March 6, 2016
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Georgia Tech softball team (5-11, 1-2 ACC) fell 5-4 in the series finale at Louisville (13-6, 2-1) Sunday afternoon at Ulmer Stadium.
How It Happened
Louisville got on the board first in the bottom of the third, 1-0. The Cardinals were poised to score again with runners on first and third with two outs, but Georgia Tech picked off the runner at first to get out of the inning. The Cards added to their lead in the fifth inning with two runs on four hits to take a 3-0 lead.
With one out, Samantha Pierannunzi’s team-leading third home run of the season gave Georgia Tech its first run of the game in the top of the sixth inning.
Kelsey Chisholm followed with a walk, moved to second on a bunt single from Draven Sonnon and made it to third on a Louisville throwing error on Sonnon’s hit. Georgia Tech had runners on the corners with one out when Courtney Ziese’s hit brought in Chisholm to trim Louisville’s lead to one, 3-2.
With the bases loaded and two outs, freshman Katie Krzus stepped to the plate and, after fouling off a handful of pitches, she laced one to center field to plate two runners, giving Georgia Tech a 4-3 lead.
The Cardinals regained the lead, 5-4, on a 2-RBI single by Marissa Becker in the bottom of the sixth.
Emily Anderson (4-7) was pinned with the loss after surrendering five runs in six innings pitched. Becker (5-3) earned the win, while Megan Hensley got the save.
“I thought we made good adjustments at the plate toward the end of the game,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “Emily [Anderson] pitched every inning, and I feel defensively we’ve got to give more than we think we can give, especially when one pitcher is pitching every single pitch of a series. Moving forward, we’ve got to stay in every pitch and every at bat even more than we did this weekend.
“We fought and I love our resiliency. I thought overall we played good this weekend. We’ve got to keep working.”
– Colleen Darragh smacked a leadoff double to right center in the third inning for Georgia Tech’s first hit of the game
– Georgia Tech hit six doubles on the weekend
– Samantha Pierannunzi hit her third home run of the season
– Katie Krzus went 2-for-3 with two RBI
– Four different Yellow Jackets crossed the plate for Georgia Tech – Pierannunzi, Chisholm, Sydney Stavro and Jessica Kowalewicz
The Yellow Jackets return home to host Boston College for a three-game series March 12-13. Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. and the single game Sunday begins at 12 p.m.
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