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Tech Drops 4-3 Heartbreaker to No. 21 FSU

April 16, 2012

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TALLHASSEE, Fla. – In yet another back-and-forth game, the Georgia Tech softball team fell in a close one 4-3 to Florida State. The Yellow Jackets dropped to 31-18 on the year and 10-5 in the ACC while Florida State improved to 38-10 and 12-3 in ACC play.

Rush came within one run of earning her 21st win of the season pitching six innings, allowing nine hits and four runs. Lacey Waldrop picked up the win for the Seminoles improving to 16-3 on the year.

Kate Kuzma was 2-for-2 on the night with a single and a double while also drawing a walk, scoring one of Tech’s three runs.

FSU got on the board first manufacturing a run after Tiffani Brown got hit by a pitch to lead things off. Tech bounced back in the next half inning, however, scoring two runs of its own. After a beautiful leadoff single up the middle by Kate Kuzma and Karly Fullem got hit by a pitch, Katie Johnsky drove in Kuzma from second on a single through the right side.

Fullem moved up to second and was replaced on the basepaths by Kelly Delashmit who took headed to third on a fielder’s choice. Delashmit came across on batter later to put Tech up 2-1 after FSU threw down to second as Hayley Downs took off on a steal and the ball got bobbled in the field.

The Seminoles evened things up in the bottom of the third using a double to left center to score Shayla Jackson from first and regained the lead in the fourth inning putting two more on the board after loading the bases with no outs. Karly Fullem made some great plays at first to help Tech out of the inning.

Tech managed to cut the lead to just one as Chelsie Thomas manufactured a run using her speed, first to beat out an infield single, then to steal second and third and finally to come home on a ground out to short, all in one at bat. But it wasn’t enough as the Jacket fell by one run for the second-straight game to Florida State.

The Jackets are back in action on Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. in Athens for a meeting with rival Georgia. The Bulldogs are ranked 11th in the country entering the meeting, though the Jackets earned a 2-0 victory over the Dawgs when they were ranked eighth earlier in the season at Mewborn Field.

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