April 3, 2010
ATLANTA – Junior Kristine Priebe hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and had six RBI as the No. 10/7 Georgia Tech Softball team (32-5, 8-1 ACC) beat Virginia Tech (13-23, 2-7), 9-1 in six innings Saturday afternoon to complete the series sweep at Mewborn Field. In the three games against the Hokies, Priebe went 6-for-10 with three home runs and 12 RBI.
Freshman Hope Rush picked up another complete game win for the Yellow Jackets and is now 18-3 on the season. She allowed one unearned run on two hits and a walk while fanning four. Redshirt senior Jen Yee hit her 19th home run of the season and was also intentionally walked two more times, bringing her season total up to 17. Sophomore Jessica Sinclair also added a pair of hits for Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets wasted no time in jumping on Hokie starting pitcher Kristin Graham. Yee led off with a home run to dead center field and a couple batters later, Priebe hit a two-run shot to left-center field. That would be the end of the day for Graham as Game Two starter Jasmin Harrell came into the game in relief and held the Tech bats at bay for much of the game.
The Jackets got another run in the second inning on a RBI single by sophomore Kate Kuzma, but Harrell did not allow another run until the sixth inning and retired seven batters in a row at one point.
Kristen Froehlich singled with one out in the fourth inning to deny Rush’s bid for a second straight no-hitter but Rush was in control for much of the game. She did allow an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning, however, as the Yellow Jackets committed three errors in the frame.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Tech poured on five more runs to enforce the run rule. With the bases loaded and two outs, Weseman reached on an error allowing the fifth Jacket run to score. That set the stage for Priebe as she ripped a 2-1 Harrell offering over the fence in left-center field and into the parking lot for her ninth homer of the season. It was her second multi-home run game of the year and third grand slam she has hit.
Georgia Tech continues its 12-game homestand when in-state rival Georgia visits Mewborn Field for the first game of a home-and-home series on Wednesday, April 7. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. Live video, audio and stats are available at www.RamblinWreck.com. The game will also be broadcast on WREK, 91.1 FM in Atlanta.