MONROE, LA (Feb. 18) – The Georgia Tech softball team dropped both of its bracket-play games on the final day of the Mardi Gras Classic in Monroe, La. The Jackets dropped a 3-1 decision to Southeastern Louisiana in the first game of the day and then went nine innings before falling to Drake by a 2-1 count.
In the first game, Tech (4-4) opened the scoring in the bottom of the third as Sara Wissmann scored on a RBI single by Susanne Miller after reaching base on a walk. Tara Knudsen factored in the inning with a slap single over third base.
Southeastern (5-4) took advantage of a Tech error in the top of the fourth inning in plating three runs to take a decisive 3-1 lead. Heather Dye began the rally with a one-out triple and scored on a single by Kristy Menke. The big hit of the inning was Christina GarseeÆs two-RBI single that scored both Sara Gascon and Brooke Kostic, who reached on a fielder’s choice and a Yellow Jacket error respectively.
Tech’s Erin Voeltz (2-2) took the loss for the Jackets after going the distance and striking out a pair of Lions. Southeastern starting pitcher Susan Hill (4-1) stifled the Tech offense, as she struck out six and allowed only four base runners, while giving up only two hits in the contest. In the JacketsÆ second game versus Drake, Tech starter Tiffany Goodman and Bulldog starter Allison Stewart dueled for seven scoreless innings, allowing only six hits between them.
During the first extra frame, the Bulldogs (1-3) went ahead in the top half of the inning, as Mollie Murphy, who had been placed at second due to the tiebreaker procedure, scored from third on a sacrifice fly by Lauren Smith. Tech answered in the bottom of the eighth, as freshman Erin Glantz scored on an RBI groundout by Jamie Frost. Glantz reached third on a base hit to right field by senior Susanne Miller, who finished the game 2-for-2 at the plate. Drake completed the scoring in the game during the top of the ninth inning, as Stewart helped herself with a game-winning RBI single that plated Kara DeShaw, who had led off the inning on second base.
Goodman (2-2) was saddled with the loss as she went the distance, allowing five hits, striking out two and giving up no walks. Stewart (1-1) was the winner for Drake, as she allowed just three hits and struck out a pair, while walking three Tech batters.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action on Wednesday, February 21, when they travel to Georgia State for a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 p.m.