Feb. 9, 2017
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – On the first day of the Puerto Rico Tournament, the Georgia Tech softball team (0-1) fell, 8-1, to No. 24 Cal (1-0) on Thursday at Donna Terry Stadium.
“I thought we played pretty well for four innings,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “We got on base and we need to produce especially with runners in scoring position. I credit our team for getting on base, but we have to be able to advance runners.”
How It Happened
The Jackets struck first in the second inning. Jenna Goodrich led off with a single through the right side, followed by a walk drawn by Jessica Kowalewicz. Kelsey Chisholm reached on a fielder’s choice and a Cal misplay on her steal to second allowed Goodrich to cross the plate.
The Bears came back with a three spot in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead on four hits. Cal tacked on an insurance run in the fifth on two hits, but Malea Bell made a diving catch and fired to second for a double play to limit any further damage. Cal sealed its win with a four run, four hit sixth inning to take the 8-1 lead.
Emily Anderson (0-1) earned the start and was pinned with the loss. She pitched 4.1 innings with two strikeouts four runs and eight hit, before sophomore Jenna Goodrich took over for the remaining 1.2 innings.
Cal’s Zoe Conley (1-0) earned the win, pitching all seven innings and allowing one run on three hits.
– Draven Sonnon doubled, and Jenna Goodrich and Samantha Pierannunzi had hits for Tech
– Jessica Kowalewicz drew two walks
– Pierannunzi had a diving catch in centerfield and got the outfield assist at the plate
The Yellow Jackets take on Illinois at 11:30 a.m. ET on day two of the Puerto Rico Tournament.
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