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Jackets Conquer Trojans, 8-1

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech softball (32-12, 11-10 ACC) blew by Troy (25-14, 11-7 SBC) for an 8-1 victory on Tuesday at Mewborn Field. The Yellow Jackets cranked three home runs, tying their season high, while containing the Trojans to allow just two hits on the day.

Junior left fielder Auburn Dupree was the most efficient for Tech at the dish going 3-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases and runs scored to boot, but three Jackets in sophomore third baseman Mallorie Black, graduate first baseman Tricia Awald and sophomore catcher Sandra Beth Pritchett each went yard to build up the lead for the White and Gold.

Tech’s one-two punch of junior right handers Blake Neleman and Chandler Dennis locked down the circle, collectively tossing a no hitter through 5 2/3 innings. Neleman got the start as she threw four innings and picked up six punchouts while surrendering no runs to earn her 13th win on the year. Dennis closed out the final three innings, giving up just two hits and adding four strikeouts on the way to her second save of the season.

The Jackets got rolling in the bottom of the third as a leadoff single by Dupree was followed by a two-run bomb from Black. The Trojans cut the lead in half in the following frame, but Tech responded with two more scores in the bottom half. Pritchett got a two-out rally started with a solo shot, and a walk followed by back-to-back singles from Dupree and freshman center fielder Ella Edgmon drove in another to move the move the White and Gold ahead, 4-1. The bomb squad continued in the fifth as Awald clubbed Tech’s third dinger of the day, and the Jackets tallied three more runs in the sixth on a pair of bases loaded walks and a groundout. Dennis wrapped things up in the top of the seventh, sealing an 8-1 triumph for the home squad.

Game Notes

  • Georgia Tech has now won seven of its last eight games.
  • The White and Gold own five consecutive victories.
  • The Jackets are currently 21-6 at home this year.
  • Tech’s three dingers on the day tied a season-high previously matched against Notre Dame and ETSU.
  • Awald barreled her 44th career home run, moving up to a team-high eight on the season.
  • Black belted her third longball of the season and her career.
  • Pritchett sent her first career collegiate home run into orbit.
  • Already the nation’s leader in walks and third in program history in walks through a season, Awald added two more for 44 this year.
  • Neleman earned her 13th win of the season on the day, tying Dennis for the team lead.
  • Neleman also surpassed 350 career strikeouts in the contest, moving up to 355 to date.
  • Dennis’ second save marked Tech’s sixth save credited this year.

Up Next

Georgia Tech will skip across town to take on Georgia State (16-23, 6-9 SBC) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Bob Heck Softball Complex.

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