May 7, 2011
ATLANTA – Junior Kelsi Weseman went 6-for-7 with two doubles, a triple, home run and seven RBI as the No. 19/17 Georgia Tech softball team (44-8, 18-1 ACC) swept Florida State (26-26, 8-10), 11-3 in five innings and 7-2 on Saturday afternoon at Mewborn Field. The wins extended Tech’s ACC record winning streak in conference series’ to 24.
Senior Christy Jones and freshman Ashley Thomas each had four hits as Thomas added five RBI and extended her career-high hitting streak to 11 games. Senior Kristine Priebe added three hits and two RBI as the Yellow Jackets out-hit Florida State 18-7 on the day.
Game one saw the Yellow Jackets score 10 earned runs off FSU ace Sarah Hamilton en route to an 11-3 win in five innings. Junior Kelsi Weseman led the offense going 3-for-3 with her 20th home run of the season and five RBI. She was a double shy of the cycle. Freshman Ashley Thomas went 2-for-3 with two RBI while senior Christy Jones and junior Jessica Sinclair added two hits apiece. Senior Kristen Adkins (20-5) picked up the win as she allowed three earned runs on five hits with three walks and a strikeout.
In game two, the Yellow Jackets scored seven unanswered runs as they went on to a 7-2 win to complete the sweep. Weseman was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI while Jones, Thomas and Priebe added two hits apiece. Freshman Lindsey Anderson (12-0) went the distance as she scattered five hits, walked three and struck out seven.
In game one, the Yellow Jackets erupted for seven runs in the second inning off Florida State ace Sarah Hamilton. Tech loaded the bases with no outs on a walk, single and hit batsman. Junior Jessica Sinclair gave the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead with a RBI single to left field and two batters later, freshman Ashley Thomas drove in two runs with a single to right field. Then on the next pitch, Weseman blasted a three-run home run to left-center field to put Tech up 7-0. It was her team-high 20th home run of the season as she became the sixth different Yellow Jacket to accomplish that in a career.
Thomas as well as sophomore Caitlin Jordan each extended their career-high hitting streaks to 10 games in that second inning.
Florida State got three runs back in the third inning on a hit batsman with the bases loaded and then Kristie McConn had a two-run single up the middle making it a 7-3 game in favor of the Jackets after two and a half innings.
Hamilton enjoyed a 1-2-3 inning in the third but the Tech bats came right back in the fourth inning. Weseman added a two-run triple and Priebe followed with a RBI double as the Jackets opened up a 10-3 lead.
Tech ended the game in the fifth inning on a RBI single by senior Christy Jones.
In game two, Florida State jumped on the board first as Jen Lapicki crushed a two-run homer to left field.
The Yellow Jackets came back with four two-out runs in the second inning to take a 4-2 lead. Thomas had a two-run single and then Weseman made it 4-2 with a two-run double that hit the top of the fence in left-center field and bounced back in the field.
Junior Kate Kuzma made it a 5-2 game when she led off the third inning with a home run, her fifth of the season. Tech added a run in the fourth inning as well on a RBI ground out by Thomas to take a 6-2 lead.
The Jackets rounded out their scoring with a RBI single off the bat of Priebe in the sixth.
Georgia Tech and Florida State will play the final regular season game tomorrow at 1 p.m. Live video, audio, blog and stats will be available at www.RamblinWreck.com. Next week, the Yellow Jackets will host the ACC Championship at Mewborn Field. Tech will be the No. 1 seed and open up the single-elimination tournament on Friday at 5 p.m. against No. 8 Virginia.
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