ATLANTA (Mar. 4) – Georgia Tech exploded for 36 runs and 36 hits in defeating Radford in a non-conference softball doubleheader Saturday at Glenn Field. The Yellow Jackets won the first game 16-1 and the second contest 20-3 on their way to improving to 11-9 this year. The Highlanders dropped to 0-10 on the season.
Tech set the school record for total runs in a doubleheader by eclipsing the previous mark of 25, set against USC-Aiken on Feb. 25, 1990. The Jackets fell one hit shy of tying the school record for total hits in a doubleheader and did tie the school record for hits in a contest with 20 in the first game.
In the first contest, Tech tied the school record for hits in a game with 20 in defeating the Highlanders 16-1. Senior catcher Anne Knobbe led the way by going 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBI. She contributed a pair of RBI doubles, a single and a solo home run to total nine bases in four at bats. Freshman shortstop Lindsay Wood was 3-for-3 with three RBI and right fielder Kori Jacobson was 3-for-3, including a RBI triple.
The Jackets opened up the game with a seven-run second inning, with second baseman Ellen Styer contributing a two-RBI single to fuel the attack. Freshman pitcher Tiffany Goodman handcuffed the Highlanders with a complete-game three-hit effort, and lost a shut out bid when she gave up a home run to first baseman Laura Severino in the fourth inning. Goodman improved to 6-4 on the season.
Tech continued its torrid hitting in the second contest when it struck for nine runs in the first inning on the way to a 20-3 victory. First baseman Erin Hawley contributed a pair of bases-clearing triples, with one each in the first and fourth innings. Knobbe went 2-for-2 with four RBI, including with a two-RBI double in the first inning and a RBI double in the fourth inning. Wood contributed three RBI in the contest and leftfielder Jennifer Biggers went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI in her first start of the season.
Senior Jamie Smith improved 5-5 on the season by scattering four hits and allowing just one run after the first inning. Leftfielder Stacy Morioka had a solo home run for Radford in the top of the fifth inning and designated player Shelly Guy contributed a two-RBI double in the top of the first frame.
Tech heads to the West Coast for a game with St. Mary’s Thursday and the National Invitational Softball Tournament at San Jose State Friday-Sunday.