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Georgia Tech Topples Georgia State to Conclude Buzz Classic

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THE FLATS – Georgia Tech softball (5-0) took care of crosstown foe Georgia State to wrap up the 2021 Buzz Classic on Sunday. The Jackets trounced the Panthers 8-0 through five innings for a mercy-rule victory as they continue to improve upon their best start to a season since 2013.

Georgia Tech made the first noise at the plate as senior first baseman Tricia Awald cracked an RBI single to center field in the bottom of the first. The Yellow Jackets came back stronger in the second, scoring three more runs. Junior infielder Bailee Zeitler drove in two of those runs as she notched her first hit of the season in a two-RBI blast. A double steal later in the inning allowed freshman infielder Jin Sileo to sneak home to give Tech a 4-0 lead.

To open the bottom of the third, Awald continued the Yellow Jacket momentum by roping a solo shot over left center. Zeitler came up big once again shortly after, doubling down the left-field line to put Georgia Tech up by six. The Jackets added another run to their tally in the fourth behind a sac fly from senior outfielder Kennedy Cowden before fellow senior outfielder Cameron Stanford closed the game with an RBI single to right field for the 8-0 mercy-rule victory in five innings.

Game Notes

  • Georgia Tech is off to its best start since 2013 after an undefeated weekend.
  • The Yellow Jackets were active on the basepath, stealing five bases on the day, which marked the third most in a game since 2008.
  • Sophomore pitcher Blake Neleman turned in another strong performance in the circle, pitching her second straight shutout. The Marietta, Ga., native has allowed just one run and eight hits through 17 innings of work while piling up 29 strikeouts on the weekend. Neleman tallied 10 strikeouts with just two hits allowed on the day.
  • Zeitler got going at the dish for the first time this season, going 3-for-3 with a homerun, three RBI and two runs scored in the game.
  • Awald also saw success at the plate, hitting the game’s other homerun while going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
  • Through the weekend, Kauf and Cowden led the Jackets at the plate. Kauf has batted .692, going 9-for-13 with four doubles, two homeruns and seven RBI. Cowden is batting .545 with three homeruns and 14 RBI.

Up Next

Georgia Tech will be back in action on Thursday, hosting No. 12 Florida State in a doubleheader with games at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The games will be televised on the ACC Network.

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