March 7, 2010
WOODSTOCK, Ga. – The No. 12/9 Georgia Tech Softball team (18-2) defeated Dartmouth (1-5), 8-1, and Mississippi (13-8), 1-0, Sunday afternoon to win the 2010 Buzz Classic. A RBI single by freshman Caitlin Jordan was all freshman pitcher Hope Rush needed in the finale against Ole Miss. Rush tossed a two-hit shutout as she struck out five and did not walk a batter.
Redshirt senior Jen Yee was 3-for-4 with her 13th home run of the season against Dartmouth, but saw her 19-game hitting streak come to an end against the Rebels as she was 0-for-1 with two walks. Sophomore Shannon Bear hit her first home run of the season against Dartmouth as well.
Yee wasted no time in putting Tech on top 1-0 in the first inning against the Big Green. Her solo home run was her 13th of the season and extended her hitting streak to 19. The Yellow Jackets then added two more runs in the second to make it a 3-0 game. Sophomore Kelsi Weseman had a RBI single and another run scored on an error by the Dartmouth first baseman after an infield single by junior Christy Jones.
The Yellow Jackets added two more runs in the top of the fourth. After Dartmouth pitcher Hillary Barker got the first two outs of the inning on two pitches, a single by Jones and walks by Weseman and Yee loaded the bases. That’s when Rush drove in two more runs with a single trough the left side an 0-2 pitch. Barker did get sophomore Danielle Dike to fly out to center field with the bases loaded to keep the Big Green in the game.
Dartmouth got on the board when Leigha Clarkson led off the fourth inning with a solo home run. It was the first hit of the game for the Big Green against sophomore pitcher Jessica Coan. Tech got the run back in the top of the fifth inning as sophomore Shannon Bear hit a two-run home run to left field. It was her first home run of the season.
The Yellow Jackets capped their scoring with a run on an error in the sixth inning.
Coan (5-0) got the win as she allowed the one run on one hit. She walked three and struck out six in four innings of work. Junior Kristen Adkins picked up her first save of the season as she pitched three scoreless innings of relief. She allowed one hit and struck out three.
Game two against Ole Miss was a pitcher’s duel between Rush and Becky Nye. The two teams combined for just four hits (two apiece) as Tech scored the only run of the game in the third inning. Two-out walks to Yee and Rush were followed by a RBI single off the bat of freshman Caitlin Jordan giving Tech a 1-0 lead and that was all Rush would need.
Rush kept the Ole Miss batters off balance all game as she did not issue a walk and scattered a pair of bloop singles. Rush recorded five strikeouts and needed just 84 pitches for her third shutout of the season.
Nye was equally impressive as she gave up one run on two hits as well. She walked four and fanned five. Jordan and junior Kristine Priebe had the Tech hits. Yee saw her hitting streak end at 19 games, but she did walk twice in three plate appearances.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action on Tuesday, March 9 for a single game at Georgia State. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. Live audio and stats will be available at www.RamblinWreck.com.