March 21, 2015
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Georgia Tech softball team dropped a doubleheader to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 6-1 and 13-0 in five innings, Saturday at Melissa Cook Stadium. With the loss, the Jackets fell to 11-18 overall and 4-7 in ACC action, while the Irish improved to 18-11 and 3-5 in league play.
The series finale is set for Sunday at 12 p.m. at Melissa Cook Stadium.
Game 1: Notre Dame 6, Georgia Tech 1
Samantha Pieranunnzi doubled in the top of the third for the first hit of the game and her fifth two-bagger of the season.
Notre Dame got on the board in the bottom of the same inning as Jenna Simon singled and scored on a single to left from Emilee Koerner. Karley Wester reached on a fielder’s choice and was brought home on a sacrifice fly by Katey Haus to give the Irish a 2-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, the Jackets strung together back-to-back singles by Courtney Ziese and Karly Fullem. A fielder’s choice on Morgan Taylor’s grounder put runners on the corners with one out and a sacrifice fly by Kelsey Chisholm scored pinch runner Chelsie Thomas to cut Notre Dame’s lead in half 2-1.
In the top of the fifth, Pierannunzi blasted her second double of the game to kick things off and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jessica Kowalewicz. With two outs and the tying run at third in Pierannunzi, Tech flew out to end the inning and strand the runner.
Notre Dame put up three runs in the fifth and added an insurance run in the sixth to secure the victory, 6-1.
Kylie Kleinschmidt (3-11) suffered the loss allowing six runs, three earned, with two walks and four strikeouts in 6.0 innings pitched.
Rachel Nasland (9-6) earned the win, surrendering one run on four hits in a complete-game effort.
Game 2: Notre Dame 13, GT 0 (5)
Notre Dame wasted little time in game two, getting on the board in the bottom of the opening frame thanks to a two-run home run from Haus.
The Fighting Irish ran away with the game, scoring 10 runs all with two outs in the second inning to go up 12-0. Notre Dame never looked back, winning 13 -0 in five innings.
Christina Biggerstaff (5-3) started the game, was relieved in the second inning and re-entered the game, pitching a total 2.2 innings with six runs on six hits. Emily Anderson pitched 1.1 innings with seven runs on seven hits.
Allie Rhodes (7-4) got the win, throwing 3.0 innings with three hits and Katie Beriont pitched the remaining 2.0 innings and allowed one hit.
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