March 3, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Georgia Tech softball team (6-11, 0-1 ACC) fell 4-0 to No. 1/2 Florida State (15-1-1, 1-0) in the teams’ ACC opener on Friday evening at JoAnne Graf Field. Game two of the series begins Saturday at 1 p.m.
How It Happened
The Seminoles had a chance to get on the board in the second inning with the bases loaded and no outs. Georgia Tech pitcher Emily Anderson battled back with back-to-back strikeouts and a forced ground out to get out of the jam unscathed.
After two scoreless innings, the Seminoles broke the game open with four runs on three hits in the third inning to take a 4-0 lead. Anderson shut the door following the frame and didn’t pass second base for the remainder of the game.
Freshman Rebecca Prairie registered Tech’s hit in the game, a single to left center in the second inning. Samantha Pierannunzi tallied her team-leading and third-best in the ACC 11th walk, and Jessica Kowalewicz also added a walk.
Anderson (0-4) suffered the loss throwing a complete game with four runs on 10 hits with six strikeouts. Florida State’s Jessica Burroughs (8-1) earned the win, throwing a complete-game.
“We faced the top team in the country, but we have to make quicker adjustments from at bat to at bat,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “Defensively, we had a breakdown for an inning. They’ve got a good line up from top to bottom with speed and power. We threw three base runners out against some of the top base stealers in the country, and I’m proud of the team for that. We have to come back and compete tomorrow.”
-The Jackets were second in the ACC heading into the game in walks and added a pair against the Seminoles
-Tech was second in the ACC in sacrifice hits and added one against the Seminoles off the bat of Colleen Darragh
-Kaylee Ellebracht and Kelsey Chisholm connected to catch three runners stealing against a Florida State team that had only been caught nine times total this season heading into the game
-The last time Tech caught three runners stealing was against Virginia on March 10, 2012
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