March 26, 2017
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech softball (10-22) fell, 2-1, to the North Dakota State Bison (12-21) in the series finale on Sunday afternoon and Alumni Day.
“I thought Jenna [Goodrich] did a great job pitching in relief for us today,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “We’ve got to make quicker adjustments at the plate. We continued to fight and never gave up, and I love that. We have to go back to work in practice on Tuesday to get ready for Georgia State and then Virginia Tech.”
How It Happened
The Bison scored both of their runs in the second inning thanks to a two-run home run, prompting a pitching change for Georgia Tech.
Goodrich entered the circle in relief for starter Brooke Barfield, and held the Bison to just three hits through the final five innings.
Tech got on the board in the sixth inning as Jessica Kowalewicz smacked her sixth home run of the season to center field. Down by one, 2-1, in the bottom of the seventh, Draven Sonnon led off with a single, she moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Drew Puckett and took third on a ground out by Crosby Huckabay.
Poised with the tying run on third and two outs, the Jackets couldn’t keep the rally going and North Dakota State held on, handling a ground out to end the game.
Barfield (3-9) was pinned with the loss, throwing the first two innings with two runs on three hits. NDSU’s KK Leddy (3-6) earned the win, pitching a complete-game with one run on five hits.
The Jackets continue their six-game non-conference swing with a game against Georgia State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Mewborn Field on the ACC Network Extra.
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