March 29, 2017
THE FLATS – In a game that featured four-combined home runs, Georgia Tech softball (10-23) fell, 9-5, to Georgia State (22-11) on Wednesday evening at Mewborn Field.
“Georgia State is a very good hitting team,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “It’s tough to control some big hitters. Obviously we can’t give away as many free passes as we are continuing to give. I liked our resilience again; we haven’t given up in any game that we’ve played this year. We continue to work and that’s all I can ask for. We’ve got to produce better overall, but if we continue to work and continue to fight, production will happen.”
How It Happened
The Jackets came out hot as Draven Sonnon sent out her first home run of the season in the opening frame scoring Malea Bell and Jessica Kowalewicz who both singled to reach base to give Tech the 3-0 advantage.
The Panthers recovered and tied the game at three on five hits in the third inning and put up another three runs in the fourth on back-to-back home runs to take a 6-3 lead.
Georgia State tacked on a run in the fifth and two in the seventh to stretch its lead to 9-3.
The Jackets aimed to rally in the bottom of the seventh. Kowalewicz led off with a single and Chisholm’s seventh bomb of the season brought her around to make it 9-5. Katie Krzus singled to keep the rally going, but the Panthers held on to get the next three outs for the win.
Georgia State used three pitchers in the win with the second relief pitcher, Kinsley Jennings (9-4), earning the win. She pitched 4.2 innings and gave up two runs on six hits.
– Kaylee Ellebracht caught her ACC-leading 13th runner stealing. Ellebracht also produced at the plate, hitting a double and a single to go along with a walk.
– Sonnon went 2-for-4 with a run and three RBI.
– Kowalewicz had two hits and two runs.
– The game marks the ninth this season in which Tech hit at least two home runs.
The Jackets continue ACC action with a three game series at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. The series starts on Friday at 7 p.m., continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. and wraps up on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ACC Network Extra.
The pink jerseys worn for the StrikeOut Cancer games on March 25 are currently up for auction on RamblinWreck.com. The jerseys come autographed by the entire team and net proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The auction ends April 1 at 12 p.m. Click here to bid.
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