Feb. 28, 2016
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Georgia Tech softball team (2-9) fell to South Carolina (13-2), 3-1, in the teams’ final game of the Gaucho Classic hosted by UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.
“I thought we played a good team very well today,” head coach Shelly Hoerner said. “I thought Emily [Anderson] pitched well, and I thought we played good defense. We’ve got to make some adjustments hitting wise, but I’m proud of the way we played overall against a good South Carolina team.”
How It Happened
In the bottom of the opening stanza, South Carolina tallied two hits and a walk with no outs to load the bases. A sacrifice fly to center for the Gamecocks brought in one, before the Jackets could end the inning.
In the top of the third with two outs, Samantha Pierannunzi took a first pitch offering over the centerfield wall for her second home run of the season and tied the game 1-1.
In the bottom of the same frame, South Carolina regained the lead, 2-1, thanks to a single to the left side, which scored a runner from second. The Gamecocks tacked on an additional run to go up 3-1 in the fifth inning.
Emily Anderson (2-5) suffered the loss, allowing three runs with five strike outs in six innings pitched. South Carolina’s Jessica Elliott (9-0) earned the win throwing the first five innings before being relieved by Nicki Blue who earned the save.
The Yellow Jackets return to Atlanta to host Mercer in a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 4 p.m. Georgia Tech begins ACC play Saturday, March 5 at Louisville.
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