April 26, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Georgia Tech softball team dropped two games to the sixth-ranked Florida State Seminoles Saturday night at JoAnne Graf Field. The Yellow Jackets (23-22, 11-16 ACC) fell to the Seminoles (46-6, 23-3 ACC) 5-1 and 4-0. The series finale is set for Sunday at 12 p.m.
Game 1: Florida State 5, Georgia Tech 1
A lead off hit, followed by a walk and then a wild pitch put runners on third and second with no outs for the Seminoles in the second inning. Celeste Gomez capitalized on the situation with a two-RBI double to deep right center. Georgia Tech starter Kylie Kleinschmidt got out of a two-on, no-out jam by retiring the next three straight batters.
Florida State tacked on an additional run in the third as a sacrifice fly to left from Bailey Schinella scored Victoria East who tripled earlier in the inning.
The Jackets got on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Alysha Rudnik and Kanani Cabrales drew back-to-back walks to leadoff and moved around on a sacrifice bunt by Chelsie Thomas. With one out, Katie Johnsky sent a chopper up the middle to plate Rudnik.
Samantha Pierannunzi extended her hitting streak to 13 games with a double in the sixth inning, but the Jackets couldn’t bring her around.
A two-run triple off the bat of Tiffani Brown gave the Seminoles a 5-1 lead in the sixth. Morgan Taylor rocked a pinch-hit double in the seventh, but it wasn’t enough as the Jackets fell 5-1.
Kleinschmidt (15-12) suffered the loss, yielding three runs on three hits in 4.2 innings pitched. Karly Fullem entered the game in relief in the fifth inning and tossed 2.0 innings with two run on two hits.
Lacey Waldrop (30-4) earned the win, giving up one run on four hits in a complete-game effort.
Game 2: Florida State 4, Georgia Tech 0
The Jackets and No. 6 Seminoles went toe-to-toe through five innings. Florida State’s bats warmed up in the sixth inning as the Seminoles were able to put up four runs on four hits before Johnsky’s diving catch in left field ended the inning.
The Jackets tallied two hits, both coming in the fourth inning off the bats of Rudnik and Johnsky.
Kanani Cabrales (7-10) suffered the loss, scattering six hits with four runs in a complete-game effort. Jessica Burroughs (16-1) absorbed the win, giving up two hits in seven innings of work.