ATLANTA (March 15) – Senior Anne Knobbe went 5-8, including three home runs and five RBI in a double-header split between Georgia Tecfh (13-16) and Indiana University (6-13). Georgia Tech jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the game as Ellen Styer connected on a single to center field to drive in center fielder Lauren Schwartz.
Indiana would take the lead in the top of the second as Carriger homered over the center field fence and picked up two RBI.
However, that would be the last lead Indiana would have in game one, as the Jacket offense exploded in the bottom of the fourth for six runs. In that inning, rightfielder Kory Jacobson started the rally with a lead-off single, followed by and RBI single by third baseman Jamie Frost. Center fielder Lauren Schwartz picked up a 2 RBI double and then Knobbe shelled a drive over the left field wall to drive in three RBI.
Senior Jamie Smith picked up the win for the Yellow Jackets and improved to 7-7 on the season. She pitched seven innings for the Jackets, giving up three runs on six hits and striking out three.
In game two, the Yellow Jackets’ offense continued to be productive as they out-hit the Hoosiers 14-10, but it was not enough as Indiana held on to a 7-5 victory. Georgia Tech took an early 2-0 lead behind Knobbe’s second home run on the afternoon. First baseman Erin Hawley continued the hitting as she picked up a double, followed by an RBI single by Frost.
Indiana came back in the top of the third to put six runs on five hits on the board and held on to their lead for good.
Heather Suca led off the inning with a double to left field and then advanced to thrid on a single by Stormy Hanson. Jessica Carriger then singled to drive in Suca. Pitcher Teresa Martinez then walked to load the bases. First baseman Monica Zahasky singled to drive in Hanson. Georgia Tech pitcher Tiffany Goodman than walked in a run as Trisha Boyd advanced to first on four-straight balls. Goodman then gave up a single to Staci Meek, which scored three runs on a fielding error after the hit.
The Yellow Jackets kept themselves in the game by scoring in the bottom of the fourth and adding two in the bottom of the seventh, but it did not prove to be enough.
Goodman took the loss for the Yellow Jackets and falls to 6-9 on the season. The freshman pitched only four innings, allowing six runs, six hits and three bases on balls.
Georgia Tech will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to face Samford University in a doubleheader on Saturday at 3 pm EST.