STATESBORO, Ga. (Feb. 10) – The Georgia Tech softball team split its season-opening doubleheader at Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon. The games were played at Eagle Field in Statesboro, Ga.
Tech (1-1) dropped the first game of the year to the Eagles by a 9-1 count, as the Jackets were only able to manage five hits off Georgia Southern starter Lacey Kammerer.
Georgia Southern opened the scoring in the first game of the afternoon by plating all nine of its runs in the bottom of the first inning. The rally was aided by three Yellow Jacket errors, as 13 Eagles came to the plate in the frame. Meghan Correia had the hit of the inning as she cleared the bases with a three-RBI double. Correia also scored on the play on a Georgia Tech error.
The Jackets got on the board in the fourth inning with a run of their own, as a double by freshman Soraya Reddick scored fellow rookie Tara Knudsen, who had reached base on a two-out walk.
Tech freshman Erin Voeltz (0-1) took the loss for the Jackets in her debut on the hill. Voeltz walked three batters in the game and gave up seven hits. For the Eagles, Kammerer picked up her first win of the season, scattering TechÆs five hits and allowing the lone run.
In the day’s second game, the Yellow Jackets came from behind to take a split and a 2-1 win over the Eagles. Georgia Southern opened the scoring once again, putting a single run across in the third inning. After Correia reached base on a walk and advanced on a sacrifice and a single by Stacie Cooper, she scored on a single by Shannan Hoobin.
Tech took a 2-1 lead in the contest in top of the fourth inning, as Kori Jacobson drove in a pair of runs with a triple to right-center field. The hit scored Knudsen, who had reached base on a single, and Jamie Frost who walked.
Jacobson led the Jackets in the second game, as she west 2-for-4 with the triple and two RBI in the contest.
Sophomore Tiffany Goodman (1-0) started the game and went four and a two third innings before being relieved by Voeltz in the fifth. Goodman scattered four hits and walked three in the game. Voeltz recorded the final out of the inning with runners on the corners, and then tossed a pair of scoreless innings, striking out four to pick up her first save.
Tech will be back on the road on Tuesday, February 13, when it travels to Greenville, S.C. for a doubleheader with the Furman Paladins beginning at 2 p.m.