April 13, 2010
ATLANTA – Redshirt senior Jen Yee went 4-for-5 with a double, seven runs scored, a home run, two RBI and three walks as the No. 9/7 Georgia Tech Softball team (37-6) swept Georgia Southern (20-19) Tuesday afternoon at Mewborn Field.
The Yellow Jackets won Game One 14-2 in five innings and then scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game Two to pull out a 5-4 win. Junior Kristine Priebe was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh inning of Game Two forcing in the tying run and then freshman Hope Rush had a walk-off RBI single.
Sophomore Jessica Coan (11-1) won the first game as she pitched four perfect innings with four strikeouts. In Game Two, Rush (20-4) won her 20th game of the season as she worked three innings of relief. Junior Christy Jones was 3-for-4 on the day with three runs scored and a stolen base. Sophomore Kelsi Weseman also had three hits to go along with two runs scored, a double, four RBI, two walks and a hit by pitch. Rush had four RBI on the day, including the walk-off hit in the night cap.
The only home run on the day for Tech belonged to Yee. It was her 22nd of the season moving her within two of Whitney Haller for the Georgia Tech and ACC single-season record. Haller hit 24 in 2006.
The Yellow Jackets wasted no time in jumping on GSU starting pitcher Megen Smith. Tech sent 15 batters to the plate and scored a season-high 11 runs in the frame. Yee got it started with a single and then stole second base. Weseman walked later in the inning and with one out, Priebe made it a 1-0 game as she doubled in Yee. After Rush walked to load the bases, sophomore Danielle Dike was hit with a 1-2 pitch forcing in the inning’s second run. Snith struck out sophomore Jessica Sinclair for the second out, but did not retire another batter.
Junior Jessica Weaver had a two-run single in the first inning as well while freshman Caitlin Jordan and sophomore Kate Kuzma also had RBI singles for the Yellow Jackets. Smith then hit both Weseman and Priebe, the latter of which forced in another run, and that was the end of the day for her. Kaitlynn Szczepanski came in and gave up a three-run double into the left-field corner by Rush which made it 11-0.
The Jackets added two more runs in the second inning on RBI’s by Yee and Weseman and the 14th run came on Yee’s solo home run in the fourth inning.
Coan was perfect through the first three innings before being relieved by freshman Rachel Glazebrook in the fourth. Glazebrook gave up two runs on a Megen Smith homer and four hits in the inning and then Coan came back out for the fifth inning to preserve the win. She pitched a perfect final frame and finished the game with four strikeouts.
Game Two started off as a pitcher’s duel between Tech junior Kristen Adkins and Georgia Southern ace Brianna Streetmon. It was a scoreless game until the third inning when Tech struck for the game’s first run. Yee doubled with one out and came around to score on a two-out single by Weseman.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Georgia Southern struck for three unearned runs in the top of the fourth inning. After two Jacket errors, GSU had runners at second and third with two outs. Hanna Ennis had a two-run single and then Mackenzie Williams followed with a RBI single to put the Eagles on top 3-1.
Rush entered the game to start the fifth inning but a RBI double by Smith made it a 4-1 game.
Tech began to chip away in the bottom of the inning as it plated two runs to get back in the game at 4-3. Jones led off with an infield single and then stole second base. After Yee was intentionally walked, Kuzma bunted both of them into scoring position. Weseman followed with a two-run single making it a 4-3 game and was able to get to second base on a wild throw back in from right fielder Megen Smith. Weseman got to third base in the frame, but Tech was unable to drive her in.
Rush did her job keeping the Eagles off the scoreboard and that set the stage for the Jacket’ second walk-off win in the last four days.
Jones once again started the rally, this time singling into left field. Yee was intentionally walked and then Kuzma bunted each of them into scoring position. After Streetmon intentionally walked Weseman to load the bases, she hit Priebe with the first pitch forcing in Jones with the tying run. Rush then came up and lined the winning single into left field and Georgia Tech was able to escape with the win.
Rush got the win as she allowed one run on three hits in three innings of relief work. She did not walk a batter and struck out three. Adkins pitched well in her four innings as she was charged with no earned runs (three total) on four hits and a walk. She also fanned three.
The Yellow Jackets hit the road tomorrow night for the first time in three weeks with a 7 p.m. game against Kennesaw State tomorrow night. Live audio and stats can be found at www.RamblinWreck.com. After the single game Wednesday, Tech hosts Boston College this weekend in its final regular season home games. The Jackets and Eagles will play a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. and then conclude with a single game Sunday, also at 1 p.m. Prior to Game One on Saturday, seniors Kelly Eppinger and Jen Yee will be honored.