Oct. 13, 2013
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech softball team picked up two wins Sunday against Georgia Gwinnett College at Mewborn Field. The Jackets defeated the Grizzlies 3-1 and 10-1 in the second week of fall ball.
In game one, Georgia Tech won 3-1 in six and a half innings. The teams decided to play an extra eighth inning with the international tie-breaker rule in place. The Jackets scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and out-scored the Grizzlies 3-0 in the extra inning.
The Jackets were led by sophomore Maddie Lionberger, who was 2-for-4 through seven innings with an RBI and smacked a double in the eighth inning for two runs. Senior Ashley Thomas reached base five times with three hits and two walks through eight innings.
Karly Fullem was solid in game one, going 2-for-3 with a double and pitched the eighth inning without allowing a hit or run.
In the circle, Kylie Kleinschmidt pitched the first seven innings with 11 strikeouts and six walks, allowing just one run on two hits.
In game two, Tech took a 0-0 tie into the fourth inning and broke the game open with six runs. Junior Chelsie Thomas singled, Lionberger followed with a double to start things off and Fullem homered to plate the first three runs. Caitlin Coffey’s double scored Katie Johnsky and Alysha Rudnik, and Coffey scored on a mishandled ball hit by freshman Kanani Cabrales. Coffey was 2-for-2 with a walk and four RBI in seven innings.
The Jackets tacked on four additional runs in the fifth inning, while the Grizzlies scored their only run in in the sixth.
Cabrales pitched six solid innings, scattering just three hits and allowing one run.
The teams decided to play an extra eighth inning with the international tie-breaker rule in place. The Jackets scored a run in the bottom of the seventh and out-scored the Grizzlies 3-1 in the extra inning.
The Jackets are back in action Sunday, Oct. 20 when they host Samford in a doubleheader. Action begins at 4 p.m. ET at Mewborn Field.