April 28, 2012
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech softball team and Virginia Tech combined for seven home runs in a doubleheader split Saturday. Tech used three roundtrippers to take a 5-0 game one victory falling in game two 5-2 thanks to three Hokie long balls.
Kelsi Weseman was 3-for-4 on Senior Day for the Jackets with two of her three hits going out of the park. She gave Tech a 1-0 advantage on a solo shot in the fourth inning of game one, adding to the Jacket lead with another solo homer one inning later. Her two home runs on the day gives her 12 on the season and 54 in her career, putting her into a tie for second place on the career home runs list with Jen Yee.
Hope Rush, who also had one of Tech’s four home runs, blasted a three-run shot in the first game also picking up the game one victory. Rush pitched seven innings allowing just two hits and no runs. It was the eighth shutout of the season for Rush.
Kylie Kleinschmidtearned the game two loss for Georgia Tech pitching seven complete, allowing nine hits and five earned runs, all on home runs.
The Yellow Jackets used three roundtrippers to garner all of the runs that they would need for the game one victory. Weseman started the fourth inning off with a solo shot to left centerfield. Kate Kuzma and Alysha Rudnikfollowed the blast with back-to-back singles and they were both driven in with a booming shot over the right field wall by Rush to give Tech a 4-0 lead after four.
Weseman continued to produce in the fifth inning when she hit a laser shot out over the right field wall to give Tech a 5-0 lead. The homerun was her 12th of the season and 54th of her career which ties Jen Yeefor second all-time on the career home runs list.
The homeruns kept coming in game two when Virginia Tech got on top first as their first batter, Lauren Gaskill started things off with a solo shot off the scoreboard in left field. Georgia Tech evened things up at one-all when Shannon Bearblasted a shot over the left field wall, her eighth of the season.
But the Hokies pulled ahead once again on a two-run shot to deep centerfield by Kylie McGoldrick in the fifth inning and tacked on another couple runs thanks to a two-run homer to left by Courtney Liddle to make it a 5-1 advantage for Virginia Tech.
Georgia Tech got one back in the bottom of the seventh on a pinch hit up the middle by Danielle Dike to score her fellow senior Shannon Bearfrom second, but that would be all as Tech fell in the second game of the doubleheader by a 5-2 score.
The Jackets will be back in action tomorrow with their final regular season game of the year when they host the rubbermatch of this ACC series with Virginia Tech at 1 p.m.
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