April 17, 2010
ATLANTA – Junior Kristine Priebe went 3-for-4 with two home runs and seven RBI and redshirt senior Jen Yee was on base in all seven plate appearances as the No. 9/7 Georgia Tech Softball team (40-6, 13-1 ACC) scored 20 runs en route to a pair of run-rule wins over Boston College (12-24, 0-11) Saturday afternoon on Senior Day at Mewborn Field. Tech won 9-0 in Game One and 11-3 in Game Two, both in five innings.
Yee now has 121 walks in her career, breaking Tara Knudsen’s career mark of 119. She also broke Aileen Morales single-season runs scored record. Yee has now crossed the plate 74 times this season. Morales scored 73 runs in 2007. Yee has done it in 24 less games.
Georgia Tech has now won 15 straight ACC series’ dating back to the 2008 season. That ties Virginia Tech who won 15 straight series as well from 2006 to 2008. Yee was 3-for-3 on the day with four runs scored, a double, a home run, two RBI, three walks and a hit batsman. The home run was her 23rd of the season and moves her within one of Whitney Haller’s school and ACC single-season record 24 she set in 2006.
Priebe was also hit by two pitches on the day to go along with her three hits and seven RBI. Since moving back into the clean-up spot 21 games ago, she has driven in 39 runs. Priebe had just nine RBI in her first 25 games this season.
Sophomores Kelsi Weseman, Jessica Sinclair and Danielle Dike all had three hits apiece for the Yellow Jackets as they had 19 combined hits in the two games. Weseman had two doubles and four RBI, while Dike added a two-run home run. Junior Christy Jones was also 2-for-3 with two runs scored as she continues her hit hitting in the month of April.
Sophomore Hope Rush, who accounted for the team’s fifth home run at the plate, improved to 22-4 on the season with a two-hit shutout in Game One. She walked two and struck out two. In Game Two, sophomore Jessica Coan picked up a win in relief as she pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless ball. Coan is now 12-1 on the year as she scattered three hits with one walked one and fanned three.
In Game One, the Yellow Jackets scored all nine runs in the first two innings, including a seven spot in the second inning. In the first inning, a sac fly by Weseman and RBI single by Priebe accounted for the runs.
Jones got the second inning rally going with a one-out single. Yee was hit by a pitch and the Jackets soon had two on with two outs. A RBI single by Weseman made it 3-0 and then Priebe blew the game wide open with a three-run home run. After Rush followed with a home run, the fourth time this season the Yellow Jackets have hit back-to-back round-trippers, BC starting pitcher Nicole D’Argento was relieved by Taylor Peyton.
Peyton didn’t fare any better as she surrendered a two-run home run by Dike to account for the final runs of the game.
In game two, Boston College scored single runs in each of the first three innings and led 3-1 heading to the bottom of the third. Junior Kristen Adkins started was but relieved by Coan with one out in the third inning. She came in with two on and was able to minimize the damage.
Coan was then helped out as her offense put up a nine-spot in the bottom of the third inning. With one out Priebe was hit by a pitch and after Rush walked, a RBI single by Sinclair made it a 3-2 game. Dike singled to load the bases and then junior Jessica Weaver reached on an error allowing the tying run to score. After freshman pinch hitter Caitlin Jordan drove in the fourth Tech run on a ground out, BC intentionally walked Yee to load the bases with two outs.
BC pitcher Allison Gage hit sophomore Kate Kuzma with the first pitch forcing in another run and then Weseman delivered a two-run double making it 7-3. Priebe busted the game wide open with a three-run home run, her second of the day and 13th of the season, making the score 10-3. That home run came off Peyton, who came into the game in relief of Gage after the Weseman double.
Tech enforced the run-rule in the bottom of the fifth inning on a RBI double by Yee.
Georgia Tech and Boston College will finish the series with a single game at Mewborn Field tomorrow at 1 p.m. It will be the final regular season home games for the Yellow Jackets. Live video, audio and stats will be available at www.RamblinWreck.com.