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@GaTechSoftball Splits Doubleheader with NC State

March 28, 2015

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THE FLATS — The Georgia Tech softball team (12-22, 5-9 ACC) split a pair of games with NC State (18-13, 5-3) Saturday afternoon for the Yellow Jackets’ StrikeOut Cancer Games. The Jackets won game one, 5-3, in come-back fashion, before falling in game two, 7-1. The rubber game is set for Sunday at 12 p.m.

“It’s a really neat day for us and I’m glad we were able to honor those women and men who have battled breast cancer, especially the women who threw out first pitches today. It really hits home to our softball family and it was really great to have them out there today.

Kelsey Chisholm is seeing the ball really well. She hit the ball really well in practice this week and today in the games. I thought Emily Anderson came in and did a great job after she settled in. We have to keep their hitters off balance and we have to make quicker adjustments on their pitcher, Emily Weiman.”

Game 1: Georgia Tech 5, NC State 3
Down 3-1 in the sixth inning, the Yellow Jackets scored four runs on three hits to take the lead 5-3 and snap a seven-game skid.

Chelsie Thomas walked and Katie Johnsky doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs. Karly Fullem’s grounder scored Thomas and an infield single by Jessica Kowalewicz loaded the bases.

The stage was set for Chisholm, who came through with a bases-clearing double to left to give Georgia Tech the lead, 5-3.

The Jackets got on the board in the bottom of the fourth as Johnsky drew a leadoff walk to start things off. Courtney Ziese stepped in the box and smacked a first-pitch double to center, bringing home Johnsky.

The Wolfpack struck first in the game on a three-run home run by Molly Hutchinson in the third inning.

After the home run, Georgia Tech starter Kylie Kleinschmidt (4-14) pitched four hitless, scoreless innings to earn the win. Kleinschmidt surrendered three runs on three hits while striking out 11 batters in a complete-game effort.

NC State’s Weiman (12-9) allowed five runs on four hits in six innings pitched, and was pinned with the loss.

Game 2: NC State 7, Georgia Tech 1
The Wolfpack wasted little time in game two and jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening stanza. A bases loaded wild pitch brought in a run and a double by Maggie Hawkins scored two more to give the Wolfpack a 3-0 lead. A single up the middle from Morgan Medford scored Hawkins to put NC State up 4-0.

Emily Anderson entered the game to pitch for Tech in the second inning, relieving starter Christina Biggerstaff. NC State added three runs in the second to stretch its lead to 7-0.

After the second frame, Anderson settled in and limited the Pack to two hits through five innings.

The Jackets got on the board thanks to Chisholm’s fourth home run of the season — a leadoff shot to left in the third inning.

Biggerstaff (5-4) suffered the loss, allowing six runs on four hits. Anderson pitched six innings with just one run on two hits and six strikeouts.

Weiman pitched the complete second game and gave up just one run on two hits.

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