March 13, 2013
THE FLATS – The No. 25 Georgia softball team (18-7) scored 11 runs on 10 hits in the top of the seventh en route to a 14-1 win over Georgia Tech (13-13) Wednesday night. Junior Ashley Thomas scored the lone run for Tech in the first inning.
The 13-run margin of victory was the largest in the all-time series between the two teams, since the Jackets fell 10-0 in five innings on April 28, 1999 in Atlanta. It also marked the first time the Jackets lost by 13 or more runs since they fell 16-0 in five innings against Indiana State on March 1, 1997.
The Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning. Georgia batted around in the top of the frame before there was an out and all nine batters scored.
Georgia Tech pushed its only run across the plate in the first inning. Ashley Thomas singled and extended her hitting streak to 25 games. Alysha Rudnik followed that up with a single and Ashley Thomas moved to third. She scored on a groundout by Katie Johnsky.
The Bulldogs knotted the game 1-1 in the top of the second and the tie lasted for three innings until Georgia scored two runs on a double courtesy of Christine Olney that plated Kaylee Puailoa and Tess Sito.
Georgia Tech starter Hope Rush (6-8) pitched 6.0 innings and allowed six runs on eight hits. Ashley Clifton entered the game in the seventh inning with no outs and the bases loaded. She threw the remaining frame, allowing eight runs on seven hits and two walks.
Geri Ann Glasco (10-1) earned the win for Georgia. She pitched 6.0 innings and allowed one run on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts.
The Jackets begin a six-game road trip Tuesday with a twin bill at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Action begins at 2 p.m. CT.