ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech softball team extended its win streak to five games with a doubleheader sweep of Eastern Michigan on March 6. The Yellow Jackets (11-6) were the beneficiaries of three Eagle errors in the first game en route to a 8-0, six-inning win. In game two, Tech held off a seventh-inning rally by EMU to claim a 3-2 victory.
In day’s first game, Tech got on the scoreboard first with six runs in the bottom of the second inning off Eastern Michigan starter Aimee Hamilton (0-2). All of the runs in the frame were unearned as the Eagles committed three errors in the inning, as the Jackets did not have a hit. Tech sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning. A pair of outfield errors and a wild pitch allowed five of the runs to score, and the sixth scored when Sara Wissmann stole home after reaching on a three-base error.
The Jackets closed out the scoring in the game in the bottom of the sixth inning to invoke the mercy rule, as Wissmann’s triple to right field plated Erin Glantz, who had reached base on a fielder’s choice. Wissmann scored the game’s final run as she scored on an RBI single by Jamie Frost.
Sophomore Mimi Utt (1-0) earned her first win of the year in her first start of the season, as she went five innings, allowing only two hits and no runs. Fellow second-year performer Tiffany Goodman ensured the shutout with one inning of relief. Hamilton was the hard-luck loser as she allowed six hits and eight runs, only two of which were earned while striking out five.
In game two, Tech scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, as a pair of Eagle errors contributed to both runs. Freshman Tara Knudsen scored the first run on an infield error after singling to lead off the inning. Lindsay Wood crossed the plate with the second run after an error by EMU’s catcher on a throw from the outfield allowed the ball to reach the backstop.
The Jackets picked up a needed insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning, as Ellen Styer led off the inning with a single and wound up scoring on a single by Jennifer Biggers and a pair of EMU errors on the play.
The Eagles put two runs on the board in the top of the seventh inning, as both Carolyn Grutza and Crystal Thompson scored on a two-out error by the Tech outfield. Voeltz was able to strike out the next batter to end the threat.
Freshman Erin Voeltz (5-3) earned her fifth win of the year, as she went the distance, allowing the two unearned runs and striking out a season-high seven batters. Jessica Price (0-3) threw only two innings but took the loss without allowing an earned run.
The Yellow Jackets will return to action on Thursday as they compete in the Speedline Invitational in Tampa, Fla., beginning at 1 p.m. against Boston University.