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Jackets Cap I-75 Challenge with 5-1 win over Rider

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 THE FLATS – Cameron Stanford hit her second home run of the season, Bailee Zeitler drove in two runs and starter Blake Neleman pitched five innings of one-run ball as Georgia Tech defeated Rider, 5-1, to cap off the I-75 Challenge, Sunday at Mewborn Field.

How it Happened: Zeitler cashed in the first run of the game for the Yellow Jackets with an RBI single to score Breanna Roper in the second. Tech scored another in the third on some smart base running, completing a double steal, with Stanford taking home while Kennedy Cowden stole second. Tricia Awald followed by driving in Cowden with a single to put the Jackets up 3-0. After Rider got on the board with one in the fifth, Stanford answered with a solo shot to left to put the Jackets up 4-1. Zeitler added insurance in the sixth with an RBI single that scored Roper again, and Brooke Barfield closed the door with two scoreless innings, earning her first save of the season. Blake Neleman was excellent again for the Jackets, striking out four while allowing just one run in five innings to earn her sixth win of the year.

Up next, Georgia Tech travels to Athens for a midweek match up with No. 14 Georgia on Wednesday, with a 6 p.m. first pitch.

Game Notes

  • Freshman Blake Neleman won all four games she started this week, striking out 32 batters while finishing with an ERA of 0.85 and holding opponents to a .161 average.
  • Freshman Caroline Davis started three games this weekend, hitting her first career home run while going 5-for-8 at the plate.
  • Crosby Huckabay hit her first two home runs of the season and drove in five runs to lead Georgia Tech this weekend.
  • Georgia Tech finished the week 4-2.


Cameron Stanford hits a solo shot to extend the Jackets’ lead

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