Feb. 29, 2012
PANTHERSVILLE, Ga. – A home run by Brenna Morrissey in the bottom of the sixth was the difference maker as Georgia State beat the No. 25 Georgia Tech softball team 2-1 Wednesday night at Bob Heck Field.
The win was GSU’s first over Tech since February 9, 2008 as the Yellow Jackets had won the last 10 games between the two teams. The loss is only the second for head coach Sharon Perkins to the crosstown rival during her tenure at Tech.
The Jackets (8-8) were led by Ashley Thomas who was 2-for-3 on the night scoring Tech’s lone run of the game. Morrissey’s lone hit was the game winner for Georgia State (12-4).
Kylie Kleinschmidt (0-2) had a no hitter going through four innings, eventually allowing two runs on just three hits to the Panthers. The rookie had a strike out in every inning except the fifth, fanning seven throughout the game.
The Jackets were the first to attack in the top of the fifth inning as Thomas led things off beating out a single to shortstop. She stole second and moved over to third on a groundout to second by Hayley Downs. Thomas came around to score on a screaming liner that the GSU shortstop just couldn’t handle by Alysha Rudnik to give Tech a 1-0 advantage.
Kleinschmidt gave up her first hit of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, a double to the left centerfield gap by Lauren Coleman who eventually came around to score and tie things up at one-all. A busted attempt on a suicide squeeze allowed Tech to make the second out of the inning and a fly out to right ended the Panther threat.
On the first pitch of GSU’s half of the sixth, Brenna Morrissey went yard with a homer over the left field wall to give State the 2-1 advantage and victory.
The Jackets return to action this weekend at the Buzz Classic in Woodstock, Ga. Tech will start its weekend off with a 5 p.m. game on Friday night against Winthrop.
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