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Jackets Drop Doubleheader to No. 15 Hokies, Late Game One Rally Falls Shy

Game One Box Score | Game Two Box Score

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Georgia Tech softball (13-22) surrendered a pair of games to No. 15 Virginia Tech (27-7) on Saturday, falling 4-3 in game one despite scoring three runs to put the tying run on second in the bottom of the seventh and dropping 10-4 in game two at Tech Softball Park in Blacksburg, Va.

Game One: Virginia Tech struck early, adding a pair of runs on an RBI double and a wild pitch in the bottom of the first. The Hokies inched further ahead in the third with a solo shot and slapped a sacrifice fly in the fourth to move ahead, 4-0. Both sides were contained at the plate for the next pair of innings, but the Jacket bats came alive with their backs against the wall in the top of the seventh. Senior outfielder Cameron Stanford and senior infielder Tricia Awald kicked off the rally by opening the inning with back-to-back singles. Cleanup hitter Crosby Huckabay stepped in the box next and put Georgia Tech on the board with an RBI double. Sophomore utility player Emma Kauf followed with a sacrifice fly to left, trimming the Hokie lead to two. Senior catcher Bianca Mora next punched through an RBI infield single to bring the Jackets within one, but Virginia Tech closed the door soon after to sneak away with the 4-3 win.

Game Two: Virginia Tech once again got on the board first, tallying four runs on a three-run homerun and an RBI single in the bottom of the second. Georgia Tech took one back in the top of the third behind an RBI single from Stanford, but the Hokies answered in the bottom half with five more runs. Virginia Tech took its 9-1 lead on an array of singles, an RBI double and a two-RBI triple, but the Yellow Jackets continued to fight back, getting a run back as sophomore pinch runner Ariella Jackson snuck home on an RBI groundout by senior catcher Bianca Mora in the fourth. With two runners on after senior utility player Breanna Roper doubled and Stanford singled, Awald sent home Roper on an RBI double in the top of the fifth. Senior outfielder Crosby Huckabay next lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, sending home sophomore pinch runner Meghan Cassidy to cut Virginia Tech’s lead to five. The Hokies added one final insurance run in the bottom of the frame, scoring on an error and hanging on the last two innings for the 10-4 win.

Game Notes

  • In game two of the doubleheader, Georgia Tech had four players bat .500 or better (Stanford, Awald, Roper and Kauf).
  • Stanford led the way through game one, going a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI. Awald went 2-for-4 with an RBI while Roper also went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Kauf finished 2-for-3.
  • On the day, Stanford and Kauf each batted above .600. Stanford finished 4-for-6 with an RBI while Kauf went 3-for-5 with an RBI of her own, posting an .800 slugging percentage.
  • Sophomore righty Blake Neleman followed her complete game victory on Friday by tossing 5 2/3 innings and tallying five strikeouts while allowing just two runs in game one Saturday.
  • Junior right-hander Lexi Ray put forth a solid performance in the circle in game two of the day, putting in 3 1/3 innings of work without allowing a single earned run.

Up Next

The Yellow Jackets and Hokies will wrap up the series with the finale on Sunday at noon. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.

Softball at Virginia Tech

APRIL 16, 2021 - BLACKSBURG, VA. (DAVE KNACHEL/VIRGINIA TECH PHOTOS)

Highlights

Game One

Game Two

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