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Jackets Rise Above Owls, 5-3

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech softball staved off Kennesaw State, 5-3, in the first matchup of a home-and-home series on Tuesday evening at Mewborn Field. The Yellow Jackets trailed after the first half inning, but responded by taking the lead in the bottom of the frame and maintaining control throughout the remainder of the game.

Kennesaw State (3-6) made noise early, swatting a two-run home run in the top of the first. Georgia Tech (5-5) came right back in its first opportunity at the plate, vaulting in front with three runs in the bottom half. Senior catcher Emma Kauf got the Yellow Jackets rolling with a single, stealing second to set up an RBI single off the bat of junior designated player Sara Beth Allen. The Owls loaded the bases by dinging and walking the next two batters, allowing junior first baseman Abby Hughes to stripe a two-RBI single in her first at-bat of the season, moving Tech ahead 3-2 after the first.

Following two scoreless innings, the Jackets tacked onto their lead in the fourth. With two down, freshman left fielder Paige Vukadinovich singled, setting up Kauf to launch her third dinger of the season, driving both runs home and pushing Tech further in front, 5-2.

Kennesaw State inched closer in the top of the sixth, loading the bases with a pair of singles and a walk before scoring on a wild pitch to trim the Yellow Jacket lead to 5-3. Sophomore right hander Kinsey Norton took over in the circle for starting senior slinger Chandler Dennis from there, closing out the game for her second save of the season and a 5-3 Georgia Tech triumph.

Game Notes

  • Kauf blasted her third home run of the season, tying the team lead on the year as she’s gone yard 25 times in her decorated career.
  • On top of her round tripper, Kauf was a perfect 2-for-2 on the day at the dish with two RBI and two runs scored.
  • Allen’s RBI single gave her a hit in five consecutive games this season. The Jackson County, Ga., native has gotten a hit in each game she’s made at least two plate appearances this season.
  • Allen is also tied for the team high streak in reaching base as she’s been successful in six straight games.
  • Hughes’ first plate appearance of the season proved to be impactful as she laced a two-RBI single.
  • Vukadinovich went an efficient 1-for-2 as she drew a walk and scored a run, currently owning a four-game hitting streak as she’s also tied with Allen in reaching base six consecutive games.
  • Four Yellow Jackets batted .500 or better on the day.
  • Dennis (3-3) got the start in the circle, earning her third win of the season as she allowed three runs on two hits in 5.1 innings of work.
  • Norton was effective once more in a save situation, tallying three strikeouts and surrendering just one hit in 1.2 innings pitched for her second save this year.

Up Next

Georgia Tech will hit the road for its first tournament away from The Flats, heading to the Queen City Classic. The White and Gold will open the tournament against Boston University (7-2) on Friday at 12:30 p.m. in Charlotte, N.C. Coverage information will be provided here.

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