April 30, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The No. 20/20 Georgia Tech softball team (41-8, 15-1 ACC) pounded out 21 hits en route to a doubleheader sweep of Boston College (14-28, 5-12) Saturday afternoon at Shea Field. The Yellow Jackets won game one 2-1 and then game two, 11-2 in five innings, to clinch their third straight ACC regular season title. The wins also clinched Tech’s ACC record 23rd straight series win.
This is the sixth time in the last seven years the Yellow Jackets have had at least 40 wins.
The Yellow Jackets won game one behind a one-hitter by senior Kristen Adkins. She improved to 19-5 on the season as she retired 15 of the final 16 batters after staking BC to an early 1-0 lead. She walked five and struck out five. Senior Kristine Priebe hit the game-winning home run for Tech leading off the sixth inning as the Yellow Jackets out-hit BC 10-1 in the game.
Game two saw freshman Ashley Thomas, junior Kate Kuzma and sophomore Caitlin Jordan each record three RBI as Tech won 11-2 in five innings. Junior Kelsi Weseman added two RBI as well as the Jackets pounded out 11 hits in the game. Freshman Lindsey Anderson went the distance for the Yellow Jackets as she improved to 11-0 on the season. Anderson allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits. She walked three and struck out seven.
Game one saw Boston College take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two-out bloop RBI single by Maria Pandolfo just out of the reach of junior shortstop Kelsi Weseman.
Georgia Tech came back to tie the game in the top of the fourth. Senior Kristine Priebe led off with a walk on a nine-pitch at bat and then sophomore pinch runner Kelly Delashmit scored the tying run later in the inning on a sac fly by freshman Alysha Rudnik.
Priebe gave the Yellow Jackets their first lead of the game when she led off the sixth inning with her 13th home run of the season as she snuck one just fair inside the left-field foul pole. Tech had runners at second and third with two outs looking for some insurance but BC pitcher Allison Gage struck out junior pinch hitter Danielle Dike to keep it a 2-1 game.
In game two, the Yellow Jackets scored six times in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead. Sophomore Caitlin Jordan got the inning going with a two-run home run, her seventh in the last eight games, and seventh of the season. Later in the inning a two-run triple by freshman Ashley Thomas and a two-run single by junior Kate Kuzma accounted for the other Jacket runs.
BC got a run back when Tory Speer led off the bottom of the second inning when Troy Speer led off with a home run. The Eagles added an unearned run later in the inning but Anderson got out of a two-on and two-out jam to keep it a 6-2 game after two.
Georgia Tech added four more runs in the fourth inning to break the game open with a 10-2 lead. Weseman had a two-run double while Kuzma and Jordan also added RBI hits.
Thomas added a RBI double in the fifth inning to account for the 11th and final Tech run.
Georgia Tech and Boston College close out their three-game series tomorrow with the final game beginning at Noon. Live audio and stats will be available at RamblinWreck.com.
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