ATLANTA (April 5) – The Georgia Tech (22-22, 2-2) softball team swept visiting Georgia Southern (21-24, 2-2) in a doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon (4/5) by the scores of 2-1 and 4-0. Tech’s defense was impressive as they turned two double plays and saw the Eagles leave 10 runners left on base on the afternoon.
Game one saw the Jackets take an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Heather Sumrow reached on an error by the third baseman and then scored on a two-out RBI from Anne Knobbe. The Eagles later tied the game at one a piece in the top of the fourth on a lead-off home-run from designated hitter Jennifer Miller. Tech added the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth as second baseman Ellen Styer smashed a two-out double to left field and then score as third baseman Jamie Frost connected on an RBI single. Tiffany Goodman pitched seven strong innings for the Jackets earning the victory and improving her record to 11-12 on the season. Aimee Littlejohn received the loss for the Eagles.
The Yellow Jackets scored runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-0 advantage in game two. In the inning, Styer opened the inning with a single to right center and then stole second base. Frost followed with a single advancing Styer to third. Pinch hitter Erin Hawley then drove in Styer for the first run on a fielder’s choice to second base. Heather Sumrow reentered the game for Hawley and proceeded to steal second and then advance to third on an error by the shortstop on the throw, which allowed Frost to score. On the ensuing pitch, Sumrow scored on a wild pitch which bounced to the backstop.
Tech added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as catcher Anne Knobbe crushed her 15th home run on the season over the center field fence.
Senior Jamie Smith earned the victory and pitched her second shut-out of the season. She allowed only five hits, struck-out one, and improved her record to 11-10 on the season. Jennifer Miller took the loss for the Eagles allowing four runs on five hits and striking out four.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Glenn Field against #24 East Carolina (40-6).