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Jackets Split Doubleheader with Trojans

Game One Box Score | Game Two Box Score

TROY, Ala. – Georgia Tech softball (14-24) split a doubleheader with Troy at the Troy Softball Complex on Wednesday, being propelled by a four-run fifth inning in game one by way of a pair of two-run homeruns for a a 4-2 win before dropping game two, 9-5.

Senior first baseman Tricia Awald led the Jacket bats through the day with two homeruns for four RBI while sophomore pitcher Blake Neleman turned in Tech’s best performance in the circle, picking up her seventh complete game win on the year while piling up a season-high tying 10 strikeouts in seven innings of work.

Game One: In a pitcher’s duel early, Troy drove in the first run of the game on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the third. Georgia Tech responded in the fifth as the Jacket bats came alive to knock a pair of two-run bombs. Freshman infielder Jin Sileo got the Jackets started with her fourth dinger of the season before Awald’s opposite field smash furthered the lead to 4-1. The Trojans trimmed the Yellow Jacket lead to two with an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth, but Neleman closed out the final frame with her season-high tying 10th strikeout for the 4-2 Georgia Tech win.

Game Two: Troy once again got started early, this time moving ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout. Georgia Tech clapped back in the following frame, jumping ahead 2-1 on an RBI single courtesy of freshman infielder Mallorie Black and a fielder’s choice that scored sophomore outfielder Kennedy Cowden from third. Troy answered with four more runs to move back ahead 5-2 in the bottom half, capitalizing on a pair of Jacket miscues for two runs and adding another pair on a single and a double play before Tech got out of the inning. The Jackets inched closer in the fourth with an RBI double off the bat of Black that scored junior infielder Bailee Zeitler, but Troy added four more runs through the fourth and fifth innings to maintain control. Awald cracked her second two-run bomb of the day in the top of the seventh, but that was the final gasp for Tech as Troy came away with the 9-5 game two win.

Up Next

Georgia Tech is currently scheduled to face Virginia next in a four-game ACC series April 30-May 1 at Mewborn Field to finish off the regular season. Any further schedule updates will be provided on RamblinWreck.com.

Highlights

Game One

Game Two

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