April 20, 2018
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech softball (23-21, 8-8 ACC) tacked on an early lead but was unable to overcome a strong fourth inning from North Carolina (27-21, 14-5 ACC) in Friday night’s series opener at Mewborn Field, falling 4-2.
How it happened:
Tech found its way onto the board first. Tied at 0-0 in the bottom of the second, senior Kelsey Chisholm drew a walk to reach base. Freshman Lilly Hooper lofted one over the center fielder’s head in right center for stand-up, RBI double, bringing around Chisholm from first to put Tech up 1-0.
In the circle for the Jackets, senior Emily Anderson held the Tar Heels scoreless through the first three innings. North Carolina loaded the bases with one out in the top of the fourth and Anderson hit a batter to bring in the runner from third to tie the game at 1-1. With the bases still loaded, a double to right field plated two, giving North Carolina the lead at 3-1. A squeeze bunt brought in the runner from third to add the fourth score for the Tar Heels.
The Jackets added to their tally in the bottom of the sixth. Trailing 4-1 with one out and no one on, freshman Cameron Stanford hit her seventh dinger of the season over left field to bring the tally to 4-2. That is where the score would stay as the Jackets’ rally came up short.
The Jackets continue the series on Saturday with game two at 1 p.m. The game is set to be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.