ATLANTA (Feb. 24) – The Georgia Tech softball team was unable to come up with timely hitting and dropped a pair of games to visiting Troy State on Saturday afternoon at Glenn Field. The Yellow Jackets fell short in the first game, losing 2-1, and amassed 12 hits but could not plate a run in a 4-0 loss in game two.
The Trojans (9-2) got on the board first in the day’s opening game, as they took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, when Irene Mitchell sent Tech pitcher Erin Voeltz’ 3-2 pitch over the left field wall for a solo home run.
In the top of the fifth inning, Troy State again recorded a lead off home run, as Bridget McInnes left the park with her homer to left field. That hit gave the Trojans all the runs they would need in the game as they took a 2-0 lead.
The Jackets (6-6) scored their only run of the afternoon in the bottom of the sixh inning, as freshman Tara Knudsen recorded her first career home run, as she drove Troy State pitcher Kim Unkenholz’ 1-1 pitch over the left field wall.
Voeltz (3-3) took the loss for Tech, as she went the distance, allowing five hits and two walks, while striking out four. Unkenholz (4-0) remained perfect on the year as she scattered five Yellow Jacket hits and struck out two while allowing the lone run.
In the day’s second game, Troy State got all of its runs in the first two innings, plating four runs in the opening frames to take the decisive 4-0 lead.
The Trojans big inning was the second as they plated three runs. Mindy Porep opened the scoring as she drove in Kami Marrott with a bases-loaded RBI single to right field. Irene Mitchell followed two batters later with an RBI single to center that scored Peggy Swift from third. Mitchell led the Trojans at the plate going 2-for-3. Troy State scored the final run of the game on an error later in the inning.
Georgia Tech recorded a season-high 12 hits in the game, but was unable to score in the contest. Jamie Frost was one of four Jackets with two hits, as she recorded a pair of doubles in going 2-for-4 at the plate.
Trojan starter Cassie Wilkenson (4-1) earned the win by striking out three and walking only one in the complete-game shutout. Tiffany Goodman (3-3) was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs, only two of which were earned, and seven hits in the game.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action on March 2-4, when they travel across town to compete in the Georgia State Tournament with an opening game against Campbell at 10:00 a.m. on Friday morning.