April 16, 2011
ATLANTA – Junior Kelsi Weseman went 4-for-7 with three home runs and six RBI and sophomore Caitlin Jordan was 5-for-7 with two home runs and four RBI as the No. 23/22 Georgia Tech softball team (36-8, 10-1 ACC) swept North Carolina (27-18, 9-5) 6-4 and 7-5 Saturday afternoon at Mewborn Field. The wins extend Tech’s ACC record winning streak in conference series’ to 21.
In game one, the Yellow Jackets trailed 4-3 in the seventh inning when sophomore Caitlin Jordan hit a walk-off, three-run home run to give Georgia Tech a 6-4 win. Jordan was 3-for-3 with three RBI and a walk in the game. Freshman Lindsey Anderson (8-0) got the win as she pitched the final two innings in relief of senior Kristen Adkins. She gave up one earned run on one hit. She did not walk a batter and struck out five.
In game two, the Yellow Jackets scored six runs in the fourth inning to erase a 4-1 deficit. The highlight of the inning was a three-run home run by Weseman. Jordan followed with a home run, the fifth time Tech has hit back-to-back homers this season. Anderson (9-0) pitched the final 4.2 innings to earn her second relief win of the day. She allowed one run on six hits hits while walking two and striking out eight.
In game one, North Caroline ace Lori Spingola got out of a bases loaded jam in the second inning and then her offense helped her out with some runs in the next half inning. With two on and two out, Haleigh Dickey launched the 10th pitch she saw from senior Kristen Adkins over the fence in left field for a three-run homer. All of the runs were unearned after the first Tar Heel of the inning reached on an error.
Georgia Tech came right back with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. After freshman Ashley Thomas reached on a fielders choice, stole second and third base and then came around to score on a two-run home run by junior Kelsi Weseman. It was Weseman’s team-high 16th home run of the season and made it a 3-2 game.
The Jackets came back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. With runners at the corners and one out, junior Kate Kuzma dropped down a squeeze bunt and freshman Ashley Thomas slid home safely with the tying run. Tech still had runners at first and third with one out, but Spingola was able to get out of the jam.
Freshman Lindsey Anderson came into the game for the sixth inning and struck out the side but Logan Foulks led off the seventh inning with a home run to left-center field putting North Carolina on top 4-3.
The lead was short-lived as Jordan continued her hot play with the walk-off homer. Freshman Alysha Rudnik got the rally going by getting hit by a pitch and then went to third base on a single by Kuzma off the third baseman’s glove down the line. Jordan then delivered the game-winner with a line drive over the fence in right-center field on a 2-2 pitch.
In game two, Weseman took the first pitch she saw from UNC hurler Sara Buchholz over the fence in dead center field for her second home run of the day and 17th of the season. The Yellow Jackets had two on with two outs but Buchholz was able to get out of the jam.
UNC tied the game in the top of the second when Rush walked in a run but she got a ground ball to avoid any further damage.
In the top of the third inning, the Tar Heels struck for three more runs and knocked Rush out of the game. Logan Foulks had a two-run single and then pinch hitter Cara Vitale added a RBI single off of Anderson, who came in the game out of the bullpen. The Tar Heels had the bases loaded and still just one out, but Anderson got a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
The Yellow Jackets exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 7-4 lead. With runners at second and third and no outs, a RBI ground out by senior Jessica Weaver and a RBI single off the bat of senior Christy Jones made it a 4-3 game. Spingola, the game one starter, came in and after allowing Thomas to reach on an error, Weseman took her deep with a three-run home run to dead center field making it a 6-4 game in favor of the Yellow Jackets. For Weseman, it was her second home run of the game, third of the day and 18th on the season.
Jordan followed with a solo home run making it the fifth time the Yellow Jackets have gone back-to-back this season, as Georgia Tech took a 7-4 lead into the fifth.
Georgia Tech and North Carolina conclude their three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m. Live video, audio and stats for all three games is available at RamblinWreck.com.
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