ATLANTA (Apr. 15) — Held to eight hits on the afternoon, the Georgia Tech softball team (25-26, 3-5) dropped two games to Virginia (21-33, 2-2) Saturday afternoon, 4-2 and 4-1.
Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third as Johanna Kaiser led off the inning with a single to center field and later scored on a wild pitch by Jamie Smith. Tech took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth as Kori Jacobson singled and Beth Warren doubled to right field to drive in Jacobson. Warren advanced to third as second baseman Amy Peay threw the ball into the dugout, which allowed Warren to score.
But, the Cavaliers would bounce back and add three runs in their next at-bat as Kaiser led off with a single. After McCabe entered the game as a pinch-runner for Kaiser, she advanced to second on a sacrifice and then scored on a double from Meaghan Young. Peay followed with a double to left field, driving in Young, allowing Virginia to take a 3-2 lead. Ruby Rojas reached base on a error by Jamie Frost, allowing Peay to score the Cavaliers fourth run.
Jamie Smith received the loss for the Jackets and falls to 14-12 on the season. She pitched seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and walking two.
Stacey Zagol earned the win for the Cavaliers and her record improves to 9-11. In the second game of the afternoon, Virginia had nine hits and capitalized on four Yellow Jackets errors to win, 4-1.
The Cavaliers scored a run in the top of the second and third to lead 2-0. Karen Breshears led off the top of the second with a double to left field and then scored on an RBI single from Corinne Good. In the top of the third, two errors by Frost allowed a run for Virginia as Peay singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Breshears.
The Jackets closed the gap to 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth as Anne Knobbe belted her 16th homerun of the season and 39th of her career.
However, Virginia came back and increased their lead to 4-1 as they scored two runs in the top of the seventh. Rojas homered for the first run of the inning, and back-to-back-to-back singles by Kristen Dennis, Breshears, and Stephanie Calhoun scored the final Cavalier run.
Tiffany Goodman (11-14) took the loss for the Jackets as she allowed four runs on nine hits and walked one.
Kristen Dennis received the win for Virginia and improves to 5-11 this season.
Georgia Tech will return to action at 4 p.m. on Wednesday as they will travel to Starkville, Miss., to face Mississippi State in a single-game contest.