Feb. 20, 2016
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech softball team (0-4) dropped a close game, 4-3, in eight innings to Ohio State (5-2) before falling 3-0 to Purdue (5-3) in a pitcher’s duel on the second day of the inaugural ACC/Big Ten Softball Challenge Saturday.
“I thought we played two tough games today. We fought,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “We just didn’t cash runners in and execute when we needed to. I thought we pitched well today overall, but we’ve got to finish. I thought we made really good adjustments from yesterday to today, and that’s a positive. Moving forward, continuing to get better on a daily basis and making adjustments is the key to getting better for the remainder of the season.”
How It Happened
Game 1: Ohio State 4, Georgia Tech 3 (8)
In the second Maddie Lionberger was hit by a pitch and Courtney Ziese reached on a Buckeye error. Freshman Kaylee Ellebracht stepped to the plate to rip her first collegiate hit, which was an RBI-single that scored Lionberger from second.
Jessica Kowalewicz added a run in the fourth with her first home run on the season- a solo shot to left in the with two outs. Ohio State tied it on a two-run HR in the bottom of the fourth. The Buckeyes added a run in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.
With two outs in the seventh, Samantha Pierannunzi singled up the middle and Kelsey Chisholm followed with a triple to score Pierannunzi and tie the game 3-3. The Buckeyes held on and hit a walk-off home run in the eighth to win 4-3.
Emily Anderson (0-2) suffered the loss and pitched seven innings with four runs on seven hits and five strikeouts. Ohio State used four pitchers in the win with Shelby McCombs (2-2) as the pitcher of record.
Game 2: Purdue 3, Georgia Tech 0
The game was a pitcher’s duel through six innings as neither team managed to score. In the top of the seventh, Purdue loaded the bases and Katie Harrison hit a bases-clearing double to give the Boilermakers the 3-0 lead.
Georgia Tech out-hit Purdue five to four, but couldn’t cash in base runners leaving 10 aboard.
Jenna Goodrich (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on four hits with four strikeouts in a complete-game effort. Purdue’s Lilly Fecho (4-1) picked up the win pitching seven innings with five hits.
– Kaylee Ellebracht went 2-for-4 with a double, single and RBI in game one
– Jessica Kowalewicz hit the Yellow Jackets’ first home run of the year against Ohio State
– Five different Yellow Jackets registered hits again Purdue
The Jackets wrap up the inaugural ACC/Big Ten Challenge with a 12:30 p.m. matchup on Sunday against Purdue.
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