Georgia Tech Falls To North Carolina, 6-2, At ACC Tournament

May 9, 2013

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  – The Georgia Tech softball team fell to North Carolina, 6-2, Thursday night at JoAnee Graf Field in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. The Jackets closed out the season with a 25-30 overall record, while the Tar Heels improved to 39-18 and play host Florida State in the semifinals Friday at 3:30 p.m.

North Carolina laced three hits together in the top of the first to take a quick 1-0 lead. Haleigh Dickey reached base on a fielder’s choice that put two outs on the board. The Tar Heels followed with three base-hits that scored Dickey’s pinch runner Stephanie Krider.

The Tar Heels extended their lead to 4-0 in the next frame. Kristen Brown smoked an RBI-double to score leadoff Erin Satterfield, and Amber Parrish’ two-RBI single to left gave UNC the 4-0 advantage.

With one out in the fourth, Dickey drilled a solo shot to center to put North Carolina up 5-0.

Georgia Tech got on the board in the fifth inning as Ashley Thomas lined a base-hit to left with one out and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Hayley Downs, who leads the league in sacrifice bunts this season (12).

Alysha Rudnik stepped to the plate with two outs and roped a double to the wall in left, scoring Ashley Thomas. Katie Johnsky’s single to center brought Rudnik around to score and cut North Carolina’s lead to three, 5-2.

Dickey went yard again in the sixth inning to give North Carolina the final four-run margin.

Lori Spingola (29-12) limited the Jackets to two runs on five hits in a complete-game effort to pick up the victory.

Hope Rush (13-15) pitched six innings and allowed six runs on 11 hits.


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