April 3, 2015
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies (28-9) slipped past the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (13-24), 1-0, Friday night at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Jackets and Aggies square off in a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday to wrap up the three-game series on the SEC Network +. Samantha Pierannunzi went 2-for-3 to lead Georgia Tech and Courtney Ziese added a hit.
“This game is a game of inches and unfortunately they capitalized,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. `I thought we played a great game against a very good team. Samantha Pierannunzi had two hits and I think she’s starting to see the ball really well now. We just have to make some adjustments, and come out and play hard tomorrow.
“Kylie Kleinschmidt did a great job and she’s pitching well down the stretch here, which is good for our team. She pitched a great game against a great hitting offense in Texas A&M and made good defensive plays too.”
Georgia Tech starter Kylie Kleinschmidt and Texas A&M’s Rachel Fox took a pitcher’s duel into the sixth inning with each pitcher giving up just two hits.
The Aggies struck first in the bottom of the sixth on a first-pitch leadoff home run by Tori Vidales. That’s all the runs Texas A&M would get in the inning as the Aggies stranded two runners on base.
Kleinschmidt (5-16) not only pitched solidly for the Jackets, but played excellent defense snagging all four grounders that came her way. The senior was pinned with the loss giving up just one run on five hits and five strikeouts in a complete-game effort.
Fox (15-6) earned the win allowing no runs and three hits.
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