth inning, scoring one run on one hit.
In the top of the sixth with two outs, Krzus ripped her first collegiate career home run over the left field wall to tie the ballgame at 3-3.
The Hawks capitalized on two hits and a Georgia Tech error to plate the winning run in the bottom of the seventh and win, 4-3.
Emily Anderson (7-10) suffered the loss with four runs, three earned and four strikeouts in 6.1 innings pitched. Bianca Ross (1-7) of Hartford earned the win.
Game 2: Georgia Tech 4, LIU Brooklyn 0
Georgia Tech broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fourth. Kaylee Ellebracht and Maddie Lionberger singled and moved up a base on a passed ball. Samantha Pierannunzi was intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs. Chisholm stepped to the plate and capitalized with a blooper single to shallow center scoring both Ellebracht and Lionberger for the 2-0 lead.
The Jackets added a pair of runs in the fourth. Jordan Deep hit a leadoff pinch-hit single and pinch runner Sydney Stavro moved to second on a bunt by Jessica Kowalewicz. Stavro and Kowalewicz moved up on a wild pitch and a groundout by Lionberger scored Stavro.
Pierannunzi followed with a grounder to second, and Kowalewicz was under the tag at home for Georgia Tech’s fourth run of the game.
Jenna Goodrich (4-5) earned the win, pitching seven scoreless innings with five hits and four strikeouts. LIU Brooklyn’s Tallie Woodson (4-6) was pinned with the loss after giving up four runs on nine hits in a complete game effort.
“I thought we bounced back nicely from our first game loss,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “We need to continue to have a short term memory and trust our process. Maddie and Kelsey hit the ball well and came through in some clutch situations against LIU Brooklyn. I was happy with Jenna’s performance on the mound. She threw her game and was very effective.”
– Katie Krzus hit her first collegiate home run to tie the game at 3-3 against Hartford
– On the day, Krzus went 4-for-7 (.571) with two runs, a home run and an RBI
– Kelsey Chisholm went 3-for-6 with a run and two RBI on the day
– Maddie Lionberger and Courtney Ziese each had a pair of hits across the two games
Georgia Tech takes on Northwestern on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. to wrap up the USF Clearwater Spring Break Tournament.