BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 18) — Senior catcher Anne Knobbe (Brea, Calif.) went 3-4 with two solo home runs as she led Georgia Tech (15-16) to two victories over Samford (10-16), 6-4 and 4-2, on Saturday afternoon in Birmingham, Ala.
In game one, Knobbe led off the second inning with a solo shot to center field to give the Jackets a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs would take the lead in the bottom of the second as Amanda Haugh had an RBI single and Brianne Mertens stole home for a 2-1 advantage.
However, in the top of the fourth, the Yellow Jackets would strike again as first baseman Erin Hawley blasted a three-run home run to make the Georgia Tech lead 5-3. Georgia Tech added one more run in the fifth to increase their lead to 6-3. Samford would strike in the bottom of the fifth by adding one run, but it was not enough as the Yellow Jackets held on to win, 6-4.
Tiffany Goodman earned the win for Tech and improved her record to 7-8 on the season. In extra innings, the Yellow Jackets claimed game two of the afternoon, 4-2. The Bulldogs claimed an early 1-0 lead as Michelle Ashley drove in Linda Tehranchi on a RBI single.
Georgia Tech would answer with a run of their own in the top of the fourth as Knobbe connected on her second solo home run on the day. The Yellow Jackets scored again in the top of the sixth to even the score at 2-2 as Heather Sumrow reached on an error by the third baseman and then scored on a past ball in the inning.
With the game tied 2-2 after seven regulation innings of play, Tech scored two runs on a sacrifice fly by Sumrow and an RBI single by Lauren Schwartz.
Samford would threated to score in their at-bat, as they had runners on first and second with no outs, but Jamie Smith (8-7) held on for the victory.
The Yellow Jackets return to Atlanta and host Maryland in their Atlantic Coast Conference opener in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Glenn Field.