April 21, 2013
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Georgia Tech softball team (22-25, 7-7 ACC) split a doubleheader at No. 25 North Carolina (35-15, 11-6) Sunday afternoon at Anderson Softball Stadium, falling in game one, 7-1, before earning its first win this season against a top-25 opponent in game two, 8-5.
Senior Hope Rush led Georgia Tech going 4-for-8 with two home runs and three RBI. Rush threw a complete game to pick up the 8-5 victory with five runs on seven hits. The Jackets have now won three of the last four games.
“Our approach in game two was to get up in the game and be on time,” head coach Sharon Perkins said. “We knew Ashley Bone would throw down in the zone and we tried to be on time for the outside to stay on it and drive it. We did a good job just putting the ball in play.”
The rubber game is set for Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU with Adam Amin and Amanda Scarborough on the call.
Game 1 – North Carolina 7, Georgia Tech 1
The Tar Heels put up a five-spot in the second inning to take a quick 5-0 lead on the Jackets. Jenna Kelly and Elisha Elliot scored when Kristen Brown stepped to the plate and rocked the first pitch from Kylie Kleinschmidt for a three-run bomb to left – the first home run of what would be three on the day for Brown.
North Carolina tacked on two more runs on RBI-singles courtesy of Amber Parrish and Kelly. UNC capped off its scoring in the next frame after the Tar Heels drew three walks to load the bases and Parrish roped a two-RBI single.
Tech’s lone run came in the fourth when Rush stroked a Lori Spingola offering over the centerfield wall to lead off the inning.
Kleinschmidt (5-5) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on 12 hits with two strikeouts.
Spingola (25-11) picked up the victory and sacrificed one run on four hits in a complete-game effort.
Game 2 – Georgia Tech 8, North Carolina 5
In game two it was Tech’s turn to jump out to a quick lead. The Jackets plated one run in the second after Caitlyn Coffey drew a bases loaded walk to score Courtney Ziese.
Georgia Tech exploded for five runs in the third frame. Katie Johnsky doubled in pinch runner Kelly Delashmit and Ziese. Coffey drew her second walk to load the bases and Ashley Thomas smoked a bases-clearing double to left to give Tech a 6-0 advantage.
Rush rocketed her team-leading 16th home run on the season in the fourth inning, which scored Alysha Rudnik, who doubled to lead off the stanza and made it 8-0 in Georgia Tech’s favor.
North Carolina broke through in the fourth inning when Brown hit her second long ball of the day. The Tar Heels continued to add one run in both the fifth and sixth innings.
UNC put together a small rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. Trailing 8-3, pinch hitter Kati Causey blasted a two-out two-run homer to left to pull North Carolina within three. The Tar Heels couldn’t gain any more momentum as Ziese made a diving catch against the back stop on a Aquilla Mateen foul ball to end the game.
Rush (12-12) threw all seven innings in the win with five runs on seven hits.
North Carolina used a trio of pitchers in the loss with Ashley Bone (6-4) as the pitcher of record. She tossed 2.2 innings and allowed five runs on six hits. Spingola pitched the next 1.1 innings and surrendered three runs on four hits. Constance Orr took over in the fifth and finished the game, holding Tech to just three hits.