MARIETTA, Ga. (March 25) – Georgia Tech defeated Tennessee Tech, 5-4, in eight innings in its final game of pool play Saturday night in the Buzz Classic, but the Yellow Jackets did not advance to the bracket portion of the 25-team tournament at the Al Bishop Softball Complex.
Beth Warren scored the winning run on a wild pitch with nobody out in the eighth inning against Tennessee Tech (18-18), which completed a comeback from a 4-0 deficit and improved the Yellow Jackets’ record to 17-21. Anne Knobbe, the ACC’s leading hitter, belted her 14th home run of the season, a two-run blast in the fifth inning, and drove home the game-tying run for Tech in the seventh on a ground out.
Tiffany Goodman (8-12) earned the pitching victory for Tech, while Adrienne Fortmann took the loss. Katie Maroon’s two-run homer in the fourth helped stake the Golden Eagles to a 4-0 lead.
The Yellow Jackets, 2-2 in the tournament, lost to Florida A&M, 4-2, in their third game of pool play Saturday afternoon. Tonya Minick and Kim Browning had RBI singles in the fifth inning for Florida A&M to snap a 2-2 tie. The Rattlers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning before the Jackets tied the game in the fourth on RBI singles from Lindsay Wood (3-for-3) and Susanne Miller.
Amber Alford (12-6) picked up the win after scattering seven hits. Jamie Smith (9-9) took the loss despite allowing just two earned runs in six innings.
The top 12 teams in pool play advanced to the single-elimination bracket portion of the tournament, which began Saturday night and culminates with the championship game at 1 p.m. Sunday. Southwest Missouri State (4-0), East Carolina (4-0), Florida Atlantic (4-0) and Evansville (3-1) earned the top four seeds, with Connecticut, Tennessee Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Florida International, Illinois-Chicago, North Carolina, Maryland and Florida A&M filling out the field.
Georgia Tech returns to action 2 p.m. Tuesday against Brown at Glenn Field.
SATURDAY'S POOL PLAY SCORESPool 1Tennessee Tech 3, College of Charleston 0College of Charleston 3, Marshall 1Florida A&M 4, Georgia Tech 2Florida A&M 4, Marshall 0Georgia Tech 5, Tennessee Tech 4Tennessee Tech (3-1), Florida A&M (3-1) advancePool 2Maryland 4, Mercer 0Southwest Missouri State 8, Harvard 0Maryland 8, Coastal Carolina 3Southwest Missouri State 14, Mercer 3Coastal Carolina 4, Harvard 1Southwest Missouri State (4-0), Maryland (3-1) advancePool 3Evansville 9, Virginia Tech 1Connecticut 2, Georgia State 0North Carolina 5, Virginia Tech 0Connecticut 2, Evansville 0North Carolina 3, Georgia State 2Evansville (3-1), North Carolina (3-1), Connecticut (3-1) advancePool 4Samford 3, Campbell 2Florida International 7, Brown 0East Carolina 5, Samford 0Brown 5, Campbell 4East Carolina 8, Florida International 0East Carolina (4-0), Florida International (3-1) advancePool 5Middle Tennessee State 8, Ohio 0Florida Atlantic 1, Rhode Island 0Illinois-Chicago 8, Ohio 0Middle Tennessee State 6, Rhode Island 0Florida Atlantic 1, Illinois-Chicago 0Florida Atlantic (4-0), Illinois-Chicago (2-2), Middle Tennessee State (2-2) advanceBRACKET SCHEDULEFirst Round, Saturday NightConnecticut vs. Tennessee TechMiddle Tennessee State vs. Florida InternationalIllinois-Chicago vs. North CarolinaMaryland vs. Florida A&MQuarterfinals, Sunday, 9 a.m.Game 1 -- Evansville vs. Connecticut/Tennessee Tech winnerGame 2 -- East Carolina vs. Middle Tennessee/Florida International winnerGame 3 -- Florida Atlantic vs. Illinois-Chicago/North Carolina winnerGame 4 -- Southwest Missouri State vs. Maryland/Florida A&M winnerSemi-finals, Sunday, 11 a.m.Game 1 winner vs. game 2 winnerGame 3 winner vs. game 4 winnerChampionship game, 1 p.m.