Feb. 17, 2018
THE FLATS — Despite an early lead, Georgia Tech softball (1-5) fell to No. 22 Nebraska (8-1) 7-3 on Saturday afternoon at Mewborn Field as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Tournament play wraps up on Sunday when Tech hosts a rematch with Indiana at 12:30 p.m.
Head coach Aileen Morales says:
“Nebraska is a top 25 team, and we didn’t play good enough defense to help ourselves win. Anytime you have four errors in a game that is difficult to overcome. I was proud of Cameron Stanford making her first collegiate appearance. She did a solid job for four innings against some very tough Nebraska hitters.”
How it happened:
The Jackets made their way onto the board first, scoring three in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Crosby Huckabay sent one out over the left field fence, scoring freshman Skye Webb and sophomore Rebecca Prairie. Webb reached base on a walk, and Prairie reached on a fielder’s choice but an error on the pitcher landed Webb safe at second.
The Huskers responded in the second, six runs to take the lead with freshman Naomi Dickerson in the circle. Freshman Cameron Stanford replaced Dickerson in the top of the third for her collegiate debut in the circle and the Alpharetta native would hold the Huskers to two hits and one run off a homer sent over the left field fence to tally Nebraska’s final run. Stanford pitched four innings and senior Emily Anderson replaced the freshman in the top of the seventh to finish out the game. The Jackets couldn’t rally in the seventh and Dickerson was landed with the loss.
Tech finishes out the Big Ten/ACC Challenge tomorrow, hosting Indiana at 12:30 p.m. at Mewborn Field. The game will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra. The Mew will also play host to a neutral site game between Nebraska and Boston College at 10 a.m.