March 22, 2017
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Georgia Tech softball (9-20) dropped a doubleheader at North Florida (19-13), 5-3 and 8-0 (6), on Wednesday in Jacksonville, Fla.
Georgia Tech returns to Atlanta to continue its non-conference swing with three games against North Dakota State. Saturday’s doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. and is Tech’s annual StrikeOut Cancer pink games. Sunday’s game at 12 p.m. is Alumni Day.
“It was a tough day for our team,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “We have to go back to the drawing board and keep moving forward.”
How It Happened
Game 1: UNF 5, GT 3
The Ospreys got on the board first with a run on three hits in the opening frame. North Florida added two runs on a home run in the second to make it 3-0.
The Jackets retaliated with a three-run third inning. Jessica Kowalewicz drew a walk and Malea Bell singled. With one out, Kelsey Chisholm stepped into the box and rocked a home run, her sixth of the season, over the left-field fence to knot the game at three.
UNF recovered the lead 4-3 with one run in the bottom of the same frame. UNF tacked on an insurance run in the sixth to extend its lead to 5-3.
Brooke Barfield (3-8) was pinned with the loss after throwing six innings with five runs on nine hits. North Florida’s Logan Green (8-8) earned win giving up three runs on 11 hits.
Game 2: UNF 8, GT 0 (8)
UNF plated a run in the opening stanza and added three runs on four hits in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead. In the sixth inning, the Ospreys strung together four hits and used two walks to plate four runs for the 8-0 win.
Karissa Arnold singled for the Jackets, while Chisholm, Kowalewicz and Prairie each drew walks, but the Jackets couldn’t push a run across the plate.
Jenna Goodrich (4-5) suffered the loss throwing all 5.2 innings with five strikeouts. Morgan Blourne (7-3) earned the win in a complete-game effort.
– The Jackets turned two double plays in game one, marking the second game this season with two double plays.
– Ellebracht connected to catch two runners stealing on the day. She leads the ACC in that category with 11 runners caught stealing and Tech leads the ACC with 13 total runners caught stealing.
– Kelsey Chisholm went 3-for-4 with a run, three RBI, a home run and a double in game one
– Katie Krzus and Prairie each had two hits in game one
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